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Drama and English

Drama testimonial
Doing a joint degree meant that I was able to pursue my interests across the arts and take advantage of the resources of each department - getting the best of both worlds. This gave me the opportunity to experience the practical elements of a drama degree and explore wider literary contexts through the English element, with each subject deepening my understanding of the other.
Hayley Thorpe


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, designer, 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. There are three core English modules: English Landmark Texts, Introduction to Renaissance Literature and Introduction to Literary Studies.

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.


  • Three A levels: 280-320 tariff points
  • IB Diploma: 28 points
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: DDM
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit

To enquire for entry in September 2015 please complete our enquiry form and we will consider your application on an individual basis.

Before being offered a place, applicants are invited to visit the University to meet current staff and students, participate in subject-related activities, and learn more about their chosen course.

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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  • Students engage with significant amounts of practical work (including public performances) which is assessed through practice based coursework.
  • Guest artists are regularly invited to create work with students and to present masterclasses. Attendance at professional theatre performances is vital to our courses, and each year we host ‘On the Edge’, a touring programme of professional work by emerging companies from across the performing arts.
  • Hull operates successful Erasmus links with universities in Italy, Germany, Cyprus and the Czech Republic, including a strong partnership agreement with the Universitat Bayreuth in Germany, which gives you the opportunity to experience living in another city while continuing your studies.
  • The department has strong, ongoing links with Hull Truck Theatre and Opera North.
  • Originally designed by Peter Moro Associates in the late 1960s, and now a listed building, the Gulbenkian Centre is an impressively-equipped Arts Complex with vast educational and artistic potential. The building contains a large, adaptable Theatre, as well as a versatile Studio Theatre. Both spaces allow for stage and auditorium to be arranged in any number of ways, according to the needs of individual productions. The Gulbenkian Centre also houses academic offices, a state-of-the-art radio studio, computer visualisation suite, video editing facilities, and generously accommodated property stores, paintshop, rehearsal room, wardrobe, laundry, and dressing rooms.
  • The Old Boiler House facility lies at the heart of the Department's design and construction curriculum and houses a state-of-the-art design and construction workshop. The Old Boilerhouse Studio houses a Computer Assisted Design and Modelling Suite, a Scenography and Technical Design Studio, and an innovative Model Box Lighting Design Room.
  • The Old Boiler House facility lies at the heart of the Department's design and construction curriculum and houses a state-of-the-art design and construction workshop. The Old Boilerhouse Studio houses a computer assisted Design and Modelling suite, a Scenography and Technical Design Studio, and an innovative Model Box Lighting Design Room.
  • English literature programmes at the University of Hull are characterised by choice, especially in the second and third years.
  • Our programmes are flexible, offering opportunities to study outside the discipline. Linguistics, modern languages and free electives are available at every level.
  • Creative writing options, taught by published poets, novelists and biographers, are also available.
  • English staff are highly research active. Many modules have developed from their research interests, bringing new insights into the subject as well as providing a thorough knowledge of literary history and the classics of literature in English.
  • Several dissertation style modules are available, providing opportunities to study manuscript materials at the Hull History Centre as well as to carry out independent research in the third year on a topic under the supervision of a member of staff.
  • The Department of English staff are actively involved in publishing articles and books in their research area. Experts in their field, they regularly organise and attend international conferences. These new research findings inform the teaching in the department and often inspire students to pursue a research career.


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 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.

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