BA

English Literature / Drama and Theatre Studies

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Key Facts

Code QW34
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB-ABB with B in English Literature, or English Language, or a combined English Literature and Language course

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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In choosing to study English Literature / Drama and Theatre studies, you will experience two worlds colliding into each other. If you are interested in a rigorous and challenging discipline where you can immerse yourself in a wide range of genre, cultural and historical contexts both in Literature and Drama, then this may be the degree for you. The intellectual, practical and transferable skills acquired whilst studying this course will prepare you for a variety of careers in the creative arts and beyond.

Top 15 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of English (NSS 2016)
92% student satisfaction for our Drama and Theatre Studies degree scheme (NSS 2016)

Department of English and Creative Writing: 96% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

95.4% of undergraduates from the UK/EU from the Department of English and Creative Writing who graduated in 2016 were in professional level jobs or graduate level further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2017)

Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies: 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

95.4% of UK/ EU undergraduates from the Department of Film and Television Studies who graduated in 2016 were in professional level jobs or graduate level further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2017)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Student Views

Overview

Why study English Literature / Drama and Theatre Studies at Aberystwyth?

  • We rank #1 in Wales for English and Creative Writing (NSS 2016)
  • Our degree offers a broad curriculum that crosses the traditional boundaries of genre, form, and function
  • Benefit from our connections with the Royal Shakespeare company, National Theatre Wales, Music Theatre Wales, Quarantine, Imitating the Dog and the Magdalena Project
  • You will be immersed in a supportive and vibrant community of creative and critical thinkers, industry experts, and published authors from every field
  • Become a student in a flourishing creative scene with a long and successful history as the spring for aspiring new talent
  • Work experience opportunities with the largest television production companies in Wales, Boomerang +PLC, Theatr Arad Coch
  • Explore connections between creative and critical thinking and develop a deep understanding of the relationship between professional practice and imaginative thought
  • Benefit from our unique collaborative relationship with Aberystwyth Arts Centre. This on-campus facility is an excellent resource for staff and students alike
  • Benefit from unlimited access to the National Library of Wales (one of the UK’s five copyright libraries)
Our Staff

All academic staff in the Department of English and Creative Writing are active scholars and experts in their fields. They are either qualified to PhD level or have commensurate experience. Our Lecturers either hold or are working towards a Higher Education teaching qualification and the majority of academic staff also hold the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

All academic staff at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies are research active and/or involved in Knowledge Transfer projects and have either relevant academic qualifications at doctoral level or equivalent professional experience and expertise.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Employability

Career Prospects

A degree in English Literature and Drama/ Theatre studies is the “gold standard” for any employment setting where communication is valued. All of our modules deliver key skills that enable you to build a comprehensive C.V. that evidences your diverse range of competencies.

Our graduates have been successful across the widest possible range of career destinations:

  • Broadcasting
  • Journalism
  • Advertising
  • Publishing
  •  Education
  • Civil Service
  • Business
  • Finance
  • New Media 

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in English Literature will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

  • The ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
  • Effective problem-solving and creative-thinking skills
  • The ability to work independently
  • Time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
  • The ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
  • Self-motivation and self-reliance
  • Team-work, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
  • Research skills

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

This degree will allow you to explore literature of all genres and from all periods within the context of the broadest possible interpretation of literature in English. You will become skilled in the interpretation and analysis of literary texts and you will engage with current critical debates.

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In your first year you may discover:

  • New techniques for analysing literary texts;
  • Some key figures from literary history (from Shakespeare to the Brontës);
  • The study of Theatre; 
  • And develop your practical skills in all stages of media production;
  • Lesser known texts, and writers who are new-to-you;
  • A variety of “ways of reading” and some theoretical approaches to textual analysis;
  • Poetry, prose, drama, American Literature, adaptations, Classical literature, contemporary writing, medieval texts and much more.

In your second year you may explore:

  • The theoretical approaches to, and the practice of, literary criticism;
  • A range of selected core texts from the medieval period through to the twenty-first century;
  • Contemporary Theatre-making
  • A number of specialist topics chosen by you (these might focus on a specific genre (such as crime fiction), historical period (such as the Victorian era),  or theme (such as “place”).
  • European Theatre

In the third year you may master:

  • Literary theory and the application of theoretical perspectives to literary analysis;
  • Extended writing and independent research in your final year dissertation project (on a topic chosen and defined by you);
  • Theatre, Gender and Sexuality; 
  • Scriptwriting
  • Your own specialisms drawn from a diverse range of option modules taught by researchers in those fields. Our option modules include topics such as Elizabethan drama, the ghost story, the early English novel, queer fiction, children’s literature, Romanticism, and much more. 
  • In your final year you will have the opportunity to take part in a writing retreat at a country house in mid Wales - an amazing opportunity to spend time with fellow students and staff, developing your final year projects and dissertations, in a splendid rural setting.

How will I be taught?

Our degree is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and one-to-one tutorials. We also encourage self-directed learning designed to stimulate your academic interest in English Literature and nurture your personal and intellectual development.

You will be assessed through essays, exams and oral presentation. You will also be required to complete additional, non-assessed, assignments and to work with others on particular tasks.

Further information

As you study, you will develop a range of skills which will benefit you in further study or any graduate workplace. You will learn to: employ multiple critical techniques when approaching texts; develop a reflective practice in reading and writing; articulate a detailed critical analysis of your subject; and respond to any task with creativity, flair and style.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or pastoral issues. Your personal tutor will also be responsible for delivering tutorials that will help you in the development of key skills. You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Student Views

The thing I love about Drama and English is that the structure of both courses at Aberystwyth compliment each other so well, what I learn in English can be a great help for my Drama work and vice versa. Both courses offer new and exciting material to work on whilst also opening my eyes to different perspectives on classical texts. I believe the course has not only taught me academic skills but life and work skills too.

Ceri Sharman Roberts

Drama and English provides you with confidence, knowledge and opens up so many pathways into theatre, teaching, business etc. You learn so much about the greater world of literature and the theatre, I wouldn’t change my course for the world. I have gained more confidence in myself and what I do, which I have now applied to jobs and further education. My reading list has expanded and I can comfortably say I am aware of more diverse cultures as a result of these two subjects and am pleased to have been given opportunities such as seeing various productions in the Arts Centre.

Hannah Foster


Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB-ABB with B in English Literature, or English Language, or a combined English Literature and Language course

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM with specified subject

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
30 points overall with 6 points in English Literature at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
65% overall with 70% in specified subject

Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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