In choosing this innovating degree you will have the opportunity to develop both your creative and critical writing skills. This course is taught by distinguished, practising writers. You will find this English Literature / Drama & Theatre studies degree both challenging and rewarding. By studying various genres and styles, writing forms and techniques, you will develop a range of competencies and capabilities, skills and attributes that are widely sought by employers. Our department ranks #1 in Wales for English and Creative Writing (NSS 2016). You will be immersed in a supportive and vibrant community of creative and critical thinkers, industry experts, and published authors from every field. You will be encouraged to develop your creative and critical writing skills. You will be encouraged to expand your range and capabilities as a writer to enable you to work confidently in a variety of forms and genres. We offer you opportunities to engage with a wide variety of approaches to literature and cultural history, combining critical thinking with scholarship.You will have the opportunity to explore literary theory - philosophical and conceptual ideas that inform, challenge and problematize the ways we read. In your final year you will have the opportunity to take part in a writing retreat at a country house in mid Wales - an amazing opportunity to spend time with fellow students and staff, developing your final year projects and dissertations, in a splendid rural setting. We have one of the biggest libraries in the world, the National Library of Wales, on our doorstep. This copyright institution receives a copy of every book published in the UK. The department is home to New Welsh Review, Wales’ foremost literary magazine - this could be an exciting opportunity for you to get involved. As a student in the department of English Literature / Drama and Theatre studies, you will have the opportunity to undertake a study abroad placement in one of many partnered Universities across Europe and the rest of the World or complete a year in industry (YES) and develop the skills and contact leads that will give you the head start in the competitive job market. You will also benefit from our industry connections with the Royal Shakespeare company, the National Theatre Wales, Quarantine, Imitating the Dog and the Magdelena Project. A degree in English Literature is the “gold standard” for any employment setting where communication is valued. All of our modules deliver key skills that enable you to build a comprehensive C.V. that evidences your diverse range of competencies. Our graduates have been successful across the widest possible range of career destinations: Broadcasting; Journalism; Advertising; Publishing; Education; Civil Service; Business; Finance; New Media.