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 and Tutor for Distance Learning at The Shakespeare Institute) and Richard Swain (part of the Postgraduate Recruitment Team for the College of Arts and Law) will be available for the Live Q&A between 10:00-11:00.

A number 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 10:00-11:00)

  • Richard Swain

    Richard is part of the Postgraduate Recruitment Team for the College of Arts and Law. (Live Q&A 10:00-11:00)

Q&A Archive

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

I have studied Performing Arts and I’ve been working for several years on the stage. Me think this MA Shakespeare and Theatre would suit to me.

Erin replied:

Hi Luca, many students on our MA Shakespeare and Theatre come from performing arts backgrounds and really value the emphasis on Shakespeare in performance. It’s worth bearing in mind that this MA focuses more on the study of theatre than the making of it. Students interested in making creative work as part of their course should think about applying to the MA Shakespeare and Creativity. This MA can only be studied full-time, on-site, though, so if a flexible study pathway is important for you, then MA Shakespeare and Theatre is probably the best fit.

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 online chat 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 Saturday 23 November 2019. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

Aoife M asked:

Hi Erin, around what time of the year does Graduation happen? Are they based in Stratford-Upon-Avon, or in Birmingham?

Erin replied:

Graduation ceremonies take place on the Birmingham main campus. They happen in July and December. Most full-time students will graduate the December after they complete the course. Part-time students might graduate in December or July depending on when they submit their dissertation. In December we also have a holiday part at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford, at which we read out all the names of the students graduating that year.

Luca asked:

So which pathway should I apply to for the blended course as I am a EU citizen? The distance learning 2 years fix term?

Erin replied:

It depends on whether you want to move to Stratford and study on-site or you want to study from where you are living now. If you’d like to move to Stratford and study on-site, then apply for the on-site course, either full-time or part-time (depending on your preference). If you’d like to study entirely online, then apply for the distance learning course, part-time.

If you think you’d like to mix on-site and online study (for instance, you want to travel to Stratford for weekend courses, but otherwise take your modules online) then we recommend applying for the pathway that you think you’ll be doing the most of (so if you wanted to do 1-2 courses on-site, but the other 5-6 online, then we recommend that you apply for the distance learning pathway).

Full-time students take 1 year to complete, while part-time students usually take 2-3 years. If you’re intending to apply for a UK government loan and you want to study part-time, then you’ll need to complete the course in 2 years, as this is a condition of the loan. In that case, apply for the ‘part-time 2 year fixed’ option.

Sorry there are so many options! The reason for this is that we try to cater to as many student needs as possible. Our aim is to make the MA work for you. If you’re still not sure which pathway is right for you, perhaps you could tell me what kind of study arrangements you would ideally like to have, and I can recommend a pathway based on that.

Luca asked:

Hello, I would like to get more information about the MA Shakespeare and Theatre: how is the blended course structured and when does it start exactly? Regarding the Master’s loan is it considered as a Distance learning course or a Part-time one?

Erin replied:

Hi Luca, thanks for your questions. There are different study pathways for the MA Shakespeare and Theatre and you can choose the one that suits you best. You can study entirely on-site, entirely online, or (if you’re a UK/EU student) a mix of both. You can also choose whether you study full-time or part-time. Nearly all of our distance learners study part-time, and we strongly recommend this option if you are intending to study by DL. If you intend to study on-site, there are usually around 6 full-time students on this MA each year. All students start the MA in late September, regardless of their study pathway.