Why study English and Theatre Studies at Warwick?
- At the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies you will be learning from experts at the forefront of their fields. A unique focus on Shakespeare draws on our proximity to the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon. Other research strengths include renaissance literature, eighteenth century studies, American literature, women’s writing, world and comparative literature, post-colonal literature, creative writing, poetry and poetics, drama and performance, literary and cultural theory.
- Guided choices and pathways in the second and third years reflect new developments in English Studies and staff research, and offer you excellent coverage of periods, genres, literary movements and theoretical approaches. This means you can tailor your degree to your own areas of academic interest.
- The School of Theatre and Performance Studies is consistently ranked in national league tables as one of the top Theatre departments in the UK and were noted as ‘excellent’ by The Sunday Times. We also regularly record very high satisfaction ratings in National Student Surveys for the quality of our teaching and enthusiastic staff (97% of students strongly agreed or agreed that they were satisfied with the overall quality of their course in the 2014 survey).
- We have outstanding connections to theatre industries and the University is home to Warwick Arts Centre, one of the largest arts complexes in the UK outside London. Departmental learning facilities include fully equipped practical spaces comprising two black-box studios, two adaptable rehearsal spaces with sprung floors and an edit suite with digital video-making facilities.
English and Comparative Literature
Dr Wallace McDowell
Theatre and Performance Studies
Why study at Warwick?
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
Taught by expert staff from the Department of English and the School of Theatre Studies, this course emphasises the relationship between writer, text, performer, critic, playing place and society within a historical, political and cultural context. You will have many opportunities to see a diverse range of productions at the world-renowned theatres at nearby Stratford-upon-Avon and on campus at Warwick Arts Centre.
Theatre Studies modules examine developments in theatrical theory and practice, often focusing on plays related to theatrical and political history, and emphasising how past movements have shaped the theatre of the present. English Literature elements focus on the close study of literary texts, exploring form and meaning. You will learn to understand and critically analyse texts, and to present persuasive and coherent written and oral arguments while developing independent thought, judgement and creativity, giving you a distinct advantage in the workplace.
Your first year comprises three core modules –British Theatre Since 1939, Medieval to Renaissance English Literature (taught by the Department of English) and Introduction to Theatre and Performance (taught by the School of Theatre Studies). Your fourth module is an option, selected from within the English Department or the School of Theatre Studies; or you may choose a language module. In your second year you will take Drama and Democracy (core English module), a core Theatre module, plus two module options offered by the English and Theatre Departments. Or you may take an approved outside option or a language. Your final year includes two core modules, Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of His Time and a Theatre module. You also choose two further options from within or outside the two departments, including a dissertation which allows you to carry out individual research on an area of your choice.
How will I learn?
You will experience small-group teaching - the traditional weekly seminar - and central lectures on core modules. You will also encounter Warwick’s uniquely developed 'open space learning', which uses performance-based and creative techniques to transform your learning experience
How will I be assessed?
Assessment combines the traditional (essays and written examinations) with the innovative (creative projects, portfolios and performance). For example, in our Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of His Time module, student creative work has recently included film and radio adaptations, musical compositions, painting, sculpture and photography inspired by Shakespeare’s texts.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
We support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department's dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.
A level AAB, to include A at A level in English Literature or combined English Language and Literature.
International Baccalaureate 36 points, including 6 in Higher Level English
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Advanced or Higher level qualifications in English Literature, normally grade A (predicted or achieved). A level English Language is acceptable in addition to English Literature, but is not normally acceptable as a substitute. Combined A level English Language/Literature is acceptable, providing evidence of wider reading in literature is shown in your Personal Statement.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed, but competition is likely to be intense.
Interviews We prefer to interview candidates before making an offer. Interviews are tailor-made to each individual and designed to explore your suitability for study at Warwick, so they do not follow a set pattern. Separate arrangements will be made for international students to complete an online interview.
Open Days All applicants who receive an offer are invited to a Departmental Open Day, held during the spring term. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules can I study?
First year modules may include British Theatre since 1939; Medieval to Renaissance English Literature; The Epic Tradition; Modes of Reading; From Text to Performance and Introduction to Theatre and Performance Studies.
Second year modules may include Drama and Democracy; Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture; European Theatre; Plays, Playing Places and Performances in Medieval and Elizabethan England; Early Modern Drama; Restoration Drama; Othello; Shakespeare and the Law, as well as additional choices from Theatre Studies or English.
Final year modules could include Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of his Time, a dissertation in Theatre Studies or English, and additional modules from within Theatre Studies or English or an approved outside option.
This is not an exhaustive list and the modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please visit the department website for more detailed information.
Where can my course take me?
An English and Theatre Studies degree from Warwick will equip you with a broad set of skills – writing, argumentation, critical analysis and debate, independence of thought and creativity – that are highly valued in many employment sectors.
Some of our recent graduate destinations include Learning and Development Co-ordinator, CBRE; Students and Community Engagement Campaigner, Oxfam; Commission Assistant, Oxford University Press; Communications Internship, Institute of Economic Affairs; Equality and Diversity Policy Manager, Department for Work and Pensions London Press and Marketing Assistant, Royal Shakespeare Company; Research Executive, BBC; Arts Event Manager, Tamworth Borough Council; Assistant Director, National Arts Council, Singapore; Assistant to Executive Director, Oxford School of Drama.
Many graduates also join our large and thriving postgraduate community.
A level: AAB to include A at A level in English Literature or combined English Language and Literature.
IB: 36 points including 6 in Higher Level English
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Department of English and Comaparative Literary Studies
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
£9,000 per year - find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.