The Course

In studying the BA (Hons) Drama and English degree at Lincoln, students will be encouraged to make connections between the subjects, explore key differences between them and also develop critical rigour while questioning conventional assumptions about literature, drama and the world.

Students are invited to consider literature from a variety of theoretical, historical and cultural perspectives, while the interdisciplinary nature of the course places an emphasis on bringing together a critical study of drama with creative practice.

With a wide range of optional modules that explore a variety of genres and playwrights, students have an opportunity to prepare for a range of careers in the theatre and media, both on and off stage, and for further study.

How You Study

During the first and second years of the course, students are introduced to literary forms and theories and can explore texts and authors from the early 19th Century through to the present day. Drama modules offer students the opportunity to develop a critical and culturally engaged relationship to the theatre in both scholarship and practice. In the third year, students may choose from a wide range of options and undertake a dissertation on a topic of their choice.

Teaching modes vary between modules with different attendance requirements accordingly. Students can expect to attend lectures, interactive discussion-based seminars and practical workshops, in addition to watching theatrical performances and film screenings.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.

How You Are Assessed

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.


Visiting Writers

Students with interests in creative writing and contemporary literature may benefit from readings and masterclasses by published authors. Previous speakers include Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy.

Performance Opportunities

Students may decide to join our semi-professional theatre group and benefit from enhanced opportunities to perform. The Lincoln Company has taken a range of exciting shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for nearly a decade. Our work ranges from new writing to contemporary and experimental performance, but all of our shows are produced and directed by our current and former students, who are supported by our in–house technical team.

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, the Lincoln Company works all year round running shows in repertory, touring regionally, and engaging in national and international festivals.

Previous work taken to Edinburgh includes Joe Orton’s 'Loot', David Greig’s 'The cosmonaut’s letter to the woman he once loved in the Soviet Union' and a devised performance, 'Cartography', by graduate company, Flickbook Theatre, which was highly commended by the National Student Drama Festival in 2015.


Activities such as play readings, film showings and field trips also enhance students’ experience of literary studies and have included our annual visit to Newstead Abbey, former home of the poet Lord Byron.

Performance Credits

Each student will receive event/performance credits which can be used against ticketed performances at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

Entry Requirements

  • GCE Advanced Levels: BBC
  • International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each element or equivalent

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.

We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

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Last updated April 23, 2019
This course is Campus based
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Aug 2019
3 years
15,000 GBP
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