What Will You Study
Lancaster’s Theatre and English Literature degree gives you the opportunity to study contemporary theatre, drama and performance alongside works spanning Shakespeare, film and twenty-first century writing. Theatre is part of the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) a vibrant, contemporary arts environment with excellent facilities. Our Department of English and Creative Writing offers both traditional and state-of-the art approaches to English Literature.
In English Literature, you’ll explore texts of different periods and genres and develop a deeper critical understanding of the role of literature in society. You’ll receive a full introduction to Theatre Studies and will learn about innovative twentieth and twenty first century theatre and performance through an exciting and varied mix of theoretical and practical approaches.
You’ll begin your degree with modules that develop your understanding of your core subjects as well as LICA’s interdisciplinary arts course. In your second year, you’ll study subjects such as Contemporary British Theatre and Post War European Playwrights before completing your degree with final-year modules including a Dissertation unit and Contemporary Experimental Performance.
- Design Interactions : BA Hons
- English Language and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- English Language and Literature : BA Hons
- English Literature : BA Hons
- English Literature and History : BA Hons
- English Literature and Linguistics : BA Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy : BA Hons
- English Literature and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- English Literature with Creative Writing : BA Hons
- English Literature, Creative Writing and Practice : BA Hons
- Film : BA Hons
- Film and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Film and English Literature : BA Hons
- Film and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Film and Sociology : BA Hons
- Film and Theatre : BA Hons
- Film, Media and Cultural Studies : BA Hons
- Fine Art : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Film : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Theatre : BA Hons
- French Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- French Studies and Film : BA Hons
- French Studies and Theatre : BA Hons
- German Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- German Studies and Film : BA Hons
- German Studies and Theatre : BA Hons
- IT for Creative Industries : BSc Hons
- IT for Creative Industries (with Industrial Experience) : MSci Hons
- Marketing and Design : BSc Hons
- Spanish Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Film : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Theatre : BA Hons
- Theatre : BA Hons
- Theatre and Creative Writing : BA Hons
Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
- Applied Theatre Practice I
- British Romanticism
- British Theatre & The State of the Nation (1945-2000)
- Critical Reflections
- Documentary Drawing
- European New Wave Cinema
- Film and Comic Books
- Hollywood and beyond: Global cinema
- LICA Work Placement
- Literature and Film
- Media & Performance
- Modern Dance
- Performance Composition
- Performing the Avant-Garde
- Renaissance to Restoration, English Literature, 1580-1688
- Theatre Techniques
- Victorian Literature
- 21st Century Theory: Literature, Culture, Criticism
- African Literature
- American Literature from 1900
- Apocalypse Then: New Hollywood Cinema
- Applied Theatre Practice II
- Arts, Health and Wellbeing
- Between the Acts
- British and American Crime Stories 1840-2000
- Ceremony and Performance in Early Modern Drama
- Children in Horror Fiction and Film
- Classic British Children's Fiction
- Classic Hollywood: The Studio Era
- Contemporary European Postdramatic Theatre
- Contemporary Fiction and Critical Theory
- Contemporary Hong Kong Cinema
- Contemporary Literature in English
- Creative Enterprise
- Dissertation Unit
- Documentary Drawing
- Early Modern Outlaws: On Land and Sea
- European New Wave Cinema
- Feminist perspectives on Early English drama
- Film and Comic Books
- Film Theory
- Hollywood and beyond: Global cinema
- Literary Film Adaptations, Hollywood 1939
- Literatures of Identity
- Modernism, 1890-1945
- Music and TV Advertising
- Other Victorians
- Psychology of Music and Musicians
- Reforming the Body in Elizabethan England
- Romantic and Victorian Poetry
- Ruskin on Art, Architecture and Society
- Schools Volunteering Project
- Science Fiction in Literature and Film
- Silent Cinema
- Sound Synthesis and Design
- The Byron-Shelley Circle
- The Popular, the Political and the Avant-Garde
- Utopia Colonialism and the New World
- Utopias and Utopianism
- Victorian Gothic
- Where Do Poems Come From? Process, Manuscripts, Text
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, or staff changes, or new research.
A Level AAA-AAB including A in A level English Literature or English Language and Literature
International Baccalaureate 36-35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Higher Level Literature study
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction plus Advanced/Higher level Literature
Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject including Distinctions in the majority of units
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international qualifications webpage or contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Advanced/Higher level Literature study is required for entry. Experience and interest in practical theatre must be shown in your application. The following subjects are considered desirable by the department: Dance, Drama, Performing Arts and Theatre Studies.
IELTS 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component)
General Studies Offers normally include General Studies if it is taken as a fourth A level.
Combination of Qualifications Applications from students with a combination of qualifications are welcomed, for further advice please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Contact Undergraduate Admissions Office + 44 1524 592028 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Theatre and English Literature graduates have strong communications, team working and creative skills, which open doors in a wide range of sectors.
Many of our graduates find jobs within theatre - as performers, directors, writers, technicians or administrators - and in associated fields such as journalism, the media, publishing and advertising.
Lancaster’s alumni work in many areas concerned with the social applications of theatre and drama such as teaching, social work, community arts and drama and dance therapy. Others use the managerial and interpersonal skills they have developed through the course in jobs like personnel and the Civil Service.
A number of our graduates go on to postgraduate study at Lancaster and elsewhere.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Teaching and Learning MethodsAt Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments designed to best support the requirements of your chosen degree programme. These may include lecture and tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory sessions, other practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, short tests, short and sharply focussed critical reports, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Multiple choice formats are also employed where appropriate. Students are supported in the production of final year project reports and dissertations. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue. In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
Lancaster University has committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries to help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:
- An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualifications
- A Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600
*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Students will require clothing for practical classes, especially dance classes such as track suit trousers, sweatshirts etc. and will be required to buy or hire costumes and props for their performances. Students will also need to purchase tickets to see professional performances at Lancaster Arts and, very occasionally venues further afield. The purchase of DVDs may also be required if unable to borrow them from the library during vacations. Criminal record Bureau checks may also be necessary if students undertake projects with school groups.
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.