Studying for a Drama and English degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline. Many students also apply the skills they develop through the degree entrepreneurially to create their own work opportunities and the University runs a number of extra-curricular programmes in entrepreneurship.
The following is a list of the major career sectors that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
- Theatre and Performing Arts
- Publishing and the Media
- Public Relations
- Fast Stream Civil Service
- Management Consultancy
We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, the Lyric Theatre, Tinderbox Theatre and BBC Northern Ireland who provide sponsorship for the English course in Broadcast Literacy (currently offered at postgraduate level but soon to be offered at undergraduate level also).
Graduate Careers and Achievements
Many of our former graduates have risen to the top of their fields and include many famous figures; for example:
- Lucia McAnespie (Actress RADA trained)
- Lisa McGee (Writer for theatre, film and television)
- Cat Barter (Singer and actress trained in Musical Theatre in Royal Academy of Music)
- Ciaran Mc Quillan (Outreach Officer with Tinderbox)
- Connor Phillips (Broadcaster, Cool FM)
- Ian Baxter (Broadcaster, UTV)
- Tom Finlay (Artistic Director, Rainbow Factory)
- Alison McCrudden (Lecturer)
- Des Kennedy (Theatre Director, Royal Court Theatre, Out of Joint Theatre)
- Karen Hassan (Actor, Hollyoaks)
- Jennifer Neil (Teacher, Banbridge Academy)
- Richard Gray (Teacher, Strangford College)
- Philip Hilditch (BBC Cameraman)
- Adrian Dorrian (Church of Ireland minister)
- Seamus Heaney, Nobel prize-winning poet;
- Paul Muldoon, academic and poet;
- Stephen Rea, actor;
- Helen Madden, writer and actor;
- Annie Kelly, journalist and writer;
- Annie Mac, radio presenter.
You should also take a look at the Prospects website for further information concerning the types of jobs that attract Drama and English graduates.
Further study is also an option open to our graduates. Students can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plusinitiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plus in particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.