Discover how our societies have shaped and been shaped by English literature, and explore different modes of performance, by studying our full-time Drama and English Literature degree in Cambridge. Choose to study abroad 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.
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).
Course Leader: Dr Sue Wilson
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:
Modules are subject to change and availability.
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.
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.
You'll have the chance to broaden your experience on one of our field trips. Past trips have included Venice, Italy
You’ll have access to all our creative industries facilities, including two dedicated drama studios, a highly flexible black-box performance space as well as an additional rehearsal space. In Years 1 and 2, you'll also have the chance to put on a production in our Mumford Theatre, which presents a range of touring professional touring companies, local community and student theatre, as well as music concerts.
You can take part in our many extra-curricular activities, our poetry and writing evenings, research symposia and conferences, as well as many student societies including the Creative Writing Society, the Stand-up Comedy Society, the Poetry Society and the Harry Potter Society.
UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
You can pay your tuition fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
You will be invited to perform an audition as part of the application process.
For more guidance on how to prepare for this, please visit our creative industries auditions page.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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