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Global Shakespeare (with University of Warwick)

MA ( 1 year Full-time )


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At the end of 2016/17, the Global Shakespeare partnership between QMUL and the University of Warwick will conclude, with both institutions continuing to explore opportunities for collaboration in the future. The MA in Global Shakespeare will no longer be available. People interested in applying for a Master’s course in this area are encouraged to consider other postgraduate study options related to Shakespeare:

If you have any questions, please view our FAQs 
or contact Professor David Schalkwyk ( - Academic Director of Global Shakespeare

As Global Shakespeare Masters student you will be 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.

Global Shakespeare is committed to the idea of the student as producer and you will be invited to work with leading Shakespearians in the production of new knowledge in the field. Scholars such as David Schalkywk, Tony Howard, Jonothan Neelands, Carol Rutter, Jerry Brotton, and Paul Prescott will contribute to the MA as well as internationally recognised Fulbright Fellows. They will work with you through a variety of modules and activities that allow you to form a critical perspective on Shakespeare as a global cultural phenomenon, from Elizabethan England through his transformations and translations to the twenty-first century, and to understand Shakespeare as a catalyst and as a site of resistance to globalisation.

You will consider Shakespeare in online media and in films by internationally-acclaimed directors. The course will investigate theoretical, historical, performance and pedagogical approaches to Shakespeare’s global afterlives and provide a rich mix of intellectual activity that will support you in your emergence as a Shakespearean without borders.

The Global Shakespeare MA provides a unique opportunity to experience postgraduate life with two world-leading institutions with strong expertise in the fields of Shakespeare, Renaissance studies, performance and Modern Languages – Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and The University of Warwick. QMUL’s campus, minutes from the heart of London, will enable you to access a wide variety of theatrical performances in venues such as the Globe, Donmar Warehouse, National Theatre and visiting the unrivaled museums, libraries and archives of the capital such as The British Library and the National Archives at Kew. The University of Warwick, will see you in close proximity to Stratford-upon-Avon with access to performance at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and the outstanding research facilities and international collection of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

This programme is ideal for graduates wishing to enter careers in academia, research, cultural organisations, theatres, teaching, publishing, journalism, film and new media.

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On this programme you will:

  • Gain a joint Masters degree from University of Warwick and Queen Mary University of London- and have access to support and facilities at both these world leading institutions
  • Attend performances of Shakespeare and engage with actors and directors in London and Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Be taught by scholars and practitioners from around the world including journalists, directors, actors and translators
  • Have the opportunity to gain editorial and reviewing experience by contributing to the new electronic journal – Global Shakespeare and to
  • Be part of an emerging research area in the field of Shakespeare study.


The MA Global Shakespeare is available for one year full-time and two years part-time. You will spend semester one at Queen Mary and semester two at Warwick. You can choose at which institution you spend your dissertation period. 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.

You will take four assessed modules before proceeding to a 15,000-word dissertation.

Part-time students take one module per semester, spreading the course over two years.


Assessed modules are taught in weekly two-hour seminars. In addition to these timetabled sessions, you will attend discussions and seminars on local Shakespeare productions and with visiting Shakespeareans from across the globe. You will be expected to attend meetings with your adviser and course tutor. The progress of your dissertation will be discussed in sessions with a designated supervisor. You will also need to undertake independent learning and research in order to progress at the required level.


Part-time students take one assessed module per semester. You are encouraged to begin work on your dissertation at the end of the first year. Teaching is generally done during the day.

Compulsory modules

At Queen Mary University of London:

  • Global Shakespeare: History and Theory and Performance

This module introduces you to historical, methodological and material dimensions of studying Shakespeare in a global context by a generic study and close reading of Shakespeare and his writing in a historical context, and 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.

At the University of Warwick:

  • Practices of Translation: Or How to Do Things with Shakespeare

This module focuses on the transformations of Shakespeare’s texts by a range of translational practices, in the broadest sense of the word. 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, cultural contexts and in the new media across the world.

Optional modules

You will choose two modules from a full list of options across varied disciplines such as English, Drama and Theatre, Modern Languages, History and Geography.

At Queen Mary options may include:

  • Global Interests in the Shakespearian World
  • Public and Private Cultures in Renaissance England
  • Post-colonialism Language and Identity
  • Early Modern Drama in Performance

At Warwick options may include:

  • Reviewing Shakespeare
  • World Literature and World Systems
  • Translation Studies in Theory and Practice
  • The Legacies of Caliban in Latin America and the Caribbean

For more information contact:

Dr Rebecca Fisher
Executive Officer Global Shakespeare
Phone: +44 (0)20 78826670

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have a BA (Hons) in a relevant Humanities degree (first-class or upper second) or equivalent.

Promising applicants who do not meet the formal academic criteria but who possess relevant credentials and who can demonstrate their ability to produce written work at masters level will also be considered. Applicants may be invited to interview or asked to submit examples of written and/or creative work. We welcome applications from mature and non-traditional students.

International applicants: Students from outside of the UK are especially encouraged since we are eager to form a global community QML and Warwick. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. For this course we expect an IELTS score of 7.5.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the QML Admissions Office.

For more information contact:

The Admissions office
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5511

Learning and teaching

Independent study

For every hour spent in formal classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; researching; producing written work; and completing projects.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


Modules are assessed via 4,000- or 5,000-word essays. You will also prepare a dissertation of 15,000 words following the completion of your taught modules.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2017 entry
Full time £8,200

Tuition fees for International students

2017 entry
Full time £18,380


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

Graduate Employment


Visit the Global Shakespeare website to see what our students say about studying this programme.


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