BA Joint Honours Drama and English (UCAS Code: WQ43)
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BA Joint Requirements
For BA Joint Honours the requirements are stated separately under each programme.
There are no specific subject requirements. However, students should have an interest in issues of performance, and be prepared to participate in practical theatre classes.
For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here
If you are an international student and you do not meet the English Language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will develop the language skills you need to progress. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses. For a full list click here
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Queen's Drama boasts exceptional links to the professional theatre industry, a truly international range of reference, and a strong specialism in Irish Theatre. Our undergraduate degree programme combines history, theory and practice in an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to discover why and how theatre works.Back to top
Queen's is not a vocational drama institution, but practice is a key element of our programme.
Beginning at Level 1, workshops and performances enable students to draw upon their reading of literary, cultural, historical and sociological studies to inform their practical understanding of performance. All students participate in a performance showcase in the Brian Friel Theatre at the end of the year.
Levels 2 and 3
At Level 2, students enrolled on Single pathways have the opportunity to undertake a variety of roles in a professionally directed production, before embarking on their own independent projects at Level 3.
In the past, students have designed sets, costume and lighting, directed and acted in a variety of projects ranging from classical theatre to contemporary work of all types, and have performed in our theatre, outdoors and in site-specific contexts.
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At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.
On the Drama and English degree programme we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
Assessment (general): The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction.
Feedback (general): As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.Back to top
Studying for a Drama and English degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline. Many students also apply the skills they develop through the degree entrepreneurially to create their own work opportunities and the University runs a number of extra-curricular programmes in entrepreneurship.
The following is a list of the major career sectors that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, the Lyric Theatre, Tinderbox Theatre and BBC Northern Ireland who provide sponsorship for the English course in Broadcast Literacy (currently offered at postgraduate level but soon to be offered at undergraduate level also).
Graduate Careers and Achievements
Many of our former graduates have risen to the top of their fields and include many famous figures; for example:
You should also take a look at the Prospects website for further information concerning the types of jobs that attract Drama and English graduates.
Further study is also an option open to our graduates. Students can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plusinitiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plus in particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.Back to top
Facilities: our main teaching space, the Brian Friel Theatre, is a fully-equipped, 120-seat studio theatre, boasting a rehearsal room, dressing rooms, green room and workshop.
Performance Opportunities: extra-curricular performance opportunities are offered by the Tyrone Guthrie Society and the student drama society, which have taken productions to student festivals in Ireland and the UK. Productions have also been taken to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and to festivals in Belgium and Italy.Back to top