M.A. The Cultural Heritage of Shakespeare's England

University of Birmingham

Application deadline: None, but early application advised
Tuition fee:
  • € 6,970 / Year (EEA)
  • € 16,030 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014, September  2015
Credits: 180 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This interdisciplinary programme is taught through an imaginative collaboration between the Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies, the Shakespeare Institute and the Ironbridge Institute at the University of Birmingham, in association with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. For those interested in a career in the heritage industry, this programme offers skills training and work experience, which can act as a path into the museums and heritage sector

This interdisciplinary programme is taught through an imaginative collaboration between the Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies, the Shakespeare Institute and the Ironbridge Institute at the University of Birmingham, in association with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. For those interested in a career in the heritage industry, this programme offers skills training and work experience, which can act as a path into the museums and heritage sector.

The programme consists of four elements:
Core taught modules

Visual and Material Culture of Shakespeares England; Visual and Material Culture; Principles and Ethics of Heritage Management; and Shakespeares Legacy

Research Skills module

This module will provide skills training and will introduce a range of research, library and generic skills as well as subject-specific training towards your work placement and final research project.

Work placement

This is a one-term placement with a heritage organisation to work on a specific project within the subject area of the cultural heritage of Shakespeares England. You will have opportunity to study material culture, and/or the built environment first-hand, developing your research skills as well as gaining practical training for historical research and professional work in the museums and heritage sector.

Research project

This is your chance to follow up topics that particularly interest you, with the opportunity to study original materials held in the Birthplace Trust Collections. The project can be delivered in the form of a 15,000 word dissertation, or you can explore opportunities to use different media, such as an audio-visual presentation supported by a written defence.

Contents

You will study four core modules:
Visual and Material Culture of Shakespeares England

This module examines the visual and material culture of Shakespeares England, with particular emphasis on the buildings, interiors and collections in Stratford-upon-Avon. It offers a broad introduction to the art, artefacts and buildings of early modern England and explores their practical and symbolic functions within the society that produced them. It also assesses the significance of the physical remnants of the period for the critical understanding, interpretation and presentation of the history and culture of Shakespeares England. This module includes study trips to buildings and collections in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Visual and Material Culture: Theories and Methods

This module provides an introduction to recent literature in the interdisciplinary fields of visual and material culture. It introduces a range of theories and research methodologies relating to the study of visual and material culture in all periods and across several disciplines, but with a particular focus on the early modern period. This provides a theoretical and methodological framework for further research and / or applied curatorial practice.

Principles and Ethics of Heritage Management

This module provides a grounding in the core values of the professional heritage industry. Topics covered include Museum ethics, Heritage organizations (international, national, regional, local), fundraising and diversification of revenue sources, marketing, heritage education and special events, interpretation and education in the museums environment, using objects / collections, oral history and live interpretation.

Shakespeares Legacy

This module considers the interpretation and cultural appropriation of Shakespeare's plays from the seventeenth century to the present day. Attention is given to changes and developments in theatrical practice and shifts in cultural attitudes towards Shakespeare and his work that informs an understanding of performance trends and the emergence of Shakespeare as cultural icon. Plays considered include some or all of King Lear, The Tempest, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, King John, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Measure for Measure.

Requirements

You will need an Honours degree in a relevant subject, such as History, English, Art History or Cultural Studies, normally at an upper second-class level or its equivalent for overseas applicants. Individuals without these qualifications (for example with a lower second-class degree, a degree in an unrelated subject or career experience in museums or heritage work) are very welcome to apply and will be considered on their individual merits. Applicants may be asked to submit written work and/or attend an interview

English Language Requirements

CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

80 (Grade A)

Funding

See the University of Birmingham Website for more details on fees and funding.

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International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

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