This unique programme has been designed to create forward-thinking conversations about what Shakespeare is and what Shakespeare can be in today’s world.
As a student on the only course of its kind in the world, you will study everything from the history of Shakespeare in society, literary criticism and theatre practices; before putting your knowledge into practice through a newly devised piece of theatre in response to Shakespeare’s work.
This creative and ambitious programme is ideal for aspiring academics, actors, writers, directors, arts administrators, as well as anyone with a lively interest in Shakespeare.
You will have the opportunity to study the life and work of Shakespeare and combine it with the thrill of producing new creative work. It brings together academic, theatrical and civic interests in Shakespeare to encourage and challenge you to think about new approaches to Shakespeare in the modern world.
Taught by world-renowned Shakespearean experts, you will explore the language and drama of Shakespeare, different approaches to performing Shakespeare and the history of Shakespeare in Society.
Delivered by and taught at The Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, the programme makes the most of the unrivalled resources of Shakespeare’s Stratford and involves expert tuition from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the Library of Birmingham.
The programme is particularly enhanced by the Institute's collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), offering unique and extensive opportunities to work with RSC artists – predominantly within the Shakespeare and Society and The Shakespeare Ensemble modules.
Why study this course?
Location – studying at The Shakespeare Institute in the heart of Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon offers you an academic experience unequalled by any other university. You will study within walking distance of Shakespeare's birthplace, school and grave, and the theatres of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) collaboration – Our exciting collaboration with the RSC offers students a truly unique learning experience, blending academia and creativity in an exciting new way to foster innovative methods of theatre and learning. Since its launch, students on the MA Shakespeare and Creativity programme have experienced unique and extensive opportunities to work with RSC artists on a variety of projects and modules.
Access to fantastic resources – you will be surrounded by a number of resources. The Shakespeare Institute’s own library is a renowned collection of international importance and you will also have access to the outstanding picture collections, records and library holdings of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
Be a part of a vibrant and active community – the Institute provides an intense learning experience in the study of Shakespeare from a range of perspectives, with the support and encouragement of the Institute’s staff, who are all respected in their own field.
Attend postgraduate conferences – the Institute plays host to a number of national and international conferences. The highlight of the academic year is the annual Britgrad conference organised by students for students. You will be able to join postgraduate students from all over the world to give and hear short papers on all aspects of Shakespeare and early modern drama. Britgrad provides a unique opportunity for graduate students to share their work with their peers and to hear what other graduates in similar and related fields are working on.
Studying in Stratford-upon-Avon
Student working in Stratford. The Shakespeare Institute offers an unrivalled opportunity for the study of Shakespeare in Stratford upon Avon - Shakespeare's birthplace. Just a short walk away from the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Shakespeare Institute is a postgraduate-only department that offers dedicated support and resources to its students. As well as teaching space, study space and a dedicated Shakespeare library, the Institute hosts a range of events and activities including Thursday seminars, the annual Britgrad conference and performances.