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Combine your passion for theatre, performance, and literature with the BA (Hons) Drama and English degree at the University of Lincoln. This interdisciplinary joint honours programme allows students to engage with the vast majority of modules available on both the Drama and English degrees and offers full access to the range of unique opportunities developed by both programmes. Led by experts in English literature, theatre, and performance research, as well as professional performers, theatre makers, and industry specialists with national and international connections, this course will help prepare you for a wide selection of careers.

The English element of the course considers literature from a variety of theoretical, historical, and cultural perspectives, while the theatre and performance components allow students to encounter creative practice, technical theatre, and performance skills together with a critical study of drama and theatre.

Through a mixture of core and optional modules, both practical and theoretical, you'll be able to curate your own journey through the programme. While the English side of the course covers poetry, fiction, and drama, as well as less traditional literary forms such as life-writing and graphic novels, in drama students can choose to focus on script work, play analysis, live performance, technical theatre, devised work, and more.

As part of your studies you may also choose to study abroad through one of our many international schemes, or take up a placement in a professional setting, working alongside a theatre company, arts organisation, school, or other education setting.

The course also provides opportunities for you to perform, create, and participate in a variety of performances, trips, and events with a range of partners including interdisciplinary students, professional artists and performers, and external organisations. Recently we've worked with organisations including the BBC, National Youth Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, and the Royal Air Force.

Why Choose Lincoln

Subject area ranked top 20 overall in the UK*

450-seat professional theatre on campus

Opportunities to tour performances around the UK

Readings and masterclasses by visiting authors

Exchange opportunities in Canada and North America

Credits which can be used against ticketed performances at the Lincoln Arts C

*Guardian University Guide 2024 (out of 84 ranking institutions).

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How You Study

Teaching practice on the Joint Honours degree is diverse and takes place mainly through lectures, seminars, studio-based workshops, and individual tutorials.

During the first year, on the English side of their course students are introduced to literary forms and theories, and texts and authors spanning almost a millennium, from the Gawain poet to Kazuo Ishiguro. In drama, students take core modules designed to embed crucial skills, including ensemble and devising work, as well as play analysis and script performance.

In their second and third years, students are able to tailor their degree to match their own individual interests and aptitudes. They can choose from a wide range of optional modules and complete an independent study/dissertation in either subject on a topic of their choice. At points you may also choose a suite of modules offered from different courses in Lincoln School of Creative Arts, offering the advantage of working with peers in other disciplines such as fine art, dance, and musical theatre, championing interdisciplinarity and cross-discipline thinking.

Employability lies at the heart of the what we offer, with a suite of optional modules that may suit those that wish to enter teaching, arts administration, portfolio creative careers, performing, and much more. Drama modules will give students an insight into the professional side of the cultural sector, and project-based and performance assessments will equip students with a host of transferable skills, from problem-solving, project management, and marketing and advertising, to enable you to become self-directed, resourceful and creative. At level three you may choose to undertake an individual research project are designed to develop critical thinking skills, as well as contributing to the drama degree showcase final year module.


† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Devising and Making 2024-25DRA1046Level 42024-25This practice-based module introduces the foundational elements of performance technique and performance making. Students undergo technical training in ensemble and spatial awareness, physical skills and movement for theatre, the operation of the voice, writing for performance, fundamentals lighting and sound design. Alongside technique sessions, they take part in devising workshops where they investigate the theories and methodologies that underpin performance making. As the semester progresses, students form groups and create performances informed by the techniques and theories they have been exploring. At the end of the module, they are assessed through a presentation of work - an Annotated Performance - which will demonstrate an applied understanding of technique and the ability to engage in meaningful critical analysis of their work.CoreEnsemble Show 2024-25DRA1047MLevel 42024-25This highly creative and inspiring module is the practical culmination of our students' first year, in which the artistic skills and performance techniques learned in Devising & Making (in semester A) are implemented in a larger group ensemble context. Students collaborate to devise, produce and perform an original piece of contemporary theatre based on the ensemble's collective exploration of a particular theme or concept under the supervision of a specialist staff member. The performance is then scheduled as part of Lincoln Arts Centre's public programme and showcased on the main auditorium stage.CoreTexts in Time: Medieval to Romantic 2024-25ENL1070MLevel 42024-25Texts in Time: Medieval to Romantic introduces students to a variety of materials from a range of cultural and historical contexts from the 12th century to 1830, and to methods of reading historically. Students will thus build a foundation on writers and historical periods which they can choose to pursue in greater detail at levels 2 and 3. Students will examine literature in English in a range of forms, such as poetry, drama, fiction, and essays, and the conditions under which these materials were created. There will be a particular emphasis throughout the module on questions concerning the self in society and the cultural tensions that arise when different understandings or definitions of identity clash. The chosen texts will demonstrate and explore understandings of the self in relation to matters such as sex, gender, race, nationality, class, religion, and age.CoreTexts in Time: Victorian to Contemporary 2024-25ENL1071MLevel 42024-25‘Texts in Time: Victorian to Contemporary’ introduces students to a variety of materials from a range of cultural and historical contexts from 1830 to the present, and to methods of reading historically. Students will thus build a foundation on writers and historical periods which they can choose to pursue in greater detail at levels 2 and 3. Students will examine literature in English in a range of forms, such as poetry, drama, fiction, and essays, and the conditions under which these materials were created. There will be a particular emphasis throughout the module on questions concerning the self in society and the cultural tensions that arise when different understandings or definitions of identity clash. The chosen texts will demonstrate and explore understandings of the self in relation to matters such as sex, gender, race, nationality, class, religion, and age.CoreDis-Locations: the Literature of Late Capitalism 2025-26ENL2023MLevel 52025-26Fragmentation, uncertainty and conflict characterise a world in aftermath of war, at end of empire, and at the beginning of a period of radical social and cultural change. This module aims to chart the emergence of the contemporary world from these fractured beginnings through an introduction to British literature of the period 1950–2000. From the post-war Windrush migration to the rise of the historical novel at the turn of the millennium, the Angry Young Men to new feminist perspectives and postcolonialism, this module explores relevant theoretical perspectives on the late 20th Century and encourages an appreciation of the relationship between texts and their social, political and cultural contexts.CoreTheory Wars 2025-26ENL2017MLevel 52025-26This module considers the range of theories that we can use when we read and think about literature. Students will have the opportunity to study psychoanalysis, feminism, Marxism and postmodernism, among others, to think about why and how we structure meaning and interpretation in certain ways. We consider questions such as ‘what is an author?’, ‘what is gender?’ and ‘why do certain things frighten us?’ through theorists such as Roland Barthes, Judith Butler and Sigmund Freud.CoreActing & Directing for Screen 2025-26FIL2019Level 52025-26OptionalActing the Song 2025-26MST2001MLevel 52025-26This is a practical module which explores the techniques of singing and acting a song. You will work on vocal technique, character development, and acting approaches to prepare solo numbers for performance. The module will equip you with the skills to begin to put together a rep portfolio appropriate for your voice. This will be invaluable if you are planning to apply for postgraduate study at drama school or begin auditioning for shows. Assessment will be part practical, and part based on a portfolio detailing your exploration of acting and vocal techniques through the module.OptionalAfter The End: Reading the Apocalypse 2025-26ENL2027MLevel 52025-26This module explores apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic texts using a range of novels, short stories, poems and films. Lectures will establish cultural and historical contexts and address issues such as form and genre. The module will explore a range of significant periods from early Judeo-Christian fears regarding the purging moral apocalypse, through Romantic preoccupations with nature and industrialisation, postmodernism and more contemporary concerns about viral or cybernetic apocalypse. We will draw from a range of disciplines including literary theory, psychoanalysis, cultural theory, philosophy and trauma theory.OptionalAmerican Literature I 2025-26ENL2024MLevel 52025-26This module explores the nineteenth-century literature of the USA, chiefly focusing on fiction and poetry. Authors covered include Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Walt Whitman and Willa Cather, among others.OptionalAmerican Literature II 2025-26ENL2025MLevel 52025-26This module covers a broad range of twentieth-century American fiction and poetry. Beginning with Fitzgerald, other authors studied include Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac, Toni Morrison, Thomas Pynchon and David Foster Wallace.OptionalArts and Health 2025-26ART2021Level 52025-26Arts and Health, an optional 30 credit module in Semester B, is a live brief project that offers students the opportunity to work in a professional public setting to facilitate artwork with participants. This may be a community, charity, educational, public or private sector setting in Lincoln or elsewhere. You will be given the opportunity in this module to facilitate artwork with service users, communities or clients in organisations such as We Are With You / Double Impact / NHS / YMCA / HMS or another charity or community setting. We have successfully worked with We Are With You / Double Impact Lincoln for the past 7 years, a national drug and alcohol charity offering support to people to enable them to make positive behavioural change. Their work encompasses community support, education, help for those in the criminal justice system, mental health services, family and employment support. In recent years we have also started to grow our community settings to provide students with further professional facilitation experiences such as working with adults with lived experience within the NHS and local communities at Doddington Hall, that draw upon community arts, participatory arts, arts psychotherapeutic methods and occupational health approaches. Students considering a career in arts-led intervention or community arts practices, will gain invaluable experience of planning, training for, delivering and evaluating a participatory art process within a community setting.OptionalBritish Medieval Literature 2025-26ENL2044MLevel 52025-26This module examines key British medieval texts, primarily in Middle English, from the High and Late Middle Ages (that is, from approximately the twelfth century to fifteenth century). It explores the breadth of literary activity in the period through a variety of genres--such as debate poetry, ethnographies, beast fables, romance, dream visions, satire, devotional and mystical writings, and mystery plays--and the evolution of a new form of English (the precursor of modern English), revealing that the medieval period is, in truth, a far cry from the misnomer by which it is often identified, the ‘dark ages’.OptionalClassic and Contemporary Fantasy 2025-26ENL2064MLevel 52025-26This module examines one of the most varied literary genres extant, one that, at times, is often relegated to the margins because of its slippery nature. Students will examine early examples of fantasy and trace the genre’s development across a number of key historical epochs, from the classical and medieval periods to the twenty-first century. They will consider especially Tolkien as a pivotal force in the growth of fantasy literature and theory, as well as The Inklings, a group whose works had a profound influence on the evolution of the genre in the twentieth century. A range of subgenres of the fantastic will be explored, which may include high and low fantasy, ironic fantasy, historical fantasy, or magic realism, and, alongside primary texts, they will read selections from modern theoretical and critical texts that articulate different interpretations and approaches to the fantastic.OptionalContemporary Performance Technologies 2025-26TTH2009Level 52025-26This module will cover the latest technologies used in theatre and live events, from contemporary lighting and innovative live sound technology to holographic performance and virtual reality. The module will explore how this technology is used and will encourage students to consider how contemporary technology can be used or developed to create a performance. The module will research and analyse case studies from innovative contemporary productions and manufacturers from around the world.OptionalContemporary Production Practices 2025-26TTH2002Level 52025-26This module aims to enable students to understand the landscape for potential employment post-University. The module runs alongside the Placement module and will have the scope to feature guest talks from industry professionals.OptionalCreative Audio Technologies 2025-26MUS2018Level 52025-26OptionalDigital Performance 2025-26DAN2019MLevel 52025-26This module focuses on the interdisciplinary field of digital performance. “We define the term 'digital performance' broadly to include all performance works where computer technologies play a key role rather than a subsidiary one in content, techniques, aesthetics or delivery forms” (Dixon, 2007, p3). It examines the intersection of digital media and performance in various contexts, such as interactive media on stage, biosensors and the body in performance, and social media and performance opportunities. By working with various digital technologies students can engage and explore practically how to make performance using these tools and new technologies.OptionalIndustry Placement 2025-26CAR2005Level 52025-26This module is part of the University's commitment to academic programmes that encourage a high level of vocational relevance. This module encourages students to think beyond their University life, reaching into the wider community to hone their skills and target future employment possibilities. The module aims to enable students to examine how arts-based organisations, educational and non-traditional arts-based establishments function and provide students with valuable workplace experience.OptionalLiterature of the Fin de Siècle 2025-26ENL2065MLevel 52025-26This module examines some of the preoccupations of the fin de siècle through a series of texts and authors who helped to shape the cultural climate of the 1880s-1900s. These decades gave rise to a pervasive feeling of vital urgency and exhilaration in Britain, as well as a conflicted sense that society was teetering on a cliff edge of irredeemable degeneration. Texts will be read alongside and in light of social and political developments, such as anxieties about Britain’s empire and position on the global stage, evolution and degeneration, sexual identity, women’s rights, the rise of occultism and spiritualism, Decadence, and radical politics. The study of fin de siècle writing will be set against the backdrop of the infamous Oscar Wilde trial, and the sensationalised Jack the Ripper murders, contemporary anxieties about criminality, the empire, and eugenics.OptionalLSCA Study Abroad 2025-26CAR2003Level 52025-26Study Abroad is an optional module which enables students to spend a semester studying abroad at one of the University’s approved partner institutions. Eligible students must have completed their first year of study to a satisfactory standard and successfully completed the application process for the study abroad scheme. During the semester spent abroad, students share classes with local students and study on a suite of locally-delivered taught modules which have been approved in advance by the University. Upon their return, as part of the assessment for this module, students are required to critically reflect upon their experience of living and studying in a different cultural environment and the skills acquired.OptionalMaking It New: An Introduction to Literary Modernism 2025-26ENL2016MLevel 52025-26In this module students will have the opportunity to explore the early twentieth century, one of the most creative periods in English literature, when writers like James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence were challenging conventional ways of writing and reading, and rewriting how we experience and understand the world and ourselves. Required reading will include some of the most powerful works from the modern movement between 1910 and 1940 including James Joyce’s Ulysses and T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land.OptionalMusical Theatre Futures 2025-26MST2014Level 52025-26This module considers the current moment in musical theatre, and anticipates new innovations. It will focus particularly on musical theatre in the British and digital contexts, identifying new dynamics, new emergences, and new opportunities for and within the musical theatre industry.OptionalPostcolonialism 2025-26ENL2022MLevel 52025-26This module examines literary representations of the world that emerge from the history of European exploration and expansion, and considers literary responses from groups that were marginalized through imperialism. Students will be encouraged to look at the treatment by white writers of issues of race and empire in the early twentieth century. They will also have the opportunity to explore ways in which postcolonial literatures develop strategies of 'writing back' to the imperial centre and re-thinking identity in terms of race, gender and nation. The final section offers a study of postcolonial Britain and some global implications of postcolonial writing.OptionalReading the 'Global' 2025-26ENL2074Level 52025-26This module enables you to explore how works examine, contest, and imagine multiple forms of living ‘otherwise’ in a globally interconnected, but unequal, world through reading a variety of 20th and 21st Century Anglophone Literature. You can engage in lively, interlinked thematic debates, that might include Indigeneity and settler colonialism; nationhood and anticolonial resistance; diaspora; globalization and neocolonialism; world literatures and the neoliberal world-system; cosmopolitanism; the trans-Indigenous; environment and climate; and speculative futures. Primary works could include African, Caribbean, Indigenous, Irish, South Asian, MENA, Pacific Rim, and diasporic literary and cinematographic texts such as film and television.OptionalRenaissance Literature 2025-26ENL2018MLevel 52025-26Students studying Renaissance Literature have the opportunity to look in detail at a range of texts from the late Elizabethan period to the mid-1630s, including work by Shakespeare, John Donne, Ben Jonson and Mary Wroth. They also have the chance to explore the historical and cultural contexts in which these texts were produced, and the effects that they had on the politics and culture of the British Isles in the period. Lectures aim to examine post-Reformation England and late humanism, patronage, gender relations, early modern literary theory, education and philosophy.OptionalRomanticism: Literature 1780-1830 2025-26ENL2063MLevel 52025-26Students will study English literature of the Romantic period (1780-1830), including poetry, fiction, autobiography, and political polemic. The module will address revolutions in politics and literary form and ideas of nature, the sublime, sensibility and feeling, abolition and slavery, Enlightenment feminism, the Gothic, Orientalism, and childhood. Students will have the opportunity to study works by writers including William Wordsworth, William Blake, Mary Shelley, Jane Austen, and Olaudah Equiano, placing them in their cultural context.OptionalSpecialist Elective 2025-26CAR2002Level 52025-26OptionalStage Combat 2025-26DRA2037Level 52025-26This practical module teaches the fundamental techniques of armed and unarmed theatrical combat. Students undergo stage fight training designed to enable them to act out physical conflict in a safe and technically proficient way, while maintaining characterisation and creating a convincing illusion of reality. Throughout the semester, students work in pairs under the combat coach’s supervision. At the end of the module, they engage in an assessment by performing a fight scene that they have selected and rehearsed. The exam gives students the option of obtaining a stage combat certificate issued by The Academy of Performance Combat.OptionalStaging Shakespeare & Co 2025-26DRA2044MLevel 52025-26This practically-based module engages with selected plays of the Early Modern period and uses them as texts for performance on the contemporary stage. Working both as dramaturgs and performers, students can form a production ensemble and stage an Early Modern classic presented on the main auditorium of the Lincoln Arts Centre. Students may connect their interpretation and re-interpretation the text and its performance history with their own ideas and experiences to situate the Early Modern text within our contemporary cultural moment. Recently staged performances on this module include versions of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi and Christopher Marlowe’s Dr Faustus.OptionalStudy Period Abroad - English and Drama 2025-26ENL2030MLevel 52025-26This module provides an opportunity for students on the joint English and Drama BA to spend a semester at second level studying at one of the University’s partner institutions, developing academically and personally. During the semester abroad students undertake a course load at the partner institution of equivalent standard to that of one semester of the programme at Lincoln. Participation in study abroad also offers unique opportunities for personal student development in the widest sense, taking in cultural, sporting and social opportunities. In order to participate, students are usually expected to obtain a 2:1 or higher at Level 1, have a good record of attendance and participation, and must complete an application process. A limited number of places will be available each year, and participation is at the discretion of the Module Co-ordinator and the Programme Leader.OptionalTeaching Practices 2025-26CAR2004Level 52025-26Throughout this module you will develop and deepen your knowledge and practice of teaching and delivery in a your chosen discipline. you will practice, analyse and discuss various possible strategies for working in a variety of environments, including more challenging environments, such as integrated settings and with hard-to-reach groups. In addition to the practical exploration of teaching and delivery, you will investigate the key policies and legislation surrounding the teaching profession. This module has a strong industry-facing element, and will provide key knowledge and tools for students wanting to move toward teaching and delivery as part of their career.OptionalThe Arthurian Myth 2025-26ENL2043MLevel 52025-26This module examines Arthurian narratives, myths, and traditions within a variety of contexts and media, and traces a variety of themes associated with Arthur and his court, including history and national identity; violence; kingship and rule; loyalty and betrayal; and love, sex, and gender roles. Students will be expected to assess the importance of a myth that spans more than a millennium and address how medieval texts made meaning within their specific socio-cultural situations, as well as how later periods make meaning through their deployment of the medieval in new contexts.OptionalThe Craft of Creative Non-Fiction 2025-26CRW2003MLevel 52025-26While students are introduced to prose fiction writing and essential narrative techniques at level 1, the field of prose writing is much wider than short stories or novels. In areas such as travel, historiography, literary journalism and biography, writers frequently employ similar techniques to those used by novelists to make events and characters more vivid. This module will encourage students to use their creative and technical skills to write non-fiction, including but not limited travel writing, life writing, articles, reviews and journals. Particular attention will be paid to balancing the need to convey factual information with the creative potential of narrative, language and form. This module will allow students to research a field they wish to investigate such as current events, the arts, history or some aspect of science. Students will learn both how to conduct research (through archival research, observations, and interviews) as well as the fundamental techniques of telling a true story. Extended over two semesters, it will enable students to engage more deeply with a chosen field of non-fiction, for example to produce chapters that would contribute to a book as well as features.OptionalThe Craft of Fiction 2025-26CRW2006MLevel 52025-26This module will explore the role of fiction writing with an initial emphasis on the short story. Many writers begin with the short story. Through writing short stories they are able to experiment, learn the fundamentals of narrative composition, and have the satisfaction of completing something to a high standard in a relatively short period of time. This module will introduce students to the work of a range of fiction writers, whilst helping them to develop their skills in crafting prose. They will be asked to study particular stories each week, but also expected to pursue their own interests in reading. The skills required for writing short stories are also key to working in other forms, so this module will help students to develop as writers, whatever their plans and ambitions may be.OptionalTheatre and Adaptation 2025-26DRA2055Level 52025-26This module introduces you to adapting texts from one medium (e.g. novel, film, poem, image) to the medium of the theatre. Through seminar discussions and readings (play texts and scholarship), you will explore the aesthetic, political, and cultural implications involved in the adaptation process. Adopting a practical approach as a lens to engage with these ideas, you will also work in groups to develop an adaptation project for a short theatrical performance.OptionalTheatres of Experiment: the Avant-Garde 2025-26DRA2042MLevel 52025-26This module explores the practices, politics, cultural legacy and impact of the European Avant-garde circa 1880-1930 and turns to more recent developments in the course of the module. Students may study the theories, manifestoes, interventions and artworks from key movements including: Symbolism, Futurism, German Expressionism, DaDa, Surrealism, and Absurdism, before considering contemporary expressions of avant-garde practice such as the 1960s Happenings, and the Fluxus Group. The module asks: What can the theatre – and other practices of these avant-garde movements and landmark practitioners – teach us in our approach to making theatre today? Where can vestiges of avant-gardism be seen in diverse contemporary performances and artworks? And how do avant-garde artists’ attempt to create radical fusions of art, life and politics? The answers to these questions form the foundation for the small group performances you will make that have been an influential springboard for the L3 Degree Show projects.OptionalVictorian Worlds: Literature 1830-1914 2025-26ENL2070MLevel 52025-26OptionalA Dream Deferred: Class in American Literature 2026-27ENL3072MLevel 62026-27OptionalAdvanced Acting for Stage 2026-27DRA3080Level 62026-27This module teaches students how to act in the style of naturalism and realism. It aims to refine performance technique, and instil solid, manageable principles about the craft of acting. Seen from the actor/character point of view, it is about playing actions and pursuing objectives, which are what you do in order to get what you want/need. The module examines various strategies and approaches principally derived from the work of Stanislavski and Laban. Using these practitioners, as well as studying the postmodern characterisation of Churchill and Crimp, the first two thirds of the module (8 weeks) concentrate on introducing acting and scene study techniques. In the final four weeks of teaching, workshops will become weekly work-in-progress sessions where students will showcase their scenes and critique the work of their peers in a ‘masterclass’/ rehearsal format. The module concludes with a public performance of the scene plus a post-show viva. There is also a directing dimension to the module, as scenes have to be interpreted and staged; scene and play analysis is also fundamental to the work of the director. No actor (or director) can begin to act (or direct) successfully without knowing how best to mine the text, wherein most clues are to be found about how to perform the scene, the character and the play.OptionalAmerican Detective Fiction and Film: 1930 to the Present Day 2026-27ENL3081MLevel 62026-27Why have detective narratives proved so enduringly popular? This module will interrogate the iconic figure of the private eye in American popular culture, through the fiction and film of the twentieth and twenty-first century.OptionalArts and Cultural Industries 2026-27DRA3056MLevel 62026-27 Acknowledging what happens in process and production are is as important, if not more important, than what happens with a final artistic product. This module offers you invaluable opportunities to develop a detailed understanding of the arts as an ecosystem in relation to the wider world. You'll be introduced to the organisational infrastructure of the creative sector, enhancing your core employability skills for life after graduation, and equipping you for a career in the arts. You will learn directly from industry professionals working in a variety of creative contexts who we invite to speak to you in a series of talks and presentations; you can speak to them, ask questions, and develop your professional network. You will also learn though lectures, discussion, group and individual working, and via research tasks designed to provide you with real-world guidance for working in creative and cultural industries. You'll also be encouraged to keep abreast of government policy and issues such as audience accessibility and diversity within the arts, and ask how the current political climate shapes this generation of arts organisations, makers, producers and companies.OptionalCabaret, Satire & Song 2026-27DRA3062Level 62026-27A mix of theory and practical work, this module explores a wide range of popular performance forms and their continued cultural impact on both society and contemporary performance practice. The explorations include - but are not limited to - traditional and contemporary cabaret forms, music hall and vaudeville, parody songs, satirical news and sketches, drag acts, queer performances, slam poetry, and more. In seminars, students interrogate and critically reflect on the historical and socio-political contexts that have influenced popular performance from the 18th century to the present day. Alongside this, students also engage in weekly practical workshops where they experiment with various modes of performance and deploy their creativity and imagination to generate original material for the final presentation of work. The module culminates with a public cabaret show devised and performed by the students.OptionalContemporary American Fiction 2026-27ENL3017Level 62026-27This module offers an opportunity to engage with American literature (in a variety of forms) and some of its socio-historical, political and ideological contexts from the late 1990s to the present day. We will explore aspects of canon-formation in American fiction, and study a selection of texts by both new and established writers, in some cases at the point where they are first published in paperback. We will take a thematic approach, locating American cultural production in regional, national and global contexts, with a particular emphasis on writing in the 21st century. There are no pre-requisites for this module.OptionalDirecting 2026-27DRA3077MLevel 62026-27This module offers invaluable insight into the skills and techniques required to direct theatre, and offers opportunities to put this specialised knowledge into practice in relation to a variety of play texts. Students are introduced to various practical processes and methodologies, including researching a script and articulating a vision, guiding improvisations and blocking, to casting, running a rehearsal room, and developing performance material. For assessment, students direct their peers in a scene of their choice, following a period of their own script preparation. By studying the artistic and aesthetic concerns of the director, students will come to understand and contextualise what it means to direct theatre in the twenty-first century.OptionalFestival Showcase Project 2026-27 2026-27DRA3059MLevel 62026-27With the assistance of a supervisor, students will work in groups to propose, plan and perform an ambitious, large scale hour-long performance as a final Showcase Project that uses the skills, techniques, knowledge and creative influences that they have accumulated over the course of their degree. Student may propose a show of any type, from existing plays to devised work, from site-based to adaptations. They may develop anything from intermedial work to performance-installation, physical theatre and/or live art. All performances will have the opportunity to be shown in the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre as part of its professional programme of staged work.OptionalForming a Company (Musical Theatre) 2026-27MST3002MLevel 62026-27This module sets the challenge of launching a small-scale musical theatre company and taking a production to a venue (or venues) outside the University. This is likely to be students' first independent venture into staging a production, which could be performed in a small-scale venue, in a school context, in a site-specific space, or on tour.OptionalGlobal Medical Humanities 2026-27ENL3100Level 62026-27OptionalGothic in Literature and Film 2026-27ENL3006MLevel 62026-27Monsters and attics, desolate landscapes, imprisonment and pursuit: the gothic genre emerged in the late eighteenth century to depict our darkest fears and desires. Termed 'the literature of nightmare', gothic departs from a realistic mode of representation and employs a powerful means of symbolic expression. Students are given the opportunity to investigate ways in which the genre has explored psychological and political anxieties, and themes of sexual and social transgression. We consider literary texts from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries, including literature and film, and we give attention to sub-genres such as ‘female gothic’, ‘imperial gothic’ and ‘children’s gothic’.OptionalGrowing Up and Growing Old: Youth and Age across the Nineteenth Century 2026-27ENL3080MLevel 62026-27This module explores what it meant to grow up and to grow old in the nineteenth century, through often contradictory accounts of experiencing age categories from childhood to old age. Students will have the opportunity to examine various constructions of ageing, to reflect on age as a crucial facet of identity. This module considers age as a lens to explore the nineteenth century as a transitional period of growth and expansion as well as decay and decline, through a range of Romantic and Victorian texts.OptionalIndependent Study: English 2026-27ENL3043MLevel 62026-27In this module students have the opportunity to research in depth an author or topic of their choosing. Students are expected to commence research over the summer between Levels 2 and 3 and, on their return, have regular, one-to-one meetings with a tutor who is a research specialist in that field. The supervisor offers advice and direction, but primarily this module encourages independent research leading to the production of a 10,000 word dissertation.OptionalIrish Writing since 1900 2026-27ENL3071MLevel 62026-27This module is designed to examine how terms such as Ireland and Irishness have been constructed and questioned across the last century, a period of immense and often turbulent historical and social change. It aims to explore the representation of place, the nature of nationalism, the changing family unit, gender roles and Ireland's relationship to globalization in Irish poetry, drama and fiction.OptionalLife Writing 2026-27ENL3032MLevel 62026-27This module responds to the recent interest in the representation of lives within literary studies. It discusses a range of life representations (including biography, autobiography, letters, confessions, memoirs, and poems) from the Romantic period to the contemporary moment. Students may consider the origins of autobiography, address Modernist experiments with life representations, and discuss twentieth-century and contemporary innovations, including disability narratives and cross-cultural autobiographies. Themes such as the construction of selfhood, conceptions of memory, the relational self, and the ethics of life writing are addressed.OptionalLiterature and the Environment 2026-27ENL3050MLevel 62026-27The first principle of ecological thinking is that it is not only human beings that are meaningful, and that we are neither so separate from, nor so dominant over, the non-human as we tend to think. In this module students can explore what difference it makes to read literature from this perspective. We study literature as part of our complex interaction with our environment, and, perhaps sometimes, as a uniquely valuable one. Students can read texts from ancient Greek pastoral to contemporary dystopias, and from the poet John Clare to the woodland historian Oliver Rackham.OptionalLiterature and the Visual, 1770–1900 2026-27ENL3095MLevel 62026-27OptionalMonsters and Violence in Middle English Romance 2026-27ENL3077MLevel 62026-27This module explores the representation of East-West contact in Middle English romances, with a particular emphasis on the interlacement of racial and ethnic otherness and on different types of violence, from martial exploits and religious coercion to rape and cannibalism. Students will have the chance to experience the breadth of the romance genre—its many thematic and topical branches, and its many sub-genres and their respective conventions—as well as insight to the actual act of crusading, and the cultural and social crises that arose from this act.OptionalMoving Home: Literatures of American Migration 2026-27ENL3070MLevel 62026-27OptionalNineteenth-Century Women's Writing 2026-27ENL3016Level 62026-27This module explores literature by nineteenth-century women writers through the Romantic and Victorian eras up to the suffrage campaigns. We explore how women negotiated cultural ideals of femininity and the challenges of authorship to produce writings across forms including novel, short story, poetry, play, and in a range of genres such as social realism, gothic, fairy tale and life writing. We consider how these works engage with contemporaneous social debates, especially about women’s social position. Authors addressed include Jane Austen, Anne Bronte, Dorothy Wordsworth, Christina Rossetti, Mary Molesworth, Amy Levy and Elizabeth Robins. These works are interpreted in relation to their cultural context and in light of recent critical debates.OptionalProduction Design and Realisation 2026-27TTH3004Level 62026-27This module combines both practice and study, in which students can work either independently or collaboratively to design and realise a production for the stage or an unconventional performance space. The module requires students to undertake the roles within the creative team for a production, including the production designer, set designer, lighting designer, sound designer, costume designer, prop designer, video designer and more. The module aims to examine the skills and resources available for each of these roles and allow students to explore the avenue that most suits them. Students can opt to work solo or form groups suited to the area of interest applicable to each students' interests and CPD plan. Students can work independently or in groups to propose, plan and design an ambitious theoretical production that utilises the experience gained over their three years on the programme. Embracing a broad spectrum of theatrical design methods to produce a visualised representation and presentation of a theoretical production. Students may form groups and work collaboratively to fulfil all the design elements of a production, including (but not limited to) set designer, lighting designer, sound designer, AV and costume designer. Alternatively, students may choose to work independently and design all scenographic elements themselves. A preliminary seminar aims to introduce the Module and its processes, offering design briefs to be allocated to each group. A supervisor can be assigned to each group to meet with them at key points over the Semester. Supervisors may advise students on the mode of work each group is producing, and give feedback on their Draft Proposal. Groups can then receive formal supervisions during the Semester, including work in progress stages prior to their final assessment and presentation. The module is designed to simulate a real-world design scenario, requiring students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to develop concepts, work collaboratively, and produce quality design documentation.OptionalProfessional Production 2026-27DRA3078MLevel 62026-27This 30-credit module puts you at the heart of a professional theatre experience, providing the opportunity to rehearse and perform for public audiences. Once you have successfully auditioned for this module, you will begin an intensive development and rehearsal process for the production, before performing a short run for Lincoln Arts Centre. Supported by the Lincoln Arts Centre’s staff, the production will provide invaluable professional experience from audition to final performance.OptionalScience Fiction 2026-27ENL3036MLevel 62026-27This module considers the genre of modern science fiction and its evolution into one of today’s most popular narrative genres. Analysing a variety of forms – novel, short story, drama, graphic novel and film – students will have the opportunity to examine the socio-historical contexts of some of the most influential narratives of this period. This ranges from the emergence of “scientific romance” in the late nineteenth century, to late twentieth-century forms like cyberpunk and radical fantasy; from the problems of defining “genre fictions” and privileging science fiction over fantasy, to our enduring fascination with alternate histories, non-human agents (robots, animals, genetic hybrids, the environment), ecocatastrophe and post-apocalypse.OptionalScriptwriting for Stage and Screen 2026-27 2026-27DRA3060MLevel 62026-27Scriptwriting for Stage and Screen develops students' skills in scriptwriting for film, television and theatre. Through workshop exercises, group feedback, and seminar-based discussion students will study a variety of writing practices, developing the skills to create character, dialogue, and plot for both the stage and the screen. In addition to writing their own script, students will also attain a realistic understanding of theatre, film and television industries, including how to present their work within production contexts.OptionalSex, Texts and Politics: The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer 2026-27ENL3078MLevel 62026-27This module concentrates on the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, with a particular emphasis on The Canterbury Tales, perhaps Chaucer’s most famous work. Students will have the opportunity to examine the General Prologue and a variety of tales in relation to their historical context and literary antecedents, and, throughout, specific attention will be given to questions of genre (ranging from fable and epic to satire and romance), literary authority, narrative construction, and medieval aesthetics.OptionalShakespeare I 2026-27ENL3074MLevel 62026-27This module provides an opportunity for students to study the works of Shakespeare in detail. The dissemination, influence, and adaptation of Shakespeare is unrivalled, and without an understanding of the conventions that the works dissolved and those that they initiated, a full appreciation of the canon of English literature is inevitably lessened. This modules challenges Shakespeare’s status as an icon of tradition and elitism by reading the texts in the light of recent developments in critical theory, and by locating them in the culture of their age. Students will be invited to examine the ways in which different theoretical approaches might have a bearing upon the interpretation of Shakespeare, they will also be conversant with the religious climate of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, the conditions of performance and play-going in Shakespeare’s theatre, and the significant cultural and historical events of the period.OptionalShakespeare II 2026-27ENL3075MLevel 62026-27This module allows students to study the works of the Bard in detail, and to read them in the light of critical theory and literary history. Shakespeare’s plays are a cornerstone of the canon of English literature, but in wider culture they are often treated as inflexible repositories of ‘truth’ and ‘human nature’. This module will resist such approaches, and concentrate instead upon the ways in which the plays address the concerns of their day, as well as how they have been made to signify in other eras. Students can develop an understanding of how Shakespeare’s work dealt with early modern dramatic conventions, politics, and thought; how it addressed questions of history, religion, and race; and how it shaped the culture within which it was written. This module considers Shakespeare’s mature comedies, histories, and tragedies.OptionalSingle Author Study A 2026-27ENL3085MLevel 62026-27This module allows students to pursue an in-depth study of one author’s literary or dramatic works. The author of choice varies from year to year according to academics’ current research interests, but potential authors may include writers of fiction and/or poetry such as Angela Carter, Charlotte Bronte, Iain Banks, Thomas Pynchon, M.R.James, Jane Austen and Sylvia Plath; and dramatists such as Caryl Churchill, Thomas Middleton, Aphra Behn, Ben Johnson and debbie tucker green. Students will explore the writer’s oeuvre in terms of themes, style, and engagement with form and genre traditions, and with contemporary cultural debates. We also address practicalities of authorship such as the role of editors, publishing/performance formats, and different readerships/audiences. Students will also consider the writer’s legacies including the ‘afterlife’ of their works in adaptation. As well as studying texts, students will engage with conceptual debates about the role of the author : is attention to the author’s life an outmoded and over-deterministic approach to the study of a text? or a necessary part of contextualisation? As we scrutinise the figure of the author in biography, literary societies, literary tourism and popular culture, we ask : what purposes does the ‘author’ as a cultural construction serve ? and does this have anything to do with reading?OptionalSingle Author Study B 2026-27ENL3086MLevel 62026-27This module allows students to pursue an in-depth study of one author’s literary or dramatic works. The author of choice varies from year to year according to academics’ current research interests, but potential authors may include writers of fiction and/or poetry such as Angela Carter, Charlotte Bronte, Iain Banks, Thomas Pynchon, M.R.James, Jane Austen and Sylvia Plath; and dramatists such as Caryl Churchill, Thomas Middleton, Aphra Behn, Ben Johnson and debbie tucker green. Students will explore the writer’s oeuvre in terms of themes, style, and engagement with form and genre traditions, and with contemporary cultural debates. We also address practicalities of authorship such as the role of editors, publishing/performance formats, and different readerships/audiences. Students will also consider the writer’s legacies including the ‘afterlife’ of their works in adaptation. As well as studying texts, students will engage with conceptual debates about the role of the author : is attention to the author’s life an outmoded and over-deterministic approach to the study of a text? or a necessary part of contextualisation? As we scrutinise the figure of the author in biography, literary societies, literary tourism and popular culture, we ask : what purposes does the ‘author’ as a cultural construction serve ? and does this have anything to do with reading?OptionalThe Literature of Childhood 2026-27ENL3010MLevel 62026-27This module explores how childhood is constructed in a wide range of literary texts – texts by adults for adults, by adults for children, and by children themselves. Underpinning the module is the notion of ‘childhood’ as a cultural construct into which writers invest various, even contradictory, meanings. Students have the opportunity to explore texts by adults who idealise or demonise the child to suit their personal and philosophical agendas. Students may then analyse the mixture of didactic and therapeutic agendas in enduring genres of children’s literature such as the fairytale, adventure story and cautionary tale. Finally, we turn to children as authors in a study of juvenilia.OptionalThe Literature of Childhood 2026-27ENL3010MLevel 62026-27This module explores how childhood is constructed in a wide range of literary texts – texts by adults for adults, by adults for children, and by children themselves. Underpinning the module is the notion of ‘childhood’ as a cultural construct into which writers invest various, even contradictory, meanings. Students have the opportunity to explore texts by adults who idealise or demonise the child to suit their personal and philosophical agendas. Students may then analyse the mixture of didactic and therapeutic agendas in enduring genres of children’s literature such as the fairytale, adventure story and cautionary tale. Finally, we turn to children as authors in a study of juvenilia.OptionalTheatre For Young Audiences 2026-27DRA3053MLevel 62026-27What part does theatre play in the lives of children today? How do we make such theatre relevant, accessible, and alive in a world dominated by screen-based interaction? What is the most appropriate setting and subject matter to engage children in a theatrical experience? Students will form small groups and devise short performances designed to tour to Primary Schools in the City of Lincoln. The tour will usually play in a different Primary School every day for one working week, with audience sizes ranging from 80 - 300 children. The tour will replicate a professional touring model, accompanied by a dedicated Technician with a full complement of audio, visual and lighting equipment. The audience will usually comprise of 4 - 7 year old children, their teachers and teaching or learning assistants. Students will require DBS Checks to tour, and these will be provided by the Lincoln School of Creative Arts.OptionalTwenty-First Century British Fiction 2026-27ENL3079MLevel 62026-27This module aims to explore new thematic trends, stylistic innovations and cultural developments in post-millennial British fiction, including a focus on globalising processes, transnational migration and digital technology. The module also addresses the development (and rethinking of the concepts) of gender and class in literature of the period and account for the continuing importance of the literary form in an age of digital publishing.Optional

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. In addition to the information provided on this course page, our What You Need to Know page offers explanations on key topics including programme validation/revalidation, additional costs, contact hours, and our return to face-to-face teaching.

How you are assessed

Assessment methods on this course may vary for each module. For modules based in English, examples include coursework such as written assignments, reports, or dissertations; equally, there are practical assessments such as presentations, observations, and written exams. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year and from module to module. For modules based in drama, students will encounter a wide variety of assessment types, including but not limited to performances, essays, individual and group presentations, annotated performances, presentation of practice, portfolio, Viva Voce, structured rehearsal/workshop, and programme notes.

Extracurricular Activities

As a Joint Honours student you will be able to engage with an exciting range of extracurricular opportunities and academic/industry partners, including students from across the School of Creative Arts, professional artists and performers, our host partner venue Lincoln Arts Centre. You can also engage with esteemed external organisations such as In Good Company, the Midlands flagship project offering support and business development to artists and theatre makers. Additionally, external to the curriculum, students can apply to join the Lincoln Company, the company-in-residence at the Lincoln Arts Centre which each year works to produce and tour high-quality, original performances to venues and festivals around the UK.

Performance Opportunities

Joint honours students have the option to apply for The Lincoln Company, the School's professional company of emerging theatre, dance, and performance makers. As the company-in-residence at Lincoln Arts Centre, each year they work to produce and tour high-quality, original performance to venues and festivals around the UK including Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the world’s largest platform for the arts.

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Guest Speakers, Field Trips, Industry Links

You are able to engage with all opportunities offered by the respective degrees. Opportunities may include industry-linked trips each academic year, one in each semester, talks from guest speakers, workshops, and masterclasses, from theatre-makers and industry professionals.

Literary study at Lincoln is enhanced by talks from visiting speakers and contemporary writers. These have included: the previous Poet Laureate, Dame Carol Ann Duffy; the writer and cultural critic Will Self; TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham; and Andrew Graham-Dixon, a TV presenter, art historian, and Visiting Professor at the University.

Specialist Facilities

Students can work and perform in the Lincoln Arts Centre, a £6 million, 450-seat theatre on campus. The Centre hosts a year-round programme of performances from students and national touring companies. Facilities include industry-standard studio and rehearsal spaces. Students on this course receive event/performance credits which can be used against ticketed performances at the Lincoln Arts Centre.

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Study Abroad 

The growing reputation of the Lincoln School of Creative Arts facilitates partnerships with other international institutions. We have established two exciting ‘study abroad’ affiliations with the University of Ottawa in Canada and at Drury University in Missouri, USA. These partnerships enable up to eight students per year to participate in an exchange programme, where they will study for a term at one of these partner institutions.

These international exchange programmes can provide a fantastic opportunity for students to develop life skills, expand the breadth of their education, and enhance their employability upon graduation. Exchange students applying to study outside of Europe do not pay tuition fees at their host university, but continue to pay tuition fees at their home institution. Participants will usually be responsible for all other costs themselves including travel, accommodation, general living expenses, visas, insurance, vaccinations, and administrative fees at the host institution.

I made some incredible friends and created the most wonderful memories. I'm now an English teacher, passing on the knowledge Lincoln helped me acquire to my students! The University helped me to become a successful academic, and the people I met, both staff and students, shaped who I am today. The best three years of my life!


English staff at Lincoln are currently undertaking a diverse range of research that spans the medieval to the contemporary. There are particular strengths in nineteenth century studies (including ageing), twenty-first century literature, gothic literature, women’s writing, gender studies and American literature. Creative Writing staff are highly productive as authors of forms including fiction, poetry, graphic novel, and plays, and in genres including dystopian literature, fantasy, and crime fiction. English also hosts two vibrant and productive research groups, the 21st Century Research Group and The Nineteenth-Century Research Group.

Drama and Theatre research at Lincoln emphasises the development of contemporary playwriting and theatre-making in the UK and Europe; ethnographic and applied approaches engage with intercultural performance in a number of sites around the world; and practice-based approaches develop structures of knowledge through performance practices intersecting with political, experimental, and dramaturgical themes.

Meet the Students

Level 3 students, Sydney Vanderhoeven-Palmer from our Drama and English course and Caoimhe Shanahan-Peart from Drama and Theatre, share their experiences of studying, practice, and research, and tell us why they applied to Lincoln.

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What Can I Do with a Drama and English Degree?

Students can develop the skills and knowledge relevant to a variety of roles within the theatre industry, including actor, director, playwright, producer, stage manager, and technician. Graduates may pursue careers in related professions such as theatre making, directing, stage management, technical theatre, producing, marketing, and arts administration.

Graduates can also go on to careers in publishing, journalism, advertising, public relations, the civil service, and communications. Some choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level, while others undertake qualifications in teaching. 

Entry Requirements 2024-25

United Kingdom

104 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent qualifications.

International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma from a minimum of 2 Higher Level subjects.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit or equivalent.

T Level: Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points.

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

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and do accept a combination of qualifications which may include A Levels, BTECs, EPQ etc.

We will 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.


Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email

Contextual Offers

At Lincoln, we recognise that not everybody has had the same advice and support to help them get to higher education. Contextual offers are one of the ways we remove the barriers to higher education, ensuring that we have fair access for all students regardless of background and personal experiences. For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit our Offer Guide pages.

Take a look at one of our performances!

Check out our performance for our 'Devising & Making' module from our first years. This is just one of the exciting and diverse productions that our students create and perform.

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As part of the admissions process, applicants are required to attend an interview day with tutors from the Lincoln School of Creative Arts. The interview day consists of a short interview and taster workshops. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions, meet staff and students, and see our facilities.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. To help support students from outside of the UK, we are also delighted to offer a number of international scholarships which range from £1,000 up to the value of 50 per cent of tuition fees. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Course -Specific Additional Costs

We encourage students to see as much theatre and performance as they can, and we support students with a ticket allocation at the Lincoln Arts Centre. Each student will receive event/performance credits which can be used against ticketed performances.

For specific optional modules where a placement may be involved, students will be expected to fund travel costs to and from their individual placement, plus any accommodation, and general living costs.

Students who wish to join runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe are currently required to contribute £150 towards the cost of attending and are responsible for their travel and general living costs. Accommodation costs in Edinburgh are covered by the University.

Students on this course are expected to obtain their own copies of primary texts indicated for use and discussion in seminars (where available) and will be responsible for any additional costs incurred.

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