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Contact details

Mr James Phillips

Email: james.phillips@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7122

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

The English Department has an allocation of AHRC studentships. Only candidates who have already been offered a place on the programme will be considered.

If you wish to be considered for AHRC funding please indicate this on your application form.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

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65% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

English: Shakespeare in History MA

The Shakespeare in History MA offers the exciting opportunity to study Shakespeare in the centre of London, the city where he spent his working life as a writer. UCL has one of the top English departments in the UK, and counts several published Shakespeare scholars among its staff.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme lays the groundwork for possible doctoral research in Shakespeare studies, including textual scholarship and the reception of Shakespeare's works in different periods and cultures. Students will acquire basic research skills in Shakespeare and Renaissance studies, including the use of relevant archives, databases and palaeography.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

This MA is taught by leading research specialists, and the English Department is widely recognised as one of the top departments in its field for both research and teaching.

The structure of the programme, incorporating coursework and a dissertation, enables students to pursue their individual interests, aided by UCL's unrivalled proximity to London's world-class research libraries, theatres, and other cultural facilities.

Senate House Library and The British Library are within walking distance of the University, and London has excellent transport links to resources across the capital, including internationally renowned establishments such as Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules 60 credits) two options (30 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Shakespeare in his Time
  • Research Skills and Methods


  • Shakespeare's Afterlives I
  • Shakespeare's Afterlives II
  • Suitable elective module within the English Department, or other departments at UCL


All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of up to 20,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of two-hour seminars, tutorials, and applied and practical tuition including visits to archives and libraries. Assessment is through a coursework portfolio of three 3,000-word essays, a 'Research Methods' unseen written examination, and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard will normally be required.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013, or 1 February for the year of entry for candidates who are also seeking funding through the Arts and Humanities Research Council and those seeking UCL funding.

Who can apply?

The programme is particularly suitable for students with a first degree in English who wish to deepen their study of Shakespeare and his historical contexts, and is an ideal preparation for original Shakespeare-related research for a PhD. Candidates with degrees in other relevant disciplines will also be considered.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study English: Shakespeare in History at graduate level
  • why you want to study English: Shakespeare in History at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and/or professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Graduates of the MA have gone on to various kinds of success, including PhD study at UCL and elsewhere, and work in publishing and the film industry. Candidates who obtain the MA and have found a promising subject requiring further study are welcome to apply to the UCL MPhil/PhD programme.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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