Postgraduate opportunities with The Shakespeare Institute

This online chat event is designed to inform prospective postgraduate students, applicants and offer holders about study opportunities and how to prepare for your course at the Shakespeare Institute:

Being based in the heart of Stratford upon Avon, the Shakespeare Institute enjoys close and developing relations with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. It has its own purpose-built world-class research library, run by a priceless team of expert librarians. It plays host to the most prestigious international Shakespeare conference in the world.

Dr Erin Sullivan (Senior Lecturer at The Shakespeare Institute) and Roxanne McLean (Postgraduate Recruitment in the College of Arts and Law) will be available for the Live Q&A between 15:00-16:00.

Fourteen of our postgraduate mentors have studied at the Shakespeare Institute:

You are welcome to ask them any questions you have about what it’s like to work in the School.

More Information on Postgraduate study at the Shakespeare Institute

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Speaker profiles

  • Dr Erin Sullivan

    Erin is a Senior Lecturer and Tutor for Distance Learning at The Shakespeare Institute. (Live Q&A 15:00-16:00)

  • Roxanne McLean

    Roxanne is part of the Postgraduate Recruitment Team for the College of Arts and Law. (Live Q&A 15:00-16:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Postgraduate opportunities with The Shakespeare Institute live event.
Iona Cameron asked:

With regard to the fact you have to have a 2:1 BA or above, can you remind me if we can apply BEFORE graduation or if we have to wait to get our final marks?

Erin Sullivan replied:

You can apply before you finish your BA. In that case, offers for a place on the MA would be conditional on completion of your BA with the expected marks.

Valerie Redd asked:

What kinds of topics have students chosen for their final disseration in the past?

Erin Sullivan replied:

The field of Shakespeare studies is very wide! Students have written on so many different kinds of topics: performance history, gender, politics, the cultural history of Shakespeare’s time, and many, many other things.

Valerie Redd asked:

If I wanted to visit the campus for a week during the course of my studies could I just enter the UK as a tourist? Would I need to declare myself as a student and get a visa for such a short visit?

Erin Sullivan replied:

If you wanted to engage in academic work, including in person meetings with tutors, then you would need to let the university know and they would provide you with the necessary paperwork. Birmingham has an office for international student affairs and they could support your application, along with the administrative staff here at the Institute. This is due to UK Home Office requirements about international students.

We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.

We will hold many more of these virtual open day events over the coming months so please check now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on 20 March 2019. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

Valerie Redd asked:

As a DL learner could I schedule a call, or skype meeting with an instructor to discuss my progress? Or if I visited the campus could I schedule an in person consult with an instructor?

Erin Sullivan replied:

Yes, absolutely. All our instructors have office hours during which they meet with the students they are teaching. Some of these hours are at set times and others can be by appointment, which we know is especially important for distance learning students juggling multiple responsibilities (and often in different time zones). We are used to meeting with students virtually as well as in person: this can take the form of Skype calls, phone calls, and extended email exchanges (depending on what suits the student and instructor best). In terms of arranging on-site meetings, this is certainly also possible as long as your instructor has sufficient notice. Overseas students have to make extra arrangements for visits because of visa and immigration issues, but it is still possible.