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English and Drama

BA
  • UCAS code QW34
  • Option 3 years full time
  • Year of entry 2020

The course

English and Drama are natural bedfellows. Combining the two, you can study Shakespeare to Stanislavski, science fiction to Japanese Noh Theatre, and playwriting to poetic practice.

From Beowulf to the Booker Prize, English offers you the opportunity to study the full historical range of literature in English as well as the latest developments in the field, and even to pursue your own creative writing.

You can discover the earliest works in English, deepen your knowledge of Shakespeare, find out what is great about Renaissance literature, darken your view of the 18th century, and unpack the Victorians. The course's structure allows you to develop a sound understanding of key periods, genres, authors, and ideas as well as choosing from a huge range of options. You can study Modernism, Postmodernism and American literature, explore literary criticism, develop your own creative writing, and analyse the latest developments in global literatures in English.

Choosing to study Drama at Royal Holloway will put you at the centre of one of the largest and most influential Drama and Theatre departments in the world. You'll create performances, analyse texts, and bring a range of critical ideas to bear on both.  On this course the text and the body, thinking and doing, work together. There's no barrier between theory and practice: theory helps you understand and make the most of practice, while practice sheds light on theory. By moving between the two, you'll find your place as an informed theatre-maker, and by studying a variety of practices, by yourself and with others, you'll get knowledge of the industry as a whole, and learn how your interests could fit into the bigger picture.

We are top-rated for teaching and research, with a campus community recognised for its creativity. Our staff cover a huge range of theatre and performance studies, but we're particularly strong in contemporary British theatre, international and intercultural performance, theatre history, dance and physical theatre, and contemporary performance practices.

Our flexible degree programmes enable you to apply to take a Placement Year, which can be spent studying abroad, working or carrying out voluntary work. You can even do all three if you want to (minimum of three months each)! To recognise the importance of this additional skills development and university experience, your Placement Year will be formally recognised on your degree certificate and will contribute to your overall result. Please note conditions may apply if your degree already includes an integrated year out, please contact the Careers & Employability Service for more information. Find out more

  • Unique, integrated joint degree.
  • Consider contemporary British theatre, physical theatre and theatre history.
  • Work experience links, from publishers to arts agencies.
  • Assessment by coursework, performance and presentations.
  • English & Drama students taught together for dedicated link courses.
4th

in the UK for creative writing

Source: Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2020 (English)

Top 20

in the UK for English

Source: Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2020 (English)

6th

in the UK for performing arts

Source: QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019 (Drama, Theatre and Dance)

1st

for research intensity

Source: Complete University Guide, 2020 (Drama, Theatre and Dance)

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