Drama and English

Anglia Ruskin University
In Cambridge (England)

Price on request

Important information

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Cambridge (England)
  • Duration:
    6 Years

The combination of Drama and English offers a challenging and stimulating course of complementary study that seeks to enhance your theoretical and practical understanding of a varied selection of texts and performance practices. It is also intended to equip you with a set of skills much in demand by a range of potential employers.

Important information

Requirements: Required subject(s): A-level Drama, Theatre Studies or related subject at grade B, English or English Language or English - Language & Literature at grade C


Where and when

Starts Location
01 October 2016
Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire , England
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What you'll learn on the course

Skills and Training

Course programme

Course overview

You will take half of your degree from Drama and half from English.

Reading English allows you to study some of the most interesting and exciting books ever written. The English course strikes a balance between the study of writers such as Shakespeare, Milton, Wordsworth, Dickens, and Woolf, and the exploration of less traditional areas like modern science fiction, children's literature and contemporary women's writing.

Drama offers an excellent balance of theory and practice, enabling you to engage with key performance texts and practices across the 20th and 21st centuries.

Our Department of Music and Performing Arts outstanding technical and theatre facilities will give you the opportunity to hone those skills in a variety of exciting performance events. Study visits to local and national theatres help broaden your outlook and add a further dimension to your studies, both in English and Drama.


Core modules

  • Approaches to Contemporary Theatre
  • Introduction to English Literature 1
  • Ways of Reading
  • Making Performance
  • Live Art and Performance
  • Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
  • Major Project in Drama or English

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Performance (Recommended)
  • Performance Analysis (Recommended)
  • Introduction to English Literature 2 (Recommended)
  • Performance Study
  • Writing Drama
  • TV Drama Production
  • Directors and Directing
  • Romantic Conflicts (Recommended)
  • The Victorian Experience: Texts and Contexts (Recommended)
  • Poetry from Marlowe to Milton
  • Myth and Medievalism
  • Imperial and Post-colonial Writing
  • Special Topic 1 (currently Writing Nations)
  • News and Feature Writing
  • Enlightenment in England and France
  • Performance and Identity
  • Devising Performance
  • Enterprise in the Creative Arts
  • Contemporary Drama
  • Art, Music and Performance
  • Special Subject (Theatre)
  • Reviewing New Drama
  • Arts Administration
  • Principles of Dramatherapy
  • Modernism and the City
  • Women's Writing, Gender and Sexuality
  • Special Topic 2 (currently Theorizing Children's Literature)
  • After the Deluge: Writing, Film, Culture and Society Since 1945
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Modern Science Fiction
  • Synoptic Course Review
  • Writing Poetry
  • Film Art
  • Genocide: Perspectives on the Holocaust
  • Autobiography: Self, Narrative and Truth
  • Anglia Language Programme


Assessment is carried out via a very broad mix of methods including: examinations, essays, reports, oral presentations, studio and public performance, an individual major project plus a range of practice-based research techniques.

A proportion of the degree is aimed at facilitating your creative development and integrates practice and theory where appropriate. This extends to the forms of assessment that our students encounter.

Personal Development Planning (PDP) is an integral part of assessment at Anglia Ruskin which encourages you to reflect, and evaluate, personal progress in the module and the degree course, and on the skills and abilities acquired in the degree course and their value outside the domain of academic literary studies.


Typically 6 years, part-time.

Teaching times

  • Wed 9.00-11.00am
  • Thurs 11.00-2.00pm

Teaching times for guidance only and subject to change.

Additional information

Comments: Work placements: Work placement opportunities are available via the third-year Enterprise in the Creative Arts module, which encompasses such areas as education, artist management, marketing and events management.
Career opportunities: In addition to the most popular choice of teaching, our graduates go on to a huge variety of careers, including journalism, television, radio, performing, arts administration, gallery work, fundraising, personnel work, publishing, librarianship, marketing, local authority work, publicity, social work, tourism, and IT-related industries. Research shows that the study of the creative arts and humanities to an enhanced level provides the ideal training for any position requiring quick thinking, self-reliance, imagination, teamwork, and the ability to organise both yourself and others.