Undergraduate prospectus

Drama and English Literature, BA Hons

Our degree in drama and English literature will give you the opportunity to get inspired by important works of literature while learning to write, direct and perform.

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • Allows you to combine the study of drama with that of English literature
  • Excellent facilities including our own Bathway theatre site, a 100 seat capacity theatre and 6 studios spaces for teaching and rehearsals
  • Drama modules focus on live performance ranging from contemporary performance skills to modern dramatic texts and technical theatre
  • All drama modules combine theory and practice, so you can acquire expertise in performing, theatre making, critical writing and public speaking
  • English Literature modules look at the historical, social and cultural contexts in which texts are produced and received

UCAS points

104 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes

QW43 G BA/DrEng


Literature, Language & Theatre



  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
  • 4 years sandwich

This programme will allow you to combine the study of drama with that of English Literature. Drama at Greenwich offers a grounding in the history, theory and practice of theatre to enhance your understanding of contemporary theatre environments and practice. Modules range widely from dramatic literature and history to those that engage with specific performance practices such as applied drama, physical theatre and playwriting. All courses combine theory and practice and provide students with opportunities to develop their performance skills, improve their writing and public speaking, acquire technical expertise, and experiment with new approaches to theatre performance and research. Students engage in theatre-making as writers, technicians, directors and performers throughout the degree.

The English literature component of the programme emphasises literature written since 1800, and 'English literature' is interpreted broadly to include drama and visual narratives as well as fiction and poetry, visual art and theatre. The programme looks at the historical, social and cultural contexts in which texts are produced and received.

Drama has its own building with specialist performance and rehearsal spaces as well as technical areas and equipment.


The aims of the programme are:

  • To encourage you to think critically about the study of drama and English literature in relation to your own intellectual and professional interests
  • To further your understanding of literature and performance within social, historical and cultural contexts through practice, research and experience
  • To provide a grounding in English literature from the Renaissance to the present day
  • To advance knowledge of a range of theatre practitioners and specific performance practices.

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

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Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

  • 104 UCAS points 
  • GCSEs in English (language or literature) and mathematics at grade C or above. 

We also accept alternative qualifications including:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Scottish Highers 
  • Irish Highers.

General studies is not normally accepted.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Further to showing equivalent qualifications to UK applicants, international applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C). If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 20 8331 8136.

In addition:

  • Promising applicants will be invited to participate in an audition workshop
  • We welcome applications from mature students.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Fees information International fees

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

You will need to pay for specific theatre trips but we are pleased to say that these tickets are subsided by the University of Greenwich by 50%. There is no fee for the audition workshop. For certain courses you will need to buy a limited number of text books and plays, as advised by the module leader. Full time UK students receive an Aspire card to help with these costs.

Additional information


Drama courses are assessed through: 

  • Formal essay
  • Research project
  • Logbook
  • Seminar presentation
  • Practical workshops
  • Theatre productions. 

English literature courses are assessed through examinations and coursework, including:

  • Individual and group projects 
  • Presentations
  • Textual analyses 
  • Critical reviews 
  • Portfolios 
  • Essays.

On successfully completing this programme, you'll be well equipped for careers in research, journalism or publishing. You will also gain broad skills that could be applied to media or arts administration, related roles in central or local government, or social work.

You may consider postgraduate options leading to drama-related careers, such as acting, teaching, stage management, directing or working as a casting director or agent.

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