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Shakespeare Studies, PhD/MA by Research

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #79 (QS) ,
The Shakespeare Institute offers promising candidates the opportunity to carry out their research in Stratford-Upon-Avon, as members of a closely-knit research community with this Shakespeare Studies from University of Birmingham.

About

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 work towards writing a thesis on a topic of your own choice, agreed with The Shakespeare Institute at the time of admission, and are supervised by a member of The Shakespeare Institute's teaching staff. There is also the opportunity for split location registration.

The PhD in Shakespeare Studies from University of Birmingham, the most advanced research degree, leads to a thesis of up to 80,000 words. If you have not already completed a research Masters, you will normally register for an MA by Research in the first instance, and apply to upgrade your registration to a PhD on the basis of progress made.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Research starting in September is encouraged, but flexible start dates may be available.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description
      PhD – 3 years full-time; MA by Research – 1 year full-time
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description
      PhD – 6 years part-time; MA by Research – 2 years part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research structure:

Research in the Shakespeare Institute engages with all aspects of Renaissance Drama, on the afterlife of Shakespeare in performance, on the culture of Renaissance England and on the impact of Shakespeare on modern culture.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    88

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

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Academic Requirements

  • For MRes and MA by Research programmes, entry to our programmes usually requires a good (normally a 2:1 or above) Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification if you were educated outside the UK.
  • Applicants for a PhD will also need to hold a Masters qualification at Merit level or above (or its international equivalent).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17540 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17540 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4820 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • Campus-based: UK/EU: £2,410 part-time

Distance learning programmes

  • UK/EU: £4,320 full-time; £2,160 part-time
  • International: £17,040 full-time

Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

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