BA (Hons) English Literature with Drama Studies

Alongside the diverse and engaging modules available on the BA English Literature programme, you will have the opportunity to explore dramatic texts from a wide range of eras, culture and genres, thinking about the texts in terms of ‘close reading’ their literary styles and techniques, as well as thinking about the wider social and historical contexts of their creation and performance.

The programme seeks to explore critical responses to drama as a form, from Aristotle’s ‘Poetics’ to currently emerging research and writing, placing the primary reading material in discourse with text and performance theory. You will be encouraged to think beyond the words on the page to their wider lives and meanings in performance, politics, and humanity throughout history.

As you progress, there will be opportunities to focus more closely on specific eras of dramatic history and context and genre, including the advent of public theatre in the sixteenth century, global drama, contemporary playwrights, and writing for radio. You will have opportunities to create original writing for stage and screen, and to engage with theatre practitioners through workshops, Q&A sessions and theatre visits.

This programme is available with an optional year in industry. If you choose this option, year three is spent on a paid placement within an organisation in industry, broadly defined. You will be supported by the School of the Arts and the Department throughout, and your reflexive written account of the experience will contribute towards your final degree result. If you wish to study this programme with a year in industry, please put the option code ‘YI’ in the ‘further choices’ section of your UCAS application form.

We are pleased to offer two attainment scholarships per year to undergraduate students from the UK. The scholarships will cover the entire UK tuition fee for both years two and three (currently £9,250 per annum). Awards will be made by the department at the end of year one, based on performance.

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£21,000 Per Year

International student tuition fee

3 Years


Sep 2024

Start Month

Aug 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • September 2024
  • September 2025

Mode of Study

  • Full Time