English, Drama & Film

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN530 BA Humanities
CAO Points Range 2018: 301
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 220

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
  • Performance in Everyday Life
  • Staging Performance
  • Contemporary Ireland on Stage
  • From Victorian to Modern
  • Twentieth Century Drama
  • History of Television
  • Hollywood Cinema.

For detailed information on subject content click here.

Third Year

Internship: Apply for an internship across a range of sectors from the arts and the public sector to business and the media. Get experience in an area that relates to your field of study and your desired career path.

Study abroad: Choose a semester abroad where you can study relevant modules at one of our 25 partner universities around the world.

Deepen your subject knowledge: Choose from a range of English, Drama and Film modules, including:  Staging Animation, Shakespeare in Context, Documentary Film.

Fourth Year

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

You will complete an extended research project/dissertation in your chosen specialised area.

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 thoroughly enjoyed my time studying in the School of English, Drama and Film. What has struck me most about the combination of these subjects is the fact that the skills acquired in one subject can be applied to the other. There is also a great correlation between the material covered in the subjects. Overall, this is a fantastic degree as it furthers a student’s understanding of how to structure an academic essay on either written or audio-visual texts and also exposes students to historic, cultural and social contexts which they may be unfamiliar with prior to their college career.”

Ruairi Costello, English and Film Studies Student

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