This exciting and diverse degree allows you to explore the full range of literature in English while studying theatre in workshop conditions. You'll have the chance to study poetry, prose and drama across cultures and historical periods, as well as combining practical exploration and critical understanding of theatre.
You'll build your knowledge base and gain the skills you need to succeed in core modules, where you'll study poetry, prose and drama in their historical, social and political contexts and consider the role theatre can play in society.
From there you can also specialise in topics that interest you, when you choose from an impressive variety of optional modules. You could study Shakespeare and Sheridan alongside surrealism in French theatre and contemporary theatre practice, or you could study literature from Old English to contemporary and postcolonial narratives. You'll explore some of humanity's most powerful forms of cultural expression.
Leeds has fantastic facilities for literature and theatre students. The world-class Brotherton Library has an array of archive, manuscript and early printed material in its Special Collections, alongside other extensive library resources. All of this will be valuable for your independent research, and the University Library offers training programmes to help you make the most of our resources.
The University also has four performance and rehearsal spaces, fully equipped with lighting and sound, which are used for teaching and group work on theatre studies modules as well as performances.
In your first year you'll study core modules introducing you to different aspects of literary and theatre studies, including poetry, drama, prose, literary theory and criticism as well as approaches to exploring contemporary theatre practice. This will allow you to develop your skills in analysing text and performance.
Once you have this base of knowledge and skills, you'll develop them in your second year. Core modules will encourage you to think about the historical context of dramatic texts and how theatre can convey social and political agendas. At the same time, you'll choose from core modules focusing on literature in different historical periods and select optional modules from the wide range on offer.
You'll choose from further core modules focusing on different historical periods in your final year, as well as an even broader range of optional modules. However, you'll also undertake The Practical Essay, a core module which allows you to become a critical theatre practitioner and work on creating a short piece of theatre.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAA-AAB including A in English (Literature, Language, or Language and Literature) and excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking.
A degree in English Literature and Theatre Studies equips you with a wide range of skills on top of your subject knowledge.
You'll be an excellent communicator - confident speaking in public and able to present your views clearly, whether verbally or in writing. You'll be comfortable working independently or in a team. You'll also have good research skills, and be able to analyse complex information from numerous sources.
Graduates have pursued a wide range of careers. In addition to the theatre, they've pursued education, journalism, law, the creative industries, publishing, radio and television, the civil service, administration, business and finance, advertising and marketing, management, social welfare, management consultancy and charity work. Many also go on to postgraduate study.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.