De Montfort University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Drama and English Literature

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Course summary

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Drama at DMU is a dynamic program informed by a mix of current scholarly thinking, historical theatrical traditions and contemporary methods of performance making. It offers you the opportunity to learn about the subject in a variety of ways by working with professional researchers, visiting practitioners, undertaking placements and internships, getting involved in professional performances, going on theatre trips at home and abroad, and showcasing your work to a variety of audiences. Studying Drama at DMU is an excellent preparation for students who wish to seek employment in a range of arts and industry related careers or to continue into postgraduate level study. Drama and English emphasises both disciplines’ interest in written texts and English at DMU combines traditional and innovative modules, from Chaucer and Shakespeare to contemporary literature and film adaptations. Key features:

  • DMU is recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts, with our sophisticated facilities  providing specialist studios and rehearsal spaces designed specifically for drama and performance learning activities.
  • Our lively curriculum  gives you the opportunity to engage critically with research and the practices of drama, theatre and performance, helping you to develop your own artistic vision.
  • Enhance your learning, broaden your outlook and open up career opportunities by combining Drama with a related subject.
  • Benefit from our long-standing partnership with Leicester’s iconic Curve  theatre. Opportunities include internships, work placements and the chance to work on or perform in an annual production,  which have included  A Clockwork  Orange,  The Crucible,  and  Enron.
  • Extensive performance opportunities including  Exit Souls: The Drama Festival showcases students’ diverse work to a public audience each year.
  • Expand your horizons with international experiences  through  DMU Global. Our students have attended the Drama Theatre Festival in Liège, Belgium at the world-renowned International University Theatre Reunion.
  • DMU is ranked in the top three for Drama courses in the UK for graduate prospects, according to the Complete University Guide 2021. Our graduates have gone on to work in theatre companies, community arts organisations and have forged careers in media and technical theatre production.

Course details


"First year: • Performance in Context: History and Analysis • Acting and Performing Second year: • Performance in Context: Culture and Theory You will take the above module and choose from: • Curve Company 1 • Popular Performance • Devised Theatre and Performance • Drama and the Community Third year: • Drama Research Project OR Performance as Research • Live Art and Experimental Performance • Curve Company 2 • Engaging with Creative Industries • Political Performance • Education and Performing Arts Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current You will study 50 per cent Drama and 50 per cent of your other subject."

Assessment method

"Structure: Drama staff have expertise in a number of different fields, including: Shakespeare in performance, popular theatre, applied drama, directing, language and performance, 20th-century modernist drama and the avant-guarde, 20th-century women playwrights, performer training, performance and documentation, theatre and translation, performance and the body, gender and performance, live art and contemporary performance practice. Visiting lecturers, actors, practitioners, directors and theatre companies further enhance your learning. We are dedicated to the student experience more widely, and run extra and co-curricular activities and events throughout the year. Contact hours: You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam. Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 11 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 26 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research."

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that fees for subsequent years of study for continuing students are subject to an annual review. Any increase in fee will be in line with RPI-X (linked to the retail price index) and the fee cap set by the Government.
Drama and English Literature at De Montfort University - UCAS