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BA (Hons) English Literature and Drama Studies

The study of writing for the stage as both a critical and a creative enterprise is at the centre of our BA Hons in English Literature and Drama Studies.

Student view

Rosie Mussen
English and Creative Writing
Being at a smaller university is something I love. I think my favourite thing about studying here is how individually recognised you are by the English lecturers. It's always easy to organise meetings with them to have a quick chat about how you're doing on the course.

Course content

On this course you will study dramatic texts with renowned critics, as well as writing scripts for the stage, for radio and for the screen. Members of our staff have written drama texts for television, the stage, and radio, and others have worked in the production of plays for the theatre.

This experience of studying dramatic literature from the past, the shapes and buildings of theatre history, and the background to the theatre from the ancient to the modern is especially enriched by the University’s proximity to the world-famous Chichester Festival Theatre, which allows students to enjoy and learn from contemporary productions and to peek behind the scenes in pre-arranged visits.

The main theatre itself has recently been refurbished after fifty years at the forefront of British theatre and is celebrating that anniversary in a number of ways that interest our staff and students.

Students regularly attend productions at the theatre linked to their courses and, as the theatre offers discounted prices and is only a tenminute walk from the University, it is a local facility that we are particularly proud of.

Members of the teaching team have published numerous books and articles on drama and the history of the theatre.

These include Simon Barker's War and Nation in the Theatre of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries (Edinburgh University Press) and Duncan Salkeld’s Shakespeare Amongst the Courtesans (Ashgate).

Playwright and poet Stephanie Norgate writes for the stage, while Stephen Mollett writes for television and radio. 

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.



At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.



The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.



The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Where this can take you

We want you to become an independent, self-motivated writer, critic and thinker. We will help you to understand the relationship between literature and the period in which it is written, to examine the form and style of literary works, to interrogate how language is used in politics, the media and the internet, and to engage with literary theorists who have opened up important philosophical and political questions. We’ll teach you how to get to grips with complex volumes of information in short timeframes – in the process you will definitely improve your IT and word processing skills as well!



English Literature and Drama is a sought-after and well recognized degree in the job market. Our graduates go on to a wide variety of careers including:

  • Teaching
  • Theatre
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Personnel Work
  • Publishing
  • Gallery Work
  • Charity Management
  • Event Management
  • Tourism
  • Librarianship,
  • Social Work
  • Local Authority Employment
  • IT

Some also study further in such areas as English Literature, Drama, Archival Studies and Law. Graduates from Chichester have improved communication skills, confidence and cultural knowledge that make them immensely attractive to prospective employers and we are proud of our distinguished record in student employability.

Work placements

We encourage our students to get culturally involved and gain experience, whether it is as a student blogger, with student societies, with local heritage projects or with our own vibrant research culture.



The Work Placement module allows you to work as, for example, a journalist or within a publishing environment, then to reflect critically upon the experience. Our Professional Writing module equips you with the skills needed to write in a whole range of professional modes. We also hope you’ll take advantage of careers advice available in the University, which is the home of ‘Graduate On’, designed to make the transition to graduate employment easier.

Indicative modules

In From Tragedy to Mystery you will trace the origins of drama and the theatre itself back to the ancient Greeks, and learn about its development in Britain from medieval times to the period of Shakespeare.

This is followed by Theory and Practice of Modern Drama taking the story up to the present.

Creative modules include Contemporary Drama, Writing Radio Drama, Dramatic Writing and Writing for the Screen, all of which allow you to develop your skills as a dramatist.

There are also third-year options in Shakespeare: Text and Culture, and Renaissance Drama: Text and Context.

Modules you may study may include:

Year One:

  • Language: Form and Function
  • Activating the Imagination: Poetry
  • Victorian Literature
  • Strategies for Reading

Year Two:

  • Language and Authority
  • Reading Women's Writings
  • Renaissance to Restoration
  • Genre: Poetry

Year Three:

  • Dissertation (spread over 2 semesters)

Teaching and assessment

We specialise in helping you to discover the full range of your talents as a writer, thinker and communicator. To facilitate this, we provide a high level of individual support for each and every student

Each module you’ll undertake is usually supported by a weekly tutor-facilitated sessions. Group sizes are typically 20-25 students. 



A range of learning and teaching approaches will be used throughout the programme which will reflect the demands of the discipline as well as the nature of the student group and needs. This range will include: lectures, seminars (both tutor and student led), workshops and tutorials.



These approaches will encourage you to be proactive and offer an environment that’s well suited to enabling you as a student to share your thinking and explore different ideas.



You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, project work and presentations and seminar discussions.  Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. Your academic advisor and lecturers are available for advice throughout your degree.

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs

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Codes

UCAS code: 
Q312
College Code: 
C58

Course length

3 Years
Full Time