English and Theatre Studies

English and Theatre Studies focuses on the form, meanings and effects of imaginative writing and dramatic performance, and explains how these practices engage with the everyday world.

English and Theatre Studies

English and Theatre Studies at Melbourne

The program is a leading research hub for critical thinking in English and Theatre Studies across genres and historical periods. The English and Theatre Studies program is recognised nationally and internationally for its world-class research, scholarship and teaching.

Our scholars are experts in:

  • Medieval literature and medievalism
  • Shakespeare and Renaissance
  • Romantic and Victorian literatures
  • Modernism
  • World literatures
  • Popular genres
  • Literature and other media
  • Literatures of the Americas
  • Australian literature, theatre and culture
  • Theatre, dance and performance
  • Digital Humanities and Archival Studies
  • Histories and theories of reading

The program attracts significant external and university funding for key research projects in areas such as creativity, performance, literature and its relations to species and ecological thinking.

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Master your craft in our undergraduate and graduate programs. You’ll learn from leading academics while joining a vibrant and engaged community.

Graduates in English and Theatre studies go on to rewarding careers in the creative arts, publishing, public relations, advertising, media, communications, teaching and law.


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English and Theatre Studies academics are leading teachers, researchers and industry professionals. They train students in critical thinking, advanced writing and research skills, analytical and interpretive reading and effective oral communication.

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