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Dr Peter Howell

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An integrated programme in which the study of literature complements the theoretical and practical study of drama.

English and Drama is also available as an undergraduate degree with a foundation year.

Why study English and Drama?

The BA in English and Drama at St Mary’s provides the best of an education in English Literature with opportunities to develop your knowledge of performance in theory and practice.

Unlike like most degrees in these two subjects, this is a ‘Single Honours’ programme, meaning that it has been designed from the ground up so that the two disciplines – English Literature and Drama – feed off each other in creative and practical ways.

In your English and Drama degree at St Mary’s you will learn about contemporary fiction and theatre, develop your understanding of international literature and theatre and have a sound historical understanding of the origins of modern literature and drama.

The programme is particularly aimed at applicants interested in dramatic and non-dramatic literature, who are not yet willing to commit to a full ‘conservatoire' training in drama, with a possible eye to working in education and the creative industries.

Why St Mary's?

St Mary's also has a prestigious BA in Acting, and because of this has a very strong drama society, which puts on many productions every year, and provides opportunities for all students to get involved in all aspects of theatre-making.

Key facts

  • 100% of students indicated 'overall satisfaction' with the English course in the National Student Survey of 2017.
  • Fully integrated Single Honours programme, in which the study of literature complements the study of drama.
  • Excellent opportunities to get involved with student drama on campus.
  • Beautiful campus university giving full access to all the theatre that London has to offer.
Please note: English and Drama is subject to validation.

Course content

Year one

  • Contemporary Fiction 
  • Introduction to Critical Theory 
  • London Theatre 
  • Tragedy 

Year two

  • Acting (Practical Module) 
  • Curating London 
  • Fiction and Theatre of the New Millennium 
  • Gothic Cultures 
  • Romanticism 
  • The Irish Literary Revival on Page and Stage 
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Year three

  • Bob Dylan and the Lyricism of Protest 
  • Devising for Theatre (practical module) 
  • Final-year project/dissertation 
  • Literature and the Unconscious 
  • Literature of the First World War 
  • Modernism 
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Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins. Modules listed may either be core or optional; you may not be able to study all your first choice modules.

Career opportunities

English and Drama graduates from St Mary’s have gone on to successful careers in a variety of fields such as publishing, charity work, writing for TV, such as EastEnders as well as HR, teaching, PR and businesses that value critical thinking skills.

Students also go on to study at postgraduate level for Master's degrees and PhDs.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to English and Drama students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You can expect to be taught in a number of different ways, including traditional lectures as well as studio workshops and online discussions. Of particular importance at St Mary's are individual tutorials with lecturing staff, where our students can get guidance tailored to their individual needs.

Assessment methods

The full range of assessment methods is used in order to develop traditional academic skills as well as key transferable ones. Hence, there are traditional essays, a strictly limited number of exams, practical assessments, presentations, and extended projects that let students practise skills of relevance to their future careers.


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Fees and funding

2018/19 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £11,220

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750
* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants for 2019 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information

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