English, Drama & Film

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN530
CAO Points Range 2019: 348
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 200

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognised subjects.

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Why is this course for me?

Study English, Drama and Film if you are interested in the relationships between literature, drama, film, and media cultures. Refine your critical engagement with a wide variety of texts and cultures, in different genres and media, and across different national and historical locations. Consider the role of cultural representation across a diverse range of genres, forms and time periods in shaping community and societal structures and beliefs. Explore how the study of English, Drama and Film intersects with questions of gender, race, and identity. Become a critical and creative thinker.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates of UCD School of English, Drama and Film have found employment as writers, dramatists, and filmmakers, and in areas such as journalism, broadcasting, cultural agencies and industries, research and administration, education, and advertising and public relations.

There is a wide range of MA Programmes available from UCD School of English, Drama and Film, as well as opportunities for MPhil and PhD study. MA programmes include:

  • Literature and Culture
  • Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama
  • Creative Writing
  • Theatre Practice
  • Drama and Performance Studies
  • Writing for Theatre
  • Film Studies.

See www.ucd.ie/englishdramafilm/study/ for more detail.

What Will I Study

You will study theories, histories, forms and genres of literature, drama, film and media culture from the medieval period to the contemporary moment. There is a wide range of modules available to you from across all three subject areas – English, Drama, and Film – allowing you to find and follow your own interests through the programme. In addition, there are dedicated transdisciplinary modules which focus specifically on the intersections between film, literature, drama, and media texts and cultures. You will develop your critical skills via a range of teaching modes (lecture, tutorial, seminar, research supervision), through collaborative and peer learning, and independent, self-directed scholarship.

First Year

  • Page, Stage, Screen 1 & 2
  • Literature in Context 1 & 2
  • Theatre Context and Conventions
  • The Theatrical Event
  • Perspectives on Media 1 & 2.

Second Year

  • Critical Theory
  • Reading Medieval Literature
  • Renaissance Literature
  • Romantic Literature
  • Action Adventure Cinema
  • Staging Performance
  • Contemporary Ireland on Stage
  • From Victorian to Modern
  • Twentieth Century Drama
  • History of Television.

For detailed information on subject content click here.

Third Year

  • Fin-de-Siècle
  • Making Shakespeare
  • Contemporary Historical Novel
  • Contemporary Theatre & Performance
  • Staging Texts
  • Animation
  • Medieval Celluloid
  • The Modern City in Literature
  • Performance in Everyday Life
  • Internship
  • Semester Abroad

Fourth Year

  • Monsters of the Market: Zombs, Vamps, and World Literature
  • Revolutions in Twentieth Century World Theatres
  • Alternative Cinemas
  • TV Genres
  • Dissertation

International Study Opportunities

We offer a number of Erasmus and Study abroad opportunities, including in:

  • Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Frieburg, Germany
  • Université Sorbonne (Paris IV), France
  • University of Turin, Italy
  • University of Verona, Italy
  • University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • University of Barcelona, Spain
  • University of British Columbia, Canada
  • University of Miami, USA
  • University of Otago, New Zealand.


“I have always been interested in the three subjects English, Drama, and Film and was thrilled when I discovered that UCD provides the opportunity to study them together. Being an interdisciplinary course, it shows how each of the three subjects influences the other ones while studying them thoroughly on their own as well. The course has given me a greater understanding of the correlation between the film, drama and media industries. I am excited about the modules and opportunities this course will offer me over the next three years.”

Raphael Adams, Student

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