BA English and Drama

UCAS codeWQ34
Duration3 Years
Typical offerAAA-AAB; IB: 36-34
  • Drama
  • English
Location Streatham (Exeter)


English and Drama at the University of Exeter is a challenging and flexible degree that builds on two internationally-renowned centres of excellence in research, teaching and theatre practice. Our teaching grows out of our wide-ranging, world-leading research interests and we provide a supportive and high-quality environment for learning.

The programme provides you with a sense of the range and variety of literary works, introduces you to theoretical approaches that enable you to engage critically with texts understood in their historical and cultural contexts, and develops your critical, imaginative and practical engagement with the social, historical and cultural contexts of theatre.

English modules are taught by staff with expertise in literature from the Middle Ages to the present, in cinema throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, and in creative writing practices in poetry, prose and screen-writing. Drama modules are taught by staff with expertise in theatre, drama and performance theory from the classical era to the present, and in practice fields including acting, directing, scriptwriting, voice, applied theatre, live art, digital theatre crafts, music theatre, puppetry, dance, and intercultural performance training.

The programme covers a wide range of material allowing you to develop and follow your own interests with the provision of modules by active researchers who are at the forefront of their respective fields.

Programme variations

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The English and Drama degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.

Depending on your programme you can take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons.

Please note that modules offered are subject to change, depending on staff availability, timetabling, and demand.

Year 1

The first year gives you a foundational knowledge of English and Drama theories, concepts, texts, and techniques. You will also gain important analytical techniques that will be useful across a range of subjects and research tasks.

Compulsory modules

DRA1004Acting and Not Acting: The Dialectics of Performance 30
DRA1007Theatrical Interpretation: Practitioners30
EAS1035Beginnings: English Literature Before 1800 30
EAS1041Rethinking Shakespeare 15

Optional modules

Students opt for one of the 15 credit English modules below, to run alongside EAS1041 and their term 2 module in Drama. 

EAS1031Introduction to Creative Writing 15
EAS1034Film Studies: An Introduction15
EAS1037The Novel 15
EAS1038The Poem 15

Year 2

In the second year you will advance your grasp of English and Drama knowledge, methods, and texts through a set of compulsory modules. Optional modules enable you to develop specialist knowledge on a range of topics.

Compulsory modules

DRA2064Performance and Interpretation 30

Optional modules

In English, you should select one module concerned with literature pre-1800, and one other module. You may select HUM2000 Humanities in the Workplace in place of any other non-compulsory Stage 2, term 1 module. 

Select 30 credits of Drama Level 2 optional modules. Please note, students must take DRA2067 Staging the Text if they plan to take a Theatre Practise option in Drama at Level 3.

EAF2502Shots in the Dark30
EAF2510Adaptation: Text, Image, Culture30
EAS2026Desire and Power: English Literature 1570-1640 30
EAS2029Revolutions and Evolutions: Nineteenth Century Writings 30
EAS2071Chaucer and His Contemporaries 30
EAS2074Introduction to American Literature 30
EAS2080Renaissance and Revolution 30
EAS2087Creative Writing: Finding a Voice 30
EAS2102Satire and the City: English Literature 1660-1750 30
EAS2103Modernism and Modernity: Literature 1900-1960 30
EAS2104Crossing the Water: Transatlantic Literary Relations 30
EAS2105Theatrical Cultures: Renaissance to Restoration 30
DRA2046Music as Performance30
DRA2067Staging the Text30
DRA2071Adaptation in Contemporary Theatre and Performance30
DRA2072Culture in / as Performance30
DRA2073Social Practice in Art and Performance30
DRA2084Women and Theatre, 1700-192830
College-wide Humanities
HUM2000Humanities in the Workplace 30

Year 3

The centre-point of the final year is the dissertation. This provides you with the opportunity to explore an area of interest and to demonstrate what you have learned over the previous years of your degree. You will also take up to three other specialist modules to create a programme of work fully reflecting your interests.

The Year 3 dissertation may be taken in the areas of English (EAS3003), Creative Writing (EAS3122), or Drama (DRA3062).

Compulsory modules

Select one of the following:
EAS3122Creative Writing Dissertation30
DRA3062Theatre Praxis30

Optional modules

If you have chosen to take EAS3003 or EAS3122, select 60 credits of Drama Level 3 optional modules and 30 credits of English options.

If you have chosen to take DRA3062, select 60 credits of English Level 3 optional modules and 30 credits of Drama options.

Please note, studio-based modules under 'Theatre Practice' can only be taken by students who have previously taken DRA2067 Staging the Text.

Theatre Practise
DRA3009Theatre Practice II: Directing30
DRA3012Theatre Practise I: Applied Drama30
DRA3030Interpretative Acting II30
DRA3077Voice for the Actor30
DRA3081Versioning Shakespeare30
DRA3084 Physical Performance: Choreography in Theatre-Making30
Theatre Research
DRA3024Restoration Theatre: Culture and Politics30
DRA3050Creative Industries Management30
DRA3076The Actor's Body: Intercultural Theories and Practices30
DRA3082History of Acting30
DRA3083Theatre and Environment30
DRA3085Dis-eased: Performance and the Politics of Fear30
EAF3501American Independent Film30
EAF3508Beyond Sex and the City: Becoming a Woman in Western Cinema30
EAF3509Diasporic Cinemas30
EAF3513British Screens30
EAS3100Hardy and Women Who Did: the Coming of Modernity30
EAS3116Short Fiction30
EAS3128Writing the Short Film30
EAS3131Advanced Critical Theory30
EAS3134Serious Play: Creative Writing Workshop30
EAS3136Myths of the Nation: Postcolonial Studies30
EAS3139Classics of Children's Literature30
EAS3141Imperial Encounters: the Victorians and their World30
EAS3145Acts of Writing: Literature and Film, 1953 to present30
EAS3165Charles Dickens and the Condition of England30
EAS3167James Joyce's Ulysses30
EAS3168The American Novel Since 200030
EAS3176Performing Digital Humanities: New Media Art and the 21st Century Museum30
EAS3177India Uncovered - Representations in Film and Fiction30
EAS3178Life-Writing: History, Form, Practice30
EAS3179Life and Death in Early Modern Literature30
EAS3217Crime and Punishment: Detective Fiction from the Rue Morgue to the Millenium30
EAS3219Virginia Woolf: Fiction, Feeling, Form30
EAS3225‘Reader, I Married Him’: The Evolution of Romance Fiction, from 1740 to the present30
EAS3226Modern Irish Literature30
EAS3227Greek Fire30
EAS3228Romance from Chaucer to Shakespeare30
EAS3229Gothic Evolutions: Literature and Visual Culture30
EAS3230Prostitutes, Pornographers, and Inverts: Sex in the Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century30
EAS3231Spectacular Bodies: Shakespeare and Counter-cultural Performance30
EAS3232Jane Austen and the Novel30

Full module descriptions

For full module descriptions please visit the English website and Drama website.

Entry requirements 2017

Typical offer

AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34

Required subjects

GCE AL English Literature grade A; IB English HL6.

Candidates may offer either GCE AL English Literature or English Language and Literature.


We try to see as many applicants as possible before making an offer, and normally interview applicants who may be offering alternative qualifications. A large proportion of applicants are invited to attend two days of workshops and an interview. A short interview with an individual member of staff is combined with staff-led and separate student-led studio sessions. Working and talking with each other and with present students are important features of this experience. This involves an overnight stay in Exeter.

Programmes with Study Abroad

Entry for programmes ‘with Study Abroad’ is offered on the basis that you will spend your time abroad at an institution where the teaching and examining is delivered in English. However, we also have partners that teach in French, Spanish and German. Should you wish to study at one of these institutions you will need to take modules through the Foreign Language Centre up to ‘Advanced’ standard in the appropriate language. In order to reach this standard before the year abroad, students usually need to have entered the University with the equivalent of a good GCSE or AS level (or higher) in that language.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

You will be taught by internationally respected research-active staff. We use a wide variety of techniques and approaches to help you learn and get the most out of your degree. Our teaching methods make full use of seminars, studio sessions, study groups, workshops, lectures, and web-based learning. In English, all our modules centre the learning experience on seminars, involving groups of between 10 and 20 students, typically running for two hours. In Drama, you will be involved in studio-based learning, typically in 3-hour studio sessions of 10-20 students, in each year of the degree. At the start of the programme the emphasis is on collaborative group work which becomes the basis for development of your individual interests and skills later on.

Option modules in your second and third years allow you to specialise in what most interests you.


You will be assessed in all years through a variety of assessment methods. Assessment in English is through a mixture of methods that includes essays, examinations and group presentation work. The ratio of formal examination to coursework is on average 40:60. Assessment in Drama includes continuous assessment, essay, performance and portfolio, or viva interview. Most work is assessed as coursework through studio practice, seminar and essay and there are currently no formal examinations for Drama modules.

Study abroad

A four year ‘with Study Abroad’ degree programme is available. A full year abroad, at one of our renowned partner institutions, is generally taken in the third year of a four year degree programme. You can apply directly for the four year ‘with Study Abroad’ programme, or transfer from another programme once you are at Exeter.


English graduates from the University of Exeter benefit from a degree which is internationally recognised and compete very successfully in the employment market. 6 months after graduation 97.2%* of our English graduates are in work and / or further study.

Graduating with a degree in English will put you in a great position to succeed in a range of different careers. Oral and written communication is at the heart of our programme and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Through a balance of independent study and teamwork you will learn to manage your time and workload effectively.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, arts management, publishing, journalism, marketing, finance and events management, working for companies such as:

  • Barclays
  • Palgrave Macmillan
  • English Heritage
  • O2
  • Haymarket Media
  • ITV
  • Amnesty International

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Cultural Heritage Management
  • MA English Literary Studies
  • PGCE English primary
  • MA Magazine Journalism
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills

Career Zone

The services offered by the Humanities careers and employability team are complementary to the services offered by our central Career Zone where you can participate in practical sessions to develop your skills; access paid internships and volunteering opportunities; explore postgraduate study options; meet prospective employers; get one-to-one advice and learn how to secure the right job for you. 

*First–degree University of Exeter graduates of English. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

Find out more about careers in English and Drama

Contact us

Streatham Campus, Exeter

Phone: +44 (0)1392 724202

Penryn Campus, Cornwall

Phone: +44 (0)1326 371801

Website: Visit the English website