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+ 3 years (degree)



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

Please note: English and Drama (with a Foundation Year) is not currently taking applications for 2020/21 entry.

Why study English and Drama (with a Foundation Year)?

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.

About the Foundation Year

Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.

On successful completion of the Drama Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to the three-year undergraduate degree in English and Drama.

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 (with a Foundation Year) is subject to validation.

Course content

On successful completion of the foundation year you will be automatically enrolled on to the first year of the undergradaute degree.

Foundation year

  • Personal Learning Competencies 
  • Taking a Professional Approach 
  • The Individual Project 
  • Theatre Arts I 
  • Theatre Arts II 
  • Thinking Critically, Creatively and Ethically 

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 

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 
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

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

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £12,250

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 starting in 2019 or 2020 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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