Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Drama and English

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: QW34

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Approaches to Theatre

  • Dramaturgy and Performance

  • Practical Specialisms

  • Travels in Text and Time

  • Literature Lab

Optional modules

  • Approaches to Poetry

  • Drama and Performance

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

You'll take two core modules in Drama

  • Theatre Practice 1

  • Theatre Practice 2

In English, you'll choose one of the following core modules

  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

  • Sentiment and Scandal: Literature of the Long 18th Century

  • British and American Modernism

Optional modules

  • Theatre Criticism

  • Theatre Methodologies

  • Key Elements of Scenography

  • Medieval Theatre

  • Radio Drama

  • Directing

  • Playwriting

  • Staging Musical Theatre

  • Intercultural Shakespeares

  • Performing Democracy

  • Really Serious Theory

  • Free Elective

  • The Age of Chivalry and Romance

  • Love and Desire in Renaissance Literature, c.1530-1633

  • Romantic Poets from Blake to Tennyson

  • Brief Encounters with the Victorians

  • Voyage Out: Travel, Empire and Cultural Encounters

  • Reinventing Literature, 1950 to Now

  • The Child in British and American Literature and Culture

  • War, Writing and Remembrance

  • American Rebels: Reading 20th Century US Counterculture

  • American Gothic

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Optional modules

  • Making Performance 1

  • Making Performance 2

  • Specialist Project/Dissertation

  • Disability Culture and Performance

  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Frivolity

  • Russian Theatre from Gogol to 1940

  • Greek Tragedy

  • Mad, Bad and Dangerous Theatres

  • Digital Performance

  • Lighting for the Stage

  • Beckett in Performance

  • Acting in the Stanislavskian Tradition

  • Contemporary British Drama

  • The Courtly

  • Playing God

  • Contemporary Fiction

  • Gothic

  • Unruly Subjects and Renaissance Texts

  • Authorship and Identity in Renaissance Literature

  • Writing the Revolution: Sex, Religion and Politics in the Literature of 17th-century England

  • Shakespearean Transformations

  • Literary Heritage: The 19th Century Today

  • Secrets and Lies: Victoria Decadence and Degeneration

  • Speaking Pictures: Literature and the Visual Arts

  • Childhood Trauma in Contemporary Fiction

  • Post 9/11 Literature of the US

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More about this course

Hull has an established reputation in both Drama and English. We have pioneered Drama for more than 50 years, and our graduates regularly go on to notable careers in theatre, TV and film. With Philip Larkin, Winifred Holtby and Andrew Marvell among the notable figures who have left their literary mark on the city, you don’t have to look far for inspiration to fire your imagination. From the start of your degree, you’ll be engaging with dramatic texts, theatre history, modes of criticism, and a wide range of performance practices. Alongside studying core modules, there are a diverse range of optional modules allowing you to tailor the degree to your career ambitions.

Your studies will be enhanced by excellent facilities at the University, which regularly attracts internationally renowned visiting authors. The Gulbenkian Centre is a hub of activity for Drama students. A Grade ll listed building, it features a theatre, studios and workshop spaces. This is your home when studying drama at Hull. Working collaboratively with staff throughout your course, the aim is for you to take over this space, with students ultimately becoming responsible for every element of a production process. You'll also enjoy our new facilities – like Middleton Hall, where we've invested £9.5 million to create a world-class concert venue, music theatre and cinema, with industry-standard recording facilities. 

Teaching and Learning

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Ranked first for overall satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey, with a perfect 100% rating.

Fantastic facilities include Middleton Hall, now a world-class cultural venue after a £9.5 million investment, and the Gulbenkian Centre.

Strong links with local and regional organisations including Hull Truck Theatre, Opera North, New Diorama and Out of Joint.

Strong links with local and regional organisations including Hull Truck Theatre, Opera North, New Diorama and Out of Joint.

Entry requirements

2018 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 45 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £13,500

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Future Prospects

Almost three-quarters of our students go on to work in the creative industries after graduation, some headlining the most prestigious theatres and theatre companies in world, including the Royal Court Theatre, the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera House, and the Bouffes du Nord in Paris.

Our graduates also work for the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky. while others have established independent theatre companies, often using the opportunities offered by final year production modules as a launching platform.

Some of our graduates go on to further study and professional training. Recent graduates have been offered places at drama schools, including the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, the Bristol Old Vic, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and the Central School of Speech and Drama. Others have gone on to do MA programmes in subjects as diverse as Text into Performance, Documentary Television, and Arts Journalism, while others have chosen PGCE and applied drama courses.