United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

Taught jointly between King's and Shakespeare's Globe, our unique MA course offers you the opportunity to study the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

You will be able to draw on expertise at both King's and Shakespeare's Globe, studying Shakespeare close to the types of theatres for which he wrote and just a stone's throw from where his plays were originally performed.

At the Globe you will learn about early modern playhouses, audiences, performance practices and get to play on the stage and at King's you will cover early modern drama and other literary genres, examining Shakespeare alongside his contemporaries.

Key benefits:

  • Unique collaboration between Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the Department of English, King's College London.
  • Ideal opportunity to study the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries in a theatrical context in the heart of London.
  • Graduates of the degree have gone on to study a PhD at King's and at other major universities both in the UK and the US or to work in the creative industries, arts administration and publishing.

Who should take this course

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in English, Drama or an equivalent subject.



Course content

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required Modules:

You are required to take:

  • Working with Early Modern Literary Texts (30 credits)
  • Early Modern Playhouse Practice (20 credits)
  • Staging Shakespeare in Early Modern Playhouses (20 credits)
  • Dissertation Shakespeare English (90 credits)

You will also write a 15,000-word Dissertation and 4,000-word Critical survey module which includes training in research and writing skills on a related topic.

Please note that if you are a part-time student, you will take 'Early Modern Playhouse Practice in your first year. You will take the rest of the required modules in your second year.

Optional Modules:

In addition, you are required to take 20 credits from a range of optional modules which may typically include those listed below.

If you are a part-time student, you will take these 20 credits in your first year. There will be no optional modules in your second year.

  • Global/Local Shakespeares (20 credits)
  • Professing Writing in Early Modern England (20 credits)
  • Theatre, Gender & Culture in Jacobean London (20 credits)
  • Premodern Dialogues: Medieval & Early Modern Literatures in Conversation (20 credits)
  • Poetic Movements, Poetic Moods 1660-1800 (20 credits)
  • Flatter & Fawn: Early Modern Drama & the Court (20 credits)
  • Up to 20 credits from Graduate Language modules offered by King's Modern Language Centre

King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study.


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About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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