English and Theatre degreePhotography CompetitionBA English and Theatre Sheffield

BA (honours) in English & Theatre

A Levels: AAB
UCAS Code: QW34

This Single Honours programme allows students to study both literature and theatrical performance. Two core modules are taken each semester, one in literature and the other in practice-based theatre, plus a third approved (optional) module chosen from either field.

Theatre at Sheffield is based on the integration of theory and practice through courses undertaken in our excellent studio and workshop spaces. Students are assessed on both their practical contribution, and their ability to contextualise and to reflect on practice using, where appropriate, analytical, theoretical and historical approaches.

Although this is a Single Honours programme, rather than one that specifically seeks to offer professional training, the rich cultural context and teaching methods provide opportunities for developing a broad range of professional skills linked to the theatre industry.

Applications and Further Details

All admissions enquiries should be directed to the English reception, on english.admissions@sheffield.ac.uk.

All general enquiries should be directed to Sidsel Hornby, our English and Theatre secretary (s.hornby@sheffield.ac.uk).

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To apply for our BA in English and Theatre please follow the link to the University Prospectus page.

Undergraduate prospectus 2018

Year 1

This is a list of the modules being offered to first year students on the BA in English and Theatre, with links to detailed descriptions of what you study on these modules. All modules are worth 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is current and relevant. Individual modules may be updated or withdrawn in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, curriculum review, staff availability, and variations in student numbers. In the event of a material change the University will inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

For a short video on how your course will be structured, please visit the English and Theatre First Year Structure video page.

Autumn semester 

Spring semester

Year 2

In your second year, you will take the following core modules:

  • Theatre Practice: Performance I (Screencast)
    This module focuses on texts in their history. Students will study representative examples of a genre, for example, Tragedy, or a given period or form, for example Naturalism or Jacobean drama. Students will work individually and as members of a group to explore the texts through practice, drawing on relevant historical, cultural and political sources. Students may also explore the material from the perspective of performers, designers, directors, technicians and others, analysing the specific challenges raised by the material, and considering ways of approaching through a process designed to create performance.
  • Theatre Practice: Performance II (Screencast)
    This module compliments and contrasts with Theatre Practice I by focusing on contemporary and experimental theatre forms. Under staff direction and supervision, students will work practically as members of an ensemble, and contribute creatively and imaginatively in designated roles to one or more aspects of workshopping, rehearsing, and creating a performance based on a given text or other creative material.

For your English modules, you will be asked to choose two from the four core Literature modules:

For your remaining 40 credits, you will take at least 20 credits within the School of English. Here is a list of some of the modules currently being offered in English Literature for second years. Please note that we do regularly update our programmes, so the list of optional modules will vary year on year.

For further information on current available modules, please visit our Level two modules page.

Year 3

In your third year, you will take the following core modules:

  • Theatre Practice: Research Project
    In this module students will participate in a staff-led practical research project. Projects will reflect staff interests, and may include applied theatre, site specific performance, contemporary avant garde forms, community theatre, theatre in education, physical theatre, and so on. Students will be expected to participate in both practical work on a given form, and to experiment with possible ways of recording, analysing and reflecting on their practice.
  • Theatre Practice: Performance Essay (Screencast)
    The Performance Essay will offer students the opportunity to work independently in an area of theatre which they find interesting and stimulating. The project will focus on a clearly defined research question, which will be explored through practical work, drawing on the range of practical knowledge and skills developed through the course. The Performance Essay represents the theatre equivalent of the literature dissertation.

For your English modules, you will be asked to choose two from the four core Literature modules:

The Performance Essay will offer students the opportunity to work independently in an area of theatre which they find interesting and stimulating. The project will focus on a clearly defined research question, which will be explored through practical work, drawing on the range of practical knowledge and skills developed through the course. The Performance Essay represents the theatre equivalent of the literature dissertation.

For further information on current available modules, please visit our Level three modules page.

Theatre Workshop

The School of English has a dedicated space for all your Theatre needs, for more information about the Theatre Workshop please visit the "Theatre Workshop" page.

Assessment Methods

We use a wide variety of assessment methods for our modules. These may include individual and/or group performance projects, presentations, essays, etc. 

Our Staff

The course is run by an active team of teachers, practitioners and researchers from the School who have strong professional relationships with national and international theatre companies.

Click here for a list of staff and their teaching and research interests.

A Sheffield degree is a preparation for life and the world of work

Helen Monks graduated from the School of English at the University of Sheffield in 2014. Since then she has worked as an actor, starring in Channel 4 sitcom Raised By Wolves written by Caitlin and Caroline Moran. Hear what advice she has for current students.