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We offer a range of thematic programmes to enable students to select to study exclusively in the School of English and Drama. Classes within the thematic programmes complement one another and these thematic programmes have been carefully crafted for students who wish to immerse themselves in a specific area of study, taught by experts in the field. 



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English Suites

Shakespeare in the World: Then and Now 

London in Shakespeare's time was, then as now, a global city. Study the period and the work of William Shakespeare in the city where he made his name; learn about how his plays have been received and interpreted around the world; and immerse yourself in them on the page and on the stage.  

  • ESH267 Renaissance Literary Culture 
  • ESH366 Shakespeare: The Play, The Word, The Book 
  • ESH5001 Global Shakespeare 
  • Free choice (1 x 15 credit module) 


London and the World 

London has long been a crossroads — and home to multiple worlds. Walk the city and learn about its history as a space of literary and artistic encounters, while engaging with its representation on the page, on stage, and in museum and gallery spaces. 

  • ESH279 Victorian Fictions 
  • ESH249 Art Histories: An Introduction to the Visual Arts in London 
  • ESH295 London: Walking the City 
  • Free choice (1 x 15 credit module) 


Writing in the Twentieth Century

Programme Full 

How did writers and artists, in Britain and the US, respond to the events of the twentieth century in radical new ways? Study the literary and artistic experiments of Modernism while exploring the global city where it took shape; and learn how writers of the 1960s, on both sides of the Atlantic, harnessed the power of writing to effect social and political change. 

  • ESH213 Modernism 
  • ESH6030 British Fiction of the 1960s 
  • ESH271 James Baldwin and American Civil Rights 
  • Free choice  


Drama Suites

The London Scene  

Immerse yourself in performance in London, a global capital of performance culture, where theatre, carnival, art, intervention and protest are central to understanding the vital scene of historical and contemporary London life. Be introduced to vibrant work, performance practices and their histories and create your own performance work with expert practitioners in London's leading Drama department on the following modules. 

For students with practical experience we offer the following suites: 

Semester 1 

  • DRA220 Making Contemporary Theatre (30 credits, practice-based 


  • DRA245 Action Design (30 credits, practice-based) 
  • DRA333 Offstage London (15 credits, seminar-based)
  • Free choice (15 credits) 

Semester 2 

  • DRA323 Madness and Theatricality (30 credits, practice-based) 
  • DRA316 Shakespeare after Shakespeare (15 credits, seminar-based) 
  • Free choice (15 credits) 


Introduction to The London Scene 

For students new to drama but eager to make the most of a study abroad opportunity in London to explore its world famous theatre scene, we offer the following introductory suites. These suites afford greater flexibility where students need to fulfil study requirements in other subjects whilst guaranteeing students a place on these popular and frequently oversubscribed modules. Note that these modules additionally fulfil broad requirements for “history” and “communication”. 

Semester 1 

  • DRA114 London/Culture/Performance 
  • DRA261 London Performance Now (Cost of theatre tickets not included- max £100) 
  • Free choice (2 x 15 credit or 1 x 30 Credit module excluding Level 6 Drama) 

Semester 2 

  • DRA122 Spectatorship: Time, Place, Performance 
  • DRA261 London Performance Now (Cost of theatre tickets not included- max £100) 
  • Free choice (2 x 15 credit or 1 x 30 Credit module excluding Level 6 Drama)