Shakespeare Studies PhD/MA by Research (On-Campus or by Distance Learning)
Our Shakespeare Studies research programmes are taught by the Shakespeare Institute, which offers promising candidates the opportunity to carry out their research in Stratford-Upon-Avon, as members of a closely-knit research community.
Situated within walking distance of Shakespeare's birthplace, school and grave, and the theatres of the Royal Shakespeare Company, with access to extraordinarily rich libraries and archives, the Shakespeare Institute offers postgraduate students and scholars an academic experience unrivalled by any other university. You will have the opportunity to explore the work of Shakespeare, its significance then and now, and its reception across time.
At the Shakespeare Institute, you are able to study for full-time and part-time research degrees at all postgraduate levels (MA by Research, MLitt, and PhD).
The PhD, the most advanced research degree, leads to a thesis of up to 80,000 words. The MLitt involves undertaking research on a chosen topic leading to the preparation of a thesis of 60,000 words. While the MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a thesis of up to 40,000 words.
You can study an MA by Research, MLitt or PhD programme on campus or by distance learning. Please note that if you are studying with us by distance learning, there is a compulsory annual visit to campus (every two years for part-time PhD students).
Research interests of staff include:
Dramatic works of the 16th and 17th centuries
Early modern poetry and drama
Editing and textual criticism
Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian theatre
Medical and religious beliefs in early modern England
Notions of authorship and nation
Shakespeare and poetry
Shakespeare and the civic
Shakespeare's cultural legacy
Shakespeare in performance
The representation of Shakespeare
The writings, representation and reputation of Elizabeth I
For full research interests of staff, please read our staff profiles or visit the research interest tab on the programme's webpage.
Funding applications for College scholarships are now open for 2019 entry.
This programme is waiting to hear about funding for the next session, or external funding will be applied for once a suitable candidate is selected. Applications are welcome - please see programme details for further information.
FTE Category A staff submitted: 37.20
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