Drama and English Language BA(Hons) 2017-18

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About the course

Our course offers you the opportunity to study a contemporary drama curriculum with great breadth and depth, alongside English Language.

The wide range of production activity means you can constantly be involved in staff and student-led performances. You'll also have the opportunity to work with internationally renowned theatre companies, which in recent years have included Slung Low, IOU Productions and Northern Broadsides, and practitioners such as Professor Sir Patrick Stewart, John Britton, Andrew Morrish and Nicolás Núñez who have previously visited the department.

We are focused on helping you to develop your own individual creativity and to understand how to use that to produce intelligent, thoughtful and innovative work. If you have a set of principles and approaches to work that you believe in and understand, then we'll support you in using these through your creative development, both practically and intellectually. Our innovative approach is to let you develop as you need to, to fulfil your own potential.

In the National Student Satisfaction Survey 2016, Drama scored 93% for overall student satisfaction and English scored 92%, ranking us the best in Yorkshire.

The English Language component of the course is structured in a way that enables you to acquire a broad and balanced understanding of the study of English language and linguistics, developing a range of subject specific and transferable skills.

Your English Language module tutors are published authors and recognised as leading researchers in their fields of expertise. 86.9% of their work submitted for the last Research Assessment Exercise was rated either ‘world leading' or ‘internationally significant'.

See what current Drama student Flo has to say about her course.

Here's what current English Language student Elliott has to say about his course.

Course scholarships available – up to £3000. More details.

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years full time
4 years inc. placement year

Course type:

Full Time inc. placement year

Course content

You'll have the opportunity to be fully involved in theatre production throughout the course, in a stimulating culture of hard work, creativity, collaboration, investigation and exploration. In English you'll be supported in developing your analytical abilities and creative and interpretative skills, using a range of literary or linguistic approaches to texts and interaction.

Year 1


Option modules:

Choose two from a list which may include-

Models and Theories of Performance Practice 1B

This weekly workshop/lecture/seminar introduces you to a range of historical performance practices from the late-Victorian period to the present. The seminars are designed to encourage you to probe and debate the issues raised with reference to texts taken from a range of cultures and periods. Each week you will be asked to examine theatrical play texts and performances in historical context using theories of performance. You will have the opportunity to gain insight into how conceptions of character and plot converge and/or diverge over time and explore how social, political, and artistic ideas have affected theatre over time. The assessment of this module is based entirely on coursework consisting of written and presentational assignments.

Text into Performance

You’ll have the opportunity to explore the ways in which a play script can form the basis for a live theatre production through working together as a company to stage a short text. Questions of character, structure, meaning and dramaturgy can be explored through the challenge of staging the work. Assessment takes the form of the practical project and a written report or portfolio.

English Language

Core module:

Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics

This module introduces you to the structure of language as a system. You'll be able to explore the basics of linguistic description, using mostly, but not only, the English language to illustrate. The module focuses on the fundamental linguistic concept of ‘levels’ of language, starting from the smallest (sounds) and building up to sentence structure. Emphasis is on the development of practical skills in analysing language structure. This module will be assessed by a mixture of coursework assessments and formal examinations.

Option modules: Choose two from a list which may include-

Approaches to Language Study

This module introduces you to a number of theoretical, analytical and methodological advances that have had a significant impact on the development of linguistics as a discipline. You will be introduced to principal ideas in linguistics and practical issues in carrying out research into language. The module thus acts as a precursor to many of the issues that will be explored in greater detail in years 2 and 3 of the course, and is designed to enthuse you about the value of studying language.

History of English

This module introduces you to the history of the English language from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. You'll have the opportunity to focus on how English has developed historically, from its earliest origins in the Old English period, through its development into Middle English and then Early Modern English, to its present-day status as a global language. The key theme of the module is how English varies over time, and you'll be encouraged to examine how intra- and extra-linguistic factors have caused this.

Introduction to Contrastive Linguistics

This module will give you an introduction to contrasting English with another language of your choice, for the purpose of learning more about language structure in general. You'll be asked to compare the given languages at the pragmatic, lexical, semantic, morpho-syntactic and phonological levels. The close examination of difference and universality aims to give you a foundation in key aspects of cross-linguistic study, and skills which are transferrable to language learning, teaching and translation.

Introduction to Stylistics

This module introduces you to the linguistic analysis of literary and other texts. The focus is on describing and explaining the relationship between linguistic choices and poetic effects in the three major literary genres of poetry, drama and prose fiction. In the lectures you are introduced to a range of analytical tools for describing and explaining meaning and effect, and in seminars you are given the opportunity to test out your understanding by applying these tools to the analysis of a number of extracts from literary texts. The emphasis throughout the course is on you developing practical analytical skills.

Year 2


Option modules:

Choose up to three from a list which may include-

Theatre and Performance Making

You’ll be asked to choose from a range of production projects, each offering the opportunity to specialise in a different aspect of theatre, drama or performance. Each project will culminate in a live public production or equivalent event; for example, a performance of an existing playtext, or a devised physical theatre piece or a series of theatre-in-education workshops delivered in schools. Assessment takes the form of the practical project and a written report or portfolio.

Models and Theories of Performance Practice 2a

This module focuses on the analytical study of contemporary performance practices. Through a series of workshops, lectures and seminars, you will be encouraged to use particular critical concepts to analyse and critique the work of a range of innovative theatre practitioners, including companies, directors, writers and performers. The assessment of this module is based entirely on coursework consisting of written and presentational assignments. Practitioners previously studied include Marina Abramović Forced Entertainment, Nicola Canavan, Ariane Mnouchkine, Tim Crouch, IOU Theatre, Mojisola Adebayo, Orlan, Split Britches, Augusto Boal and the Wooster Group.

Models and Theories of Performance Practice 2b

This module concentrates on the uses of theatre. You will have the opportunity to explore new practical and theoretical material including a range of Applied Theatre practice and ideology, introduced through lecture-workshops. You’ll then be encouraged to go on to develop researched case studies of contemporary practitioners and practices, concentrating on the uses of Drama, Theatre and Performance. You are encouraged to develop knowledge of practitioners and practices that sit outside of mainstream theatre and performance culture. The assessment of this module is based entirely on coursework consisting of written and presentational assignments.

Specialist Practice

You’ll be asked to choose to undertake a training project in one of a range of theatre skill areas, such as directing, performing, writing for performance, technical theatre, or workshop facilitation. A programme of training will help to prepare you to undertake an independent project which demonstrates your skills and understandings. The assessment of this module is based entirely on a skills presentation and a practical project.

English Language

Core modules:


This module focuses on how the kind of language we use can vary according to such factors as our geographical or social background, the formality or informality of the speech situation and the purpose of the speech event. You'll have the opportunity to consider how the identity of speakers is represented by the way in which they use language. In addition, you'll have the chance to examine the roles that different languages play in different societies, with an emphasis on English in the 21st Century.

Language in the Workplace

This module provides you with the opportunity to undertake a work placement or a work-related activity within a language and/or intercultural context. You’ll be asked to present work for assessment in the form of documentation associated with the placement or activity, a written log evaluation of the process, experience and outcomes, and an oral presentation on related issues and career planning.

Option modules: Choose one from a list which may include-

Communication across Cultures

Communication across Cultures provides introduction to culture-specific interactional norms, by comparing linguistic behaviour in a range of target cultures. This module puts strong emphasis on cross-cultural rather than intercultural issues, giving you a wide comparative overview of interactional norms across cultures, with the aim of boosting your practical competence in interpreting cross-cultural differences in terms of language behaviour.

Conversation Analysis

This module focuses on informal conversation. Fundamental features of this variety will be explored, including the turn-taking system, turn construction units, storytelling, overlap, repair and preference. Discussion will include consideration of approaches to the study of language, and the relationship between language and society as a result of studying conversation analytic findings.


This module focuses on the linguistic analysis of style in language. It aims to improve your skills in text analysis through the introduction of a range of cutting-edge theories, frameworks and methods for literary and non-literary stylistic analysis. You'll have the opportunity to explore the relationship between form and function in language by analysing a wide range of texts and investigating such issues as text style, genre style and authorial style.

Corpus Linguistics

Corpus linguistics focuses on the techniques of computational corpus-based language study. The module concentrates on the analysis of electronic linguistic corpora using corpus linguistics software packages such as AntConc and WMatrix. Corpus linguistics methodologies are used to illuminate such areas of linguistics as grammar, lexicography and stylistics. Additionally, you'll have the chance to examine how to build, store and exploit your own corpora for linguistic analysis.


After considering the scope of pragmatics (language use) and its place in the study of language and communication, this module covers its major conceptual foundations (speech act theory, deixis, presupposition, implicature, relevance theory, context) and then proceeds to introduce its major developments and applications (the pragmatic perspective on conversational structure; interpersonal pragmatics, intercultural pragmatics; discursive pragmatics; metapragmatics.)

Field Linguistics

This module introduces you to the history and practice of field linguistics and helps you to acquire the skills needed for successful description of unfamiliar languages. Imagine you are the first literate person to contact an isolated village of speakers of a previously undiscovered language. Your group will have the opportunity to work with one speaker of a language unknown to you, to discover some of the regularities of sounds and structures that make up this language.

Phonetics and Phonology

This module develops your skills in the phonetic and phonological approach to language analysis. It will build upon your knowledge from Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics, while introducing new levels of phonetic and phonological analysis. This module will cover the basics of acoustic analysis of speech, commonly used phonological notation, and the position of phonology within linguistics. You will be introduced to a new piece of software to conduct acoustic analysis of speech and also be provided the tools to analyse and describe sound alternations in different languages.


The aim of this module is to develop the tools of syntactic analysis and description that you began to acquire in 'Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics'. You will be introduced to a more formal syntactic framework, specifically Minimalist Generative Syntax, which will be contrasted with other generative and non-generative approaches. You will be introduced to the theoretical motivations behind Minimalism and apply the theoretical apparatus to solve syntactic problems. This will provide a more nuanced understanding of the grammatical features of language, how languages differ and how grammatical relationships are realised.

Year 3


Core module:

Critical Context: Perspectives on Contemporary Drama, Theatre and Performance

This is a lecture and seminar series which presents you with a range of critical perspectives on examples of contemporary drama, theatre and performance. You’ll be encouraged to develop research in two areas of interest and assessment is based on coursework.

Option modules:

Choose one from a list which may include-

Process and Performance Project

The aim of this module is to allow you to engage in depth with a single staff directed process and performance. You will be expected to feed into your work the most relevant areas of skill and knowledge which you have gained elsewhere on your course. In preparing and rehearsing for one or more performances, you will be expected to practise, to extend, to contextualise and to develop the physical, creative, intellectual and practical skills necessary. Assessment takes the form of an individual contribution to a final performance event or other presentation and an individual portfolio.

Practice Analysis: Final Year Project

The Final Year Project is an opportunity to demonstrate practical skills in a significant theatre or performance role. Building on skills developed through earlier study, you will be able to negotiate a practical project that may focus on performing, directing, applied theatre practice, writing or technical and production skills. With input from a supervisor, you will then be asked to work largely independently to deliver the agreed project. Many of the practical projects appear in the Department’s annual Festival. Research and critical reflection on the practice is also developed in the module, which is assessed through a creative practical presentation and a written portfolio.

Critical Context: Dissertation

In this module, you’ll be asked to carry out an extended piece of independent research, and write a 7,000 word thesis. In keeping with traditional academic practice, you’ll then be asked to defend the thesis in an oral examination. The thesis and oral form the assessment for this module.

English Language

Option modules:

Choose up to three from a list which may include-

Dissertation In English Language and Linguistics

You'll be asked to produce an extended piece of work supervised individually by a member of staff. There will be a regular schedule of supervisions and you'll be asked to submit evidence of your progress (outlines, drafts, etc.) at regular intervals. The skills workshops will focus on raising your awareness of research practices, and developing your organisational and self-management skills.

Relations Across Cultures

The module studies a wide range of interpersonal pragmatic practices, focusing on how relationships are co-constructed in interaction. Instead of approaching interpersonal relations as stand-alone phenomena, the module provides an analytic view to encourage you to capture these practices in a single framework, by approaching them as social actions situated in time and space.

Translation in Practice

This module introduces you to the translation theory and provides the instruction and setting for translation practice. You'll have the opportunity to explore translation history and the emergence of translation studies, the current problems and issues in the field. You'll be supported to apply these theoretical concepts to texts, evaluating the difficulties and problems faced in the translation process. You'll be encouraged to examine the tools to overcome difficulties and the vocabulary to describe and criticise translations. You'll also have the chance to explore the practicalities of the translation business, from seeking work to using technologies available.

Audiovisual Translation

This module allows you to explore current issues and practices in a number of aspects of audiovisual translation (AVT), including subtitling, audio description and dubbing for TV and film drama. The module aims to develop your understanding of the effects of decisions made in the process of audiovisual translation, and to use linguistic insights to improve professional practice in this area. You'll have the opportunity to explore both the theoretical and practical aspects of audiovisual translation and gain knowledge of the industry.

Language of Humour

This module focuses on how the kind of language we use can vary according to such factors as the geographical or social background of the speaker, the formality or informality of the speech situation and the purpose of the speech event. In addition, you'll have the opportunity to consider how the identity of speakers is represented by the way in which they use language, and how speakers interact with others in order to achieve particular conversational goals.


This module explores bilingualism and multilingualism, describing the phenomena and learning how they are acquired, practised and lost in speakers. You'll have the chance to explore the social contexts surrounding multilingualism, such as education and community, as well as social attitudes towards multilingualism.

Language and Power

You'll have the opportunity to explore issues relating to language and power and how to apply the techniques of critical linguistics to example texts ranging from casual conversation to political speechmaking. Techniques you’ll have the chance to study include the analysis of naming, transitivity, modality, speech and thought representation, presupposition, opposition, negation and deixis. You'll also be encouraged to read and discuss extracts of the seminal work in this field.

Child Language Acquisition

This module provides an introduction into the way in which children acquire language. Along with overviewing some general issues such as the acquisition of vocabulary and grammar, the module explores the procedure of acquiring social skills through language learning. This ‘socialisation’ process spans expression of one’s emotions via language, through the proper use of conventional language, to distinguishing between the norm of language use in group and individual settings. The module aims to train you to collect and critically analyse language data produced by children.

Face and Politeness

This module is about how people get on – or don’t get on – with each other. It explores why people say the things they say and do the things they do, the effects of these actions on their feelings and sense of self, and how they evaluate what people say and do as polite or rude, friendly or unfriendly, acceptable or unacceptable.

Forensic Phonetics and Forensic Linguistics

This module provides an introduction to forensics as it is applied to both speech (Forensic Phonetics) and text (Forensic Linguistics). On this module you will learn about the roles speech and text play as evidence in the courtroom as well as for criminal investigations. You will be introduced to a range of topics from both forensic phonetics and forensic linguistics that will enable you to situate the use of language in the real world and to analyse speech and written language from a forensic perspective. The topics introduced through this module will be supported by lectures and hands-on lab work.

At any year of study, one module outside the named degree programme, but offered within the School of Music, Humanities and Media, may be taken as an alternative to any of the option modules listed above where feasible and subject to timetabling restrictions and the approval of your Course Leader.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


Each year our first year students work with a professional theatre company which develops a project exclusively with our students for a three week residency at the University, culminating in a performance on the University campus.

As part of the compulsory second year ‘Language in the Workplace' module you will also have the chance to gain valuable experience spending 6 weeks in a work placement or work related activity. The module shows you how the language skills you aim to develop through your course can be applied to communication in the workplace. Some of our students have gained real-world experience in various teaching environments, in publishing houses and in marketing roles. Previous placement providers have included Pen and Sword Books, Oldham Evening Chronicle, Lotherton Hall, Rochdale Law Centre and a range of primary and secondary schools.

The ERASMUS+ exchange is a great opportunity to study abroad for part of your degree and boost your confidence. You can spend a term at one of our partner universities where you join in classes and receive credits towards your degree at the same time. We have partnerships with universities in Athens, Ghent, Granada, Hanover, Paris and the USA.

Career opportunities

92-95% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Drama graduates have gone on to work in the performing arts, in television, touring theatre, and running their own performance companies. English graduates have gone on to work in fields such as publishing, broadcasting, teaching, writing, advertising, management, politics and local government. A selection of companies that have employed Huddersfield graduates in recent years include BBC drama productions, ITV, Channel 4, BBC 6 Music, Royal National Theatre, The Old Vic, Lawrence Batley Theatre and Point Blank Theatre Company*.

*Source: Linked In

Teaching and assessment

20.3% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc. You'll experience practical workshops and performance projects, lectures and seminars and one to one tutorials with specialist staff. The assessment of this course is based on both written and practical work including essays, examinations, research based projects, practical presentations, creative performances, portfolio's, reflective reports, case study's, group work and a dissertation.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (either written and/or verbal) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.


Our drama facilities in Huddersfield are centred around a large, architecturally spectacular, converted Victorian church. The building contains three performance studios, seminar and rehearsal rooms and a dedicated workshop for set and prop building and design. These contemporary facilities are supported by experienced technical staff, with in-depth knowledge of 3D design, video, sound editing, computerised lighting and sound equipment. Studio One hosts work by contemporary performance and theatre companies as well as by our own students.

From January 2017, English Language modules will be taught in our new Oastler Building, a new £27.5m investment that will provide state-of-the-art teaching facilities for our students. It will include: experimental laboratory, linguistics laboratory and language laboratories equipped with international multimedia viewing and recording facilities.

The Language Research Centre will be integrated with four high quality sound booths with two way glass finish for students to carry out audio and video recordings, interpreting, video conferencing, aural and data analysis work. All flexible teaching spaces have small breakout spaces for group work, and incorporate integrated satellite language viewing areas within specialised language labs and social spaces.

The new forensic laboratory features ultrasound technology facilities with automatic speaker recognition software specifically designed for phoneticians to carry out forensic speaker comparisons.

In the University Library, you'll find English subject specialists to help you find and use source materials. The library contains modern IT facilities with 24-hour access, our rapidly-expanding collection of linguistics and literature materials and comfortable spaces for you to work alone or in small groups.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £9,250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Course scholarships available – up to £3000. More details.

If you decide to apply for a course that includes a work placement, a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check may be required to enable you to undertake that placement in settings with children (e.g. within a School). Should the organisation you are going to be working in require one to be undertaken, the School will support you to apply for a check. Please note that there is a charge for the DBS check which is approximately £44.

Further study

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies, there may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.

You may be interested in studying: Drama, Dance and Performance (MA by Research) Business English and Intercultural Communication MA English Language and Applied Linguistics MA English Language and Applied Linguistics MA(Distance Learning) Intercultural Communication MA Communication Cultural and Media Studies (MA by Research) English Language and Literature (MA by Research)


If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0)1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.5 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

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Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry

Drama research focuses on practical explorations and developing innovative ways of teaching and training. Our academic staff and postgraduate researchers conduct research around areas of actor training, psycho-physicality, ensemble, creativity and improvisation. Other areas of interest include performance magic, theatre and learning disability, new writing forms and contemporary political theatre. There are currently two research groups in Drama; the Centre for Psychophysical Performance Research and the Magic Research Group.

English is a thriving subject area with a strong research culture in language, linguistics, literature and creative writing that is internationally recognised and of a high collaborative standard. There are currently two research groups in English: the Centre for Intercultural Politeness Research and the Stylistics Research Centre. Current individual staff research projects also include: Grist: The Anthology of New Writing and The Anne Clifford Project.

For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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