Are you interested in learning the ways in which Shakespeare has been used in the classroom at different historical and cultural moments?
Do you want to immerse yourself in the works and plays of Shakespeare?
The Shakespeare Institute´s MA in Shakespeare and Education is a unique, modular programme that is particularly appropriate for practicing teachers, offering the opportunity to enhance expertise in different aspects of Shakespeare’s work. Throughout the programme you will be incorporating the study of Shakespeare´s plays in performance and adaptation. You can study this programme on campus or by distance learning.
There are two admission routes to the programme:
Those who have a 2:1 degree in an appropriate subject or the Certificate of HE in Shakespeare Studies register for the MA.
Those who do not meet these formal admission requirements register initially as ‘Affiliate´ students and then change status on the successful completion of the two core modules.
In addition to the usual supporting documents, all applications must be supported by a sample of written work on Shakespeare of around 2,000 words. If you do not have an existing piece of writing to submit, please take a short passage of up to 60 lines from any Shakespeare play and write an essay of around 2,000 words which discusses the performance possibilities of this extract and how it contributes to the play as a whole.
We accept a range of qualifications.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
by holding an English language qualification to the right level
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
You will study three core modules:
Shakespeare and Pedagogy (on-site only)
This module is an opportunity to explore the history, philosophy and pedagogy of ‘teaching Shakespeare.’ You will consider the different elements of Shakespeare’s work that are taught and the methods and resources used to teach them.
Shakespeare’s Theatre (on-site and distance learning)
There are three components of this module. The first is a close reading of text that will lead to a consideration of the theatrical function and distinctive qualities of Shakespeare´s language.
Research Skills (on-site and distance learning)
This module provides you with essential research skills training applicable in the fields of Shakespeare studies, with a particular emphasis on performance studies. You will actively assess the different kinds of evidence and methods used in these fields and critically evaluate the epistemological assumptions that underline them.
You will then choose three optional modules from a range of Shakespeare Institute modules:
Shakespeare´s Craftsmanship (on-site and distance learning)
Shakespeare´s Legacy (on-site and distance learning)
Shakespeare´s Text (on-site and distance learning)
History of Shakespeare in Performance (on-site and distance learning)
This module will consider trends of acting and directing Shakespeare from the Restoration to the present day, and will exploit the Stratford archives to undertake studies of individual actors and directors from the eighteenth century onwards
Shakespearience (distance learning only)
This module considers the ways in which Shakespearean language and drama bears on experience, with a view to making the experience of Shakespeare more available to contemporary Shakespeare scholarship and creative practice.
Shakespeare and Theatre Practice (on-site only)
This module will provide you with experiential knowledge that will inform the way you interrogate and interpret performance evidence in a variety of media.
History of Shakespeare Criticism (on-site only)
The course will combine a historical overview of the main developments in Shakespeare criticism from the 1590s to the present with detailed investigation of key texts, covering: the canonization of Shakespeare; character criticism; biographical criticism; imagery and symbolist criticism; critical study of the plays as created artifacts; the relationship between criticism and performance; historicist criticism; and new critical approaches.
Plays and Poems A (on-site only)
Plays and Poems B (on-site only)
Early Modern Drama: Middleton and Jonson (on-site only)
This module will introduce and contextualise two of the most significant dramatists working in the same period as Shakespeare. Each week you will focus on a pair of plays, usually one by Jonson and one by Middleton.
You will complete the programme with a dissertation:
Dissertation (on-site and distance learning)
The dissertation is an opportunity for you to extend ideas encountered in the ´Shakespeare and Pedagogy´ module. Thus the dissertation will have a primary focus on methods, materials, or the philosophy/sociology/history of ´teaching Shakespeare´. It is possible, therefore, that a student (particularly if a practising teacher or lecturer) may be undertaking a practical project and the dissertation will be a report and assessment of the project. There should be some element of originality in the research and the research may make a contribution to the field of study. You will report the research in a dissertation of 15,000 words in appropriate academic English. In designing, carrying out and writing up the study, you will be supported by a supervisor.
Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School. The University also offers a wide range of activities and services to give our students the edge in the job market, including: career planning designed to meet the needs of postgraduates; opportunities to meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs, employer presentations and skills workshops; individual guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique; and access to comprehensive listings of hundreds of graduate jobs and work experience opportunities.
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