Undergraduate study


Drama with Business Studies

Arts, English and Drama

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
BA (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich WN41 AAB-ABB 01 October 2018 22 June 2022
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time W4N1 AAB-ABB 01 October 2018 16 June 2021

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to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation

Top 12

for English and Creative Writing

in the UK

The Guardian University Guide 2018


of 2016 English graduates found work or study

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overall student satisfaction

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NSS 2017

Drama with Business Studies course overview

The course is particularly appropriate if you are interested in a career in arts administration, or in running your own company in the creative industries.

In Drama, you will explore play texts, theoretical writings, performance traditions and techniques, and examine the theatre’s role and function in society throughout history.

European, American and non-Western theatre traditions are studied as well as British theatre. Modules in film production, and playwriting are also available. Practical work takes place primarily in the Department’s theatre and studios and all practical modules include exploration of technical theatre, lighting, sound, set and costume. The main teaching modes comprise seminar discussion and practical workshop sessions.

Your studies will take place in a variety of learning environments, including seminars, workshops, lectures, group work with peers, and one-to-one tutorials. Our teaching centres on a commitment to small-group teaching and all of our modules offer this as a component. Outside of scheduled teaching times our academic staff are available for face-to-face meetings, essay feedback and support sessions, and for meetings with Academic Advisees. Students benefit from our Virtual Learning Environment (employing additional learning opportunities through online quizzes, discussion boards and blogs) and library facilities, as well as other research and study environments.

Business studies

Students study specialist Business School modules in human resource management, finance, marketing, strategic management and entrepreneurship.

Course insight

To give you an insight into what type of projects you’ll be working on, we’ve included the following video which captures a final year drama production of ‘if’.

Our facilities

The Sir Robert Martin Theatre seats an audience of up to 300 and has a proscenium arch, which is easily adapted to accommodate other forms of production. The Leonard Dixon Studio and the Stanley Evernden Studio are flexible spaces seating up to 86 and 45 respectively.


Year 1

In Year 1 our core modules will introduce you to all aspects of the subject and provide you with the skills you need for the rest of your degree studies. In Drama modules develop core performance skills across a range of periods and styles and introduce you to reflective and critical practices enhanced by the study of the history of theatre across cultures.

Compulsory Drama modules:

  • Performance Practices
  • From Analysis to Performance
  • How to read a Play
  • The Theatre and its Histories

Compulsory Business School modules:

  • Introduction to Management
  • Principles of Law
  • Management of Human Resources
  • Organisational Behaviour

Year 2

In year 2 your Drama modules deepen your theoretical knowledge and broadens the understanding of theatre across a variety of performance practices. You can choose to develop your acting skills or focus on textual and theoretical study of theatre.

Compulsory Drama modules:

  • Production 1
  • Performance Philosophy

Compulsory Business School modules:

  • The Marketing Mix
  • Accounting for Business
  • Principles of Marketing

Optional modules:

  • Puppetry
  • Voice and Text
  • Modern Contemporary British Theatre
  • Playwriting and Dramaturgy
  • Brecht: The Critical Stage
  • Costume Design
  • Popular Theatres
  • Accounting for Managers
  • Company Finance
  • Arts Management
  • Fashion Theory
  • Nineteenth-Century Bodies
  • Material Culture
  • African American Culture
  • Non-Verbal Communication: Body Adornment and New Technologies
  • Word and Image: Verbo-Visual Exchange in Art and Literature

Final year

In the final year, our modules give you the opportunity to broaden your studies and specialise even further in your own areas of interest. Drama modules offer you a variety of options that can focus on practical work, especially in the Theatre Practice module, or develop your textual skills. The opportunity to develop your CV through work experience is also a popular choice. The range of course choices (some of which are listed below) are taught from our tutors’ research specialisms and present you with the most current knowledge and theories.

Compulsory Business School modules:

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business
  • Fundamentals of Strategic Management
  • Leadership and Interpersonal Skills

Optional modules:

  • Analysing Work Experience in Creative Industries
  • Dance Theatre
  • Research Project
  • Theatre Practice
  • Puppetry
  • Rare Shakespeare

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.


The Drama course is assessed solely through coursework, using various methods to encourage students to develop a broad set of skills and competencies. Methods include: essays/reflective work, seminar participation, online in-class tests, annotated bibliographies, performance projects, in-class presentations, research projects, workbook/log books, group work & peer assessments and dissertation.

Business School modules are assessed using group work, presentations and examinations.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

WN41 Drama with Business Studies - BA (Hons) DPS

AAB-ABB (General Studies accepted)
34 (6,5,5 HL) including HL English or Theatre’
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDD-DDM; BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: DD plus one A Level at grade B or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate: D plus two A levels at grade AB
Relevant subjects include Performing Arts, Art and Design, Business, IT, Sport, Sport and Exercise Science

W4N1 Drama with Business Studies - BA (Hons)

AAB-ABB (General Studies accepted)
34 (6,5,5 HL) including HL English or Theatre’
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDD-DDM; BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: DD plus one A Level at grade B or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate: D plus two A levels at grade AB
Relevant subjects include Performing Arts, Art and Design, Business, IT, Sport, Sport and Exercise Science


Applicants are selected on the basis of their UCAS application, and also by attendance at a practical workshop and interview in order to assess academic potential beyond that provided as part of your application. An interview also gives you the opportunity to visit the department, meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

More information on the application process is available on the Arts, English and Drama webpages.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates have entered careers in arts administration, accountancy, advertising, the civil service, local Government, the City, creative arts, journalism, marketing, management, the media (both TV and radio), personnel work, business and finance, publishing, teaching, law, social and youth work.

Professional placement (sandwich) year

We have strong industry links which help our students secure year-long and flexible work placements in the UK and internationally. These placements are an invaluable opportunity to advance your skills, and apply your knowledge to a working environment.

Student testimonials will be added shortly.

Department / School Key Information Sets

BA (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: WN41

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: W4N1