This pathway of the MA in Comparative Literary Studies is ideal if you’re keen to study Shakespeare at an advanced level. Centred on Shakespeare and early modern literature and culture, you’ll also explore the reception and performance of Shakespeare in later times.

The programme is challenging, flexible, and invigorated by current research. It will deepen your understanding of Elizabethan literature, its historical and cultural contexts, and how this fascinating literary tradition has evolved, and how it is received in the world in the present.

You’ll combine theory with a close reading of a wide range of texts, from different media (literary, filmic, visual), periods, and cultural, geographical and linguistic backgrounds. All texts will be studied in English, English translation, or with English subtitles.

Study Details:

MA 1 year Full-time, 2 years Part-time

Module Details:

Core module    

Shakespeare and the Early Modern – 30 credits

You also take three optional modules from the selction below, to complement the core module and dissertation.

Option modules              

Studies in Comparative Literature & Criticism – 30 credits

You can also choose linguistics modules as option modules.

Linguistics modules       

Analysing Discourse & Identity in Spoken Interaction – 30 credits

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.


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Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject. 

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.

For this programme we require:

IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in the written test)

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

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