Students undertaking Drama and English at Queen's explore theatre, performance, literature and language in the widest possible sense; from ancient Greece to Renaissance England, to the Irish Literary Revival and on to Postmodern America; from the earliest writings in Anglo-Saxon to contemporary Irish, British, and 'global' literatures.
Drama and English Degree highlights
Drama Studies at Queen's builds on the remarkable heritage of Drama in Northern Ireland, as represented by its internationally acclaimed playwrights.
- Drama at Queen's offers a range of Study Abroad opportunities, from the Erasmus programme with a range of European partners, to the chance to study at a number of partner institutions in the United States.
- Students have the opportunity to undertake a work placement in Year 3. This is a significant learning and employability enhancement opportunity. Drama at Queen's collaborates with leading arts organisations and theatre companies, such as the Belfast Festival, The Linen Hall Library, The Lyric Theatre, Prime Cut Productions, Tinderbox Theatre Company, Kabosh, and Ransom Productions, all of whom have helped us develop a vital professional practice dimension as part of our overall provision.
World Class Facilities
- Our main teaching space, the Brian Friel Theatre (www.brianfrieltheatre.co.uk), is one of the best-equipped theatres in Belfast with a 120-seat studio theatre, rehearsal room, dressing rooms, green room and workshop, housed in the Drama and Film Centre which also comprises the Queen's Film Theatre.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Professor Richard Schoch is a leading scholar of Shakespeare with a long-standing research collaboration with the Folger Library. Richard has won various awards including the 2013 Oscar Brockett Essay Prize from the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) and his books have been shortlisted for the Barnard Hewitt Award (ASTR) and the Theatre Book Prize (Society for Theatre Research, UK).
- From Personal Tutors to peer mentoring, we work closely with students to ensure they are supported at every stage of their degree.
- Extracurricular 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.
Micheal McCann (Stage Two)
Studying for a degree in Drama and English at Queen's will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic
Employment after the Course
Graduates of Drama at Queen's have gone on to work in professional theatre locally in Northern Ireland and throughout Great Britain and across the world, for example on the production of the recent JK Rowling play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London. Our graduates have also worked on a number of film and TV productions including Game of Thrones.
Graduates from this degree have the proven ability to analyse subjects in depth and develop coherent arguments
in written and verbal form, as well as linguistic fluency and experience of living and working abroad, all of which are highly sought after skills in a global job market. In a context where over half of all graduate
jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, we have found that employers of all kinds wish to employ English and French graduates. Although many of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers
in teaching, business, the civil service, translating/interpreting or advertising, significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors.
A list of the major career sectors (and some starting salaries) that have attracted our graduates in recent years is shown above:
• Voluntary sector/charities £15,000-£18,000
• Public Relations £20,000
• Banking £28 000
• Export Marketing £15 000-£25 000
• Publishing, Media and Performing Arts
• Teaching £21,500
• Fast Stream Civil Service £25,000
• Theatre production £16,000-£50,000+
• TV production £16,000-£100,000+
• Film production £16,000-£100,000+
• Varied graduate programmes (Times Top 100 Graduate Recruiters/AGR, Association of Graduate Recruiters UK)
Many of our former graduates have risen to the top of their fields and include many famous figures; for example, in Drama:
• Peter Coulter, award winning journalist, BBC
• Des Kennedy, acclaimed director, notable recent work includes assistant director on JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre London, 2016
• Lisa Magee, acclaimed writer for stage and screen, won the Stewart Parker and Blackburn awards for Girls and Dolls (2006)
• Kerri Quinn, acclaimed actress, notable for her lead role in Educating Rita, Lyric Theatre, Belfast, 2015
• James Rae, technical specialist, HBO, Game of Thrones
And in English:
• Seamus Heaney, Nobel prize-winning poet
• Paul Muldoon, academic and poet
• Stephen Rea, actor
• Helen Madden, writer and actor
• Annie Kelly, journalist and writer
• Annie Mac, radio presenter
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.