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Discover how our societies have shaped and been shaped by English literature, and explore different modes of performance, on our full-time Drama and English Literature degree in Cambridge. Choose to study abroad in the US for one semester, and attend field trips and productions to broaden your experience. Prepare for a career in the arts or fields such as teaching – and change the way others see the world.
- Perform in public venues around Cambridge, as well as our on-campus Mumford Theatre and Covent Garden Studio
- Explore classic literary texts alongside genres including sci-fi and children’s literature
- Study abroad for one semester in the US, and apply for funding to help cover the cost
- Go on field trips and attend productions to broaden your real-world experience
- Take advantage of our links to local networks such as Cambridge Arts Networkand Cambridge Live to build foundations for your future career
- Experience being part of a professional troupe with our Community Theatre Company
- Improve your writing skills, both critical and creative
- Tailor your modules towards your ideal career
On our BA (Hons) Drama and English Literature, you’ll discover the importance of English literature and drama to society; how they both influence, and are affected by, factors such as the culture, language and economics of their time. You’ll also learn techniques that will allow you to better engage and affect audiences with your own drama practice and writing.
Our drama provision focuses on performance. You’ll work on public productions and smaller-scale projects, exploring texts and practices from the 20th century onwards as well as devising your own productions. To gain experience of group collaboration, you’ll have the chance to work with students from other courses, such as Performing Arts and Music, creating innovative and daring performance practice.
Meanwhile, by studying English literature, you will in turn explore many other subjects at the same time, including history, politics, philosophy, religion, psychology and the history of art. As well as developing skills in literacy and communication – important for any career – you will also become well-versed in methods of literary research, such as bibliographies, databases and information technology.
Our optional modules will give you the chance to practise your own creative writing, weight your studies towards drama theory or performance or specialise towards a particular career, such as directing, publishing or dramatherapy.
You can also choose to take up a work placement to get valuable experience in your preferred industry, perhaps with a professional touring theatre company or a publishing house. Our own Anglia Ruskin Community Theatre Company can give you further experience of working with a professional director on local projects.
Throughout the course, your studies will be supported by our team of English literature and drama experts, including Course Leader Dr Sue Wilson (Ed. D.H. Lawrence: Selected Stories) and Dr Tory Young (author of Studying English Literature, a text used by many universities).
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
Our BA (Hons) Drama and English Literature will help you develop many skills for your future career, including literacy, communication, creativity, self-reliance and teamwork. You can gain practical experience as a performer or stage technician, as well as the academic understanding needed to become a teacher or director.
Other roles in which our past students have found success include journalism, television, radio, the music industry, gallery work and arts administration.
You might also decide to carry on to a Masters course after you graduate, such as our:
- MA Children’s Literature
- MA Creative Writing
- MA Creative Writing and Publishing
- MA Dramatherapy
- MA English Literature
- MA Publishing
- MA Science Fiction and Fantasy
Modules & Assessment
Year one, core modules
A History of English Literature, from the present to 1789
Reading Literature and Theory
Staging and Production
A History of English Literature from Equiano to Chaucer
Introduction to Imaginative Writing: Poetry and Plays
Year two, core modules
Practice as Research
The European Novel: Desire and Transgression
Year two, optional modules
Modernism and the City
Writing World War One: Trauma, Memory, Resistance
Principles of Dramatherapy
Dialogue and Debate: More to Milton
News and Feature Writing
Black British Writing
Scenes and Shorts
New Media Performance
Year three, core modules
Year three, optional modules
Principles of Music Therapy and Dramatherapy
Working in English and Media
Spectacle and Representation in Renaissance Drama
Modern Science Fiction
Acting for Camera
Site Specific and Immersive Theatre
Theorising Children’s Literature
Literature and Exile: Displacement, Identity, Self
Optional modules available in years two and three
Anglia Language Programme
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
You’ll show your progress on the course through a combination of essays, reports, oral presentations, and studio/public performance, as well as a major project involving practice-based research techniques.
Where you’ll study
Your department and faculty
Using our creative expertise and industry connections in Cambridge and beyond, we create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.
At Cambridge School of Creative Industries, we believe in the importance of experimentation and risk-taking to create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.
Whether writing bestselling fiction, creating challenging documentaries or sharing a piano with people on the autism spectrum, the expertise of our staff goes far beyond teaching. Their research produces significant funding success, leading to important publications and international conferences.