BA Drama and English Literature / Careers

Year of entry: 2022

Career opportunities

Study Drama with us and you'll learn to interpret and critically analyse theatre, performance and film, create original work for live performance and demonstrate a high level of transferable skills - especially in interpersonal communication, group work, leadership and creative problem solving. 

You'll find our graduates in a broad range of occupations - a fact that underlines their considerable adaptability and aptitude for collaborative work, effective communication and negotiation. 

These include roles in the theatre, film, television and radio, journalism, teaching and applied theatre. 

Some of our most recent graduates are currently pursuing further study in Film Studies, Playwriting and Screenwriting. 

The creative economy accounts for 1 in 11 jobs across the UIK and employs 700,000 more people than the financial services industry (Creative Industries Federation). 

The University of Manchester is the most targeted university in the UK for top graduate employers (High Fliers Research, 2019). 

Our award-winning careers service provides a wealth of tools, advice, development opportunities and industry links.  

You'll have access to dedicated, subject-specific support throughout your studies and for up to two years after graduation. 

Our undergraduate courses are also designed to provide an easy transition into postgraduate study, if desired. 

We offer a wide range of specialist master's courses within the University and even offer fast-tracked enrolment to high-achieving undergraduate students. 

Our students can take part in our Stellify programme alongside their degrees, developing professional and leadership skills while contributing to their local and global communities through volunteering. 

Our Drama graduates have gone on to work in a variety of industries, including positions in: 

  • Applied Theatre 
  • Directing 
  • Television and Radio 
  • Theatre 
  • Film and Broadcast 
  • Journalism 
  • Teaching at schools, colleges and universities 
  • Community Arts and Arts Administration 
  • Law and Business Management 

Our English Literature graduates have gone on to work in a variety of industries, including positions with the BBC, KPMG, Deloitte, Marks and Spencer, Aviva, Accenture and Barclays.