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Global Shakespeare MA

*Admissions for 2017/18 for the MA in Global Shakespeare are currently paused*

The Global Shakespeare MA presents a unique opportunity to gain a joint Master's qualification from two leading universities with access to the matchless performance and research facilities in the heart of London and in Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. You will examine Shakespeare’s plays and poems as they have been read, performed, adapted, and translated linguistically and in performance practices, in different cultural contexts and forms of new media around the world. On this course you’ll find yourself at the centre of a unique initiative to engage with, critique, and develop ideas of globalisation, interdisciplinarity, and translation that inform a new approach to the study of Shakespeare.

You will form a critical perspective on Shakespeare as a global cultural phenomenon – from Elizabethan England through his transformations and translations to the 21st century – as a catalyst and as a site of resistance to globalisation. You’ll also consider Shakespeare in online media and in films by internationally-acclaimed directors. The course investigates theoretical, historical, performance, and pedagogical approaches to Shakespeare’s global afterlives and provides a rich mix of intellectual activity that will support you to become a Shakespearean without borders.

Your first term will be spent at London’s Queen Mary University accessing a variety of theatrical performances at venues such as Shakespeare’s Globe, Donmar Warehouse, and the National Theatre, as well as visiting the many museums, libraries, and archives of the capital. In this term you will study the first core module, Global Shakespeare: History and Theory and Performance which introduces you to historical, methodological, and material dimensions of studying Shakespeare in a global context by, first, a generic study and close reading of Shakespeare and his writing in a historical context, and, secondly, an examination of the afterlife of his plays as they have been read, performed, adapted, and translated both linguistically and through various media in a global context.

In the first term you will also take a non-assessed compulsory module at QMUL, Research Concepts, Skills and Resources.

The second term is spent at Warwick, located close to Stratford-upon-Avon, where you can access performances at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and the research facilities of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The second core module, Practices of Translation: Or How to Do Things with Shakespeare, focuses on the transformations of Shakespeare’s texts by a range of translational practices, in the broadest sense of the word. Building on the first module by now offering you the chance to experiment with different models of translation it will allow you to develop your own models and practice as a “translator” of Shakespeare in relation to performance criticism, literary translation, and active pedagogy, especially in relation to the ways in which Shakespeare has been “translated” into languages, performance practices, and cultural contexts, and in the new media across the world.

You will choose two optional modules alongside these core modules: one per term from a full list of options across varied disciplines such as English, Drama and Theatre, Modern Languages, History, and Geography.

The balance of modules that are chosen from either institution may be limited for those students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. If you'd like to know more about optional modules for the upcoming year, please contact us.

At Queen Mary options may include (based on options available to current students):

  • Global Interests in the Shakespearean World
  • Early Modern Drama in Performance
  • Early Modern Contexts
  • Cultural Geography in Practice
  • Readings in Global History

At Warwick options may include:

Essential information

*Admissions for 2017/18 for the MA in Global Shakespeare are currently paused*

Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

Min. entry requirements:
2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant Humanities subject

English Language:
IELTS band C

Location of study:
Queen Mary University of London/ University of Warwick

Course fees:

Full time:
Home/EU £8,170 per year
Overseas: £18,380 per year

Find out more about Fees and Funding

Department website

Application information

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.