Drama and English

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About the course

Hull has pioneered Drama for 50 years and has a rich legacy of nurturing talent and creativity. Our graduates, including Equity president Malcolm Sinclair, regularly go on to notable careers in theatre, TV and film. We’re rated in the top four in the North of England for Drama and scored 90% for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014.

Our exciting Drama and English programme enables you to develop your talents as a performer, critic, writer, technician or designer while acquiring a detailed understanding of writing in English and a sophisticated awareness of the critical debates within theatre craft. From the start of your degree, you will be engaging with dramatic texts, theatre history, modes of criticism and a wide range of performance practices. Our course also offers a wide range of optional modules in Drama and English, allowing you to tailor the degree to your specific career ambitions. You will also have the option of studying overseas – an exciting opportunity to broaden your theoretical knowledge and practical skills of theatre craft as well as your cultural horizons – at a university in Italy, Germany, Cyprus or the Czech Republic.


In joint degrees, each subject figures equally, with the same number of modules from each subject. In your first year, you take performance-orientated practical modules, plus lectures and seminars on critical approaches to theatre and contemporary and historical contexts of performance. Key core modules in English include Travels in Text and Time and Literature Lab, with options including Approaches to Poetry and Drama and Performance.

Second year students choose options ranging from acting classes to lighting design, and Greek Tragedy to Modern British Theatre Companies.

In your final year you develop skills in independent study, you take three options covering a range of aspects of theatre from different cultures and periods of theatre history to practical specialisms.

The English aspect of the course allows you to choose your own selection of modules in the second and third years. The only limitation is that we require every student to read some pre-1800 and some post-1800 literature. All of this is complemented by a lecture course that examines acting, directing and scenography.

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 280 points, can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 200 points from two or more A levels, or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications.
  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: DMM in relevant subject(s).
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 45 credits at merit.

    We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

International students (language requirements)
If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency.

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Future prospects

Almost three-quarters of our students go on to work in the creative industries after graduation, some headlining the most prestigious theatres and theatre companies in the world, including the Royal Court Theatre, the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera House, and the Bouffes du Nord in Paris.

Our graduates also work for the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky, while others have established independent theatre companies, often using the opportunities offered by final year production modules as a launching platform.

Some of our graduates go on to further study and professional training. Recent graduates have been offered places at drama schools, including the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, the Bristol Old Vic, the London Academy of Music and Drama Art and the Central School of Speech and Drama. Others have gone on to do MA programmes in subjects as diverse as Text into Performance, Documentary Television, and Arts Journalism, while others have chosen PGCE and applied drama courses.