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MA Shakespeare and Education

This distinctive Shakespeare and Education programme at University of Birmingham explores pedagogy and the ways in which Shakespeare has been used in the classroom at different historical and cultural moments.

Quick Facts

Duration: 1 year (Full-time)
2-3 years (Part-time)
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £21,960 per year
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom & Online

The unique and flexible programme is particularly appropriate for practicing teachers, offering the opportunity to enhance expertise in different aspects of Shakespeare’s work. Throughout the programme you will incorporate the study of Shakespeare’s plays in performance and adaptation.

This Shakespeare and Education programme at University of Birmingham offers you the opportunity to enhance your expertise in different aspects of Shakespeare’s work, while maintaining a pedagogical focus. It also benefits from the Institute’s collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) through collaborative teaching across the Shakespeare and Pedagogy Module allowing you to learn first-hand from world leading Shakespearean practitioners.

Courses included:

  • Shakespeare and Pedagogy (on-site and distance learning students)
  • Shakespeare’s Theatre (on-site and distance learning students)
  • Research Skills (on-site and distance learning students)
  • History of Shakespeare in Performance (on-site and distance learning)
  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Playhouse Culture (on-site and distance learning)
  • Shakespeare’s Legacy (on-site and distance learning)

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


Your degree will provide excellent preparation for your future career, but this can also be enhanced by a range of employability support services offered by the University and the College of Arts and Law.

The University’s Careers Network provides expert guidance and activities especially for postgraduates, which will help you achieve your career goals. The College of Arts and Law also has a dedicated careers and employability team who offer tailored advice and a programme of College-specific careers events.


  • Our usual entry requirement for this programme is a 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in English or a related subject.
  • Please note that all applications are treated on their merits, and we will review your references, personal statement and past experience alongside your qualifications when considering your application.
  • All prospective students must also submit a sample of written work as part of the online application process. You can do this before you submit your form, or return to the application to upload your sample at a later date; however, we will need to see an example of your work before an offer is made. The writing sample should focus on Shakespeare and be around 2,000 words in length.

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