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BA in Theatre and English

Brunel University London, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 22,379

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  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
Storytelling is part of every culture and reveals much about a person’s lived experience, values and aspirations within a given time, whether presented as drama or prose on a page.
  • In the Theatre and English BA you will discover the richness of theatre making and literature side by side, developing as a creative along the way. In doing so, the Theatre and English BA will help you become a critical and creative communicator equipped for a variety of creative roles.
  • On the Theatre side of your course, you will learn specialist skills in a range of practices such as acting, applied practice, devising/theatre making, digital theatre, musical theatre, physical theatre and writing for performance.
  • You’ll learn theatre in Brunel’s purpose-built Antonin Artaud Performance Centre (AA), which has a main theatre, two studio spaces, rehearsal rooms and recording studios.
  • You’ll learn theatre in Brunel’s purpose-built Antonin Artaud Performance Centre (AA), which is rather like being in drama school with its main theatre, two studio spaces, rehearsal rooms and recording studios.
  • AA facilities regularly host Arts@Artaud nights showcasing new music, film, creative writing and drama presented by Brunel students.
  • The English half of your course commences with a module on ‘Reading Resilience’ to help prepare you with the necessary skills for literary studies.
  • In years two and three a wealth of optional modules await you covering a variety of periods and genres from Shakespeare to Jane Austen, to contemporary and genre fiction.
  • Established links with the creative industries offer plenty of opportunities to hear from guest speakers and alumni on campus. Off campus, Brunel’s easy access to central London helps to facilitate regular class trips to explore theatre and culture.
  • Uniquely for a theatre degree, the option of a work placement year is an unmissable opportunity to find out where your interests lie and to increase your attractiveness to future employers.
  • Students from the course have completed placements in a variety of organisations including the London’s Park Theatre, Rose Wisksteed Casting, Unicorn Theatre and Icarus Theatre Company.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023

UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBC.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM in any subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM in any subject, with an A-level at grade C.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma M in any subject, with A-levels grade BB.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points.
  • Obtain a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3 and grade B in A level English subject.
  • A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 and GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4 or GCSE English Literature grade B or grade 5.

EU and International entry requirements

  • If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 92 (min R18, L17, S20, W17)
  • The Theatre and English BA at Brunel is an academic and practical course that provides you with the opportunity to tailor your studies according to your interests in Theatre and English. There is a range of optional modules in both disciplines from which you can choose as you develop as a creative.
  • Please see the link below for more information on the compulsory and optional modules offered throughout the course for each pathway. The dropdown menus further below offer information on the content of the modules.
  • Programme Specification

Please note

Year 3 compulsory modules are structured as follows:

  • Option 1 - DR3614 or DR3608 or EN3003
  • Option 2 - EN3004 and DR3606
  • This course can be studied 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement or 4.5 to 6 years part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

  • DR1615 Perspectives 1: Introduction to Theatre Studies
  • EN1704 - Reading Resilience
  • EN1602 - World Literature, World Literacies
  • EN1807 Critical Reading Portfolio
  • DR1604: Ensemble Production


  • DR1607 Applied Drama Practice 1: An Introduction
  • DR1612 Physical Theatre 1: Between Dance and Theatre
  • DR1613 Musical Theatre 1
  • DR1601 Acting: Essential Skills
  • DR1609 Digital Performance 1

Year 2


  • DR2608 Perspectives


  • DR2613 Writing 2: Experiments in Language for Performance
  • DR2614 Physical Theatre 2: Performance and Embodiment
  • DR2601 Acting: Beyond Naturalism
  • DR2607 Digital Performance 2
  • DR2612 Musical Theatre 2: Histories, Practices and Theories
  • EN2001 - The Nineteenth-Century Novel
  • EN2002 - Shakespeare: Text and Performance
  • EN2014 - Modernism
  • EN2021 - Romanticism and Revolution
  • EN2607 - The Women’s Movement: 20th Century and Contemporary Writing
  • EN2610 - Contemporary British and Irish Fiction
  • EN2605 - Genre Fiction
  • DR2602 Applied Drama 2: Project
  • DR2615 Performance as Research: Second Year Production Module
  • EN2011 - Post-Colonial Writing

Year 3

  • DR3614 Final Production (practical)
  • DR3608 Written Dissertation
  • EN3003 - Project
  • EN3004 English Project
  • DR3606 Written Dissertation Single


  • DR3601 Perspectives 3: Battling with Ideas
  • DR3616 Professional Experience and Development
  • DR3612 Advanced Musical Theatre 3
  • DR3617 Advanced Physical Theatre 3
  • AH3600 - Psychogeography
  • EN3605 - Modern and Contemporary Lesbian Literature
  • EN3609 Post War and Late 20th Century Literature 1945-2001
  • EN3022 - Victorian Literature and Culture
  • EN3032 - Jane Austen and Her Novels
  • EN3604 - Writing Ireland
  • EN3617 - Violence
  • DR3618 Advanced Acting
  • DR3619 Digital Performance and Technology 3
  • DR3605 The Canon Re-loaded
  • DR3615 New Writing: Page to Stage
  • EN3613 - The Creative Industries
  • EN3619 - Chaucer to Shakespeare
  • EN3618 - Reading for Writers / Writing for Readers
  • DR36XX Creative Industries and Labour Practices
  • UK 
  • £9,250 full-time 
  • £6,935 part-time 
  • £1,385 placement year
  • Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. 
  • Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

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