The University of Essex is one of the UK's leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally for research excellence following the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
The Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies is an interdisciplinary department offering close supervision and a friendly atmosphere for intellectual debate. It is distinctive in the breadth of its cultural interests, providing expertise in a wide range of literatures, including English, United States, French, Italian and Latin American.
Many of the Department's academic staff are scholars of international reputation and the Department has a long history of poets, novelists and theatre writers working with students. In addition, students have access and use of the well-equipped Lakeside Theatre at the University's Colchester Campus.
The Centre for Theatre Studies provides students with a thorough grounding in areas that are key to theatre and performance, notably the theory and practice of comedy, tragedy, physical theatre, performance art, classic texts, and contemporary writing. Students are able both to write and direct new plays, as well as to redefine classics and rediscover neglected masterpieces.