Drama and English

BA Hons

  • UCAS: QW34
  • Typical length: 3 years


Taught by expert staff, you will acquire an impressive variety of transferable skills, as well as numerous theatre craft specialisms. Our drama courses allow you to study theatre and performance from a variety of academic and practical perspectives. From the very beginning of your degree, you will be immersed in dramatic literature, theatre history, modes of criticism and performance practice, as well as acquiring a detailed understanding of writing in English and a sophisticated awareness of the critical debates in the discipline.

The rationale behind our course is to allow you as much opportunity as possible to combine academic and practical aspects of drama and English. You will become familiar with major periods of literary expression and with the principal forms of critical understanding. You can take advantage of the flexibility of the course, designing the structure around your personal interests.

You can maintain a balance between performance, history and culture, or you can choose to concentrate on certain areas, emerging as a highly skilled critic, performer, writer, designer, technician or director. Whichever route you choose, you will leave Hull as a creative and reflective theatre practitioner with a thorough grounding in English from each of the phases of its development, from the medieval to the modern.

The English programmes at Hull are characterised by the breadth of choice, with modules on offer from Medieval to contemporary literature. Options are available in linguistics, modern languages, creative writing and you may select from the university’s range of ‘free electives’. Teaching in English is informed and led by research, often drawing on the research interests of our academics.

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In joint degrees, each subject figures equally, with the same number of modules from each subject. First year students 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 from a range including everything 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

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.
  • The course has close links with the Scarborough campus which has a thriving arts festivals scene and is the permanent home of the annual National Student Drama Festival.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Many of our PhD students over the last few years have stayed on in the Department, having begun their undergraduate or Masters career here.
  • The English Department holds regular research seminars and annual lectures open to the public.


From the start of your course, a friendly team of experienced Careers Advisers, employer liaison and information staff are here to assist you, whether or not you have any firm ideas about the next step in your career.

We run an extensive programme of events at our Hull and Scarborough campuses to develop your career awareness, helping you to explore opportunities, including employer talks and careers fairs. We offer one-to-one advice and guidance - a truly personal service - which supports you and your career plans - and you will have a named Careers Adviser for your subject.

The Careers Service offers a range of services to assist you to develop the skills looked for by employers, including skills workshops, practice interviews and practice ability tests, and have extensive information, both web-based and in printed format, which is kept up to date with the latest job and work experience vacancies, and changes to recruitment processes.

We maintain very close links with graduate employers, both on a local, regional, national and international level, so we can offer you the best advice available and work closely with academic colleagues and student committees to provide specific opportunities, information and events for your course. Many of our academic programmes offer you the opportunity to undertake an internship or work placement.

One of the things that make our Careers Service stand out from those at other universities is that we continue to offer you careers services beyond your graduation. Once you have begun studying at Hull, we are here to guide you at any point of your studies or subsequent career.

Our Careers Service was one of the first to be accredited against the new matrix standards. Matrix is the UK quality standard for advice, information and guidance services.

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