There's a great dynamic between students and staff on this course. My tutors genuinely cared when I told them I'd got a job in my field. I got texts and emails congratulating me!


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Whether you love taking centre stage or prefer directing from behind the scenes, our Drama course will give you a rewarding experience.

You’ll explore drama and theatre as a practical and academic discipline. Our lectures, seminars, workshops and productions will give you valuable experience in acting, directing, applied drama, contemporary and performance practices.

We’re always thinking about your career after university. Specialised modules prepare you for work in the creative sector. You’ll also have the chance to work with professional theatre companies.

Why Study Drama?

Our course offers you exciting opportunities to develop practical, directorial, creative and intellectual skills in the contemporary world of drama and theatre.

You'll learn how to captivate an audience through dynamic acting and performance techniques and you'll have opportunities to explore texts, spaces and creative ways of presenting and/or staging performance.


Entry requirements

A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points.

More information about entry requirements.

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All about the course

This course offers you an exploration of drama and theatre as a practical and academic discipline, gaining valuable experience and skills in acting, directing, applied drama and contemporary theatre making. You'll develop these skills through workshops, productions, and seminars and you'll be encouraged to see as much drama as possible on stage and screen.

Students on this course benefit from trips, workshops and opportunities to work with professional companies.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops and will have access to a range of online and other library resources.

Throughout the course, you'll develop essential employability and enterprise skills by responding to briefs, putting your learning into practice and learning from professionals in masterclasses and workshops. 

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves undertaking research in the library, working on group projects with peers, and preparing for coursework assignments, workshops and seminars. Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class. You will be often expected to work in study groups to enhance a peer-learning and collaborative environment.

The Performance Research module in Year 3 will enable you to undertake independent research working under the supervision of a member of the course team.

Your actual contact hours will depend on the optional modules you select but you will normally have between 12-14 contact hours per week in lectures, seminars, and workshops. In addition, you'll meet with your Personal Academic Tutor on a regular basis to receive pastoral and study skill support. There will be other, extra-curricular theatre activities to attend that will support and enhance your learning.

For every 20 credit module there is 50 hours of contact time and it is expected that there will be 150 hours of additional study time to undertake directed tasks, readings, rehearsals, research and assignments.

Our Drama team comprises highly qualified academics who have a range of expertise and experience as performers, directors, applied theatre practitioners and theatre researchers.

Our permanent staff are research-active and have experience in delivering research-led teaching. They are at the level of Senior Lecturer.

Our Drama course is an academic and practical study of theatre and drama with practical modules such as Site Performance and Post Dramatic Devising. The teaching team will work closely with you to enable you to share your enthusiasm and reach your potential.

Angela PickardDrama, Programme Director

How you’ll be assessed

You will be assessed through a variety of practical and written assessments. You will also be involved in presentation and project management. 

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor.

There are also formal or 'summative' assessments including a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reflections, proposals, portfolios, performances, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark and even though you may sometimes work in a group, all students receive a differentiated, individual, summative mark.


You will receive feedback on all assessments.

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

There are target setting opportunities regarding assessments and feedback facilitated by your personal academic tutor (PAT).

We aim to provide you with feedback within and 15 working days of hand-in or performance date.

Your future career

We equip our graduates to tackle diverse roles in a wide range of professions including contemporary theatre making, acting, directing, applied drama, as well as pursuing postgraduate study in drama/theatre or a related field. Our graduates will also possess a range of transferable skills gained on the course which are highly valued and sought after for work in fields other than drama and the arts.

I left feeling ready for professional life, with a portfolio, a network of friends, a clear idea of what I wanted to do and the things I wanted to make.


Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18

of our Drama students were in jobs or further study 15 months after finishing their course.

Combination courses

Combined UCAS Codes

American Studies WT47
Creative & Professional Writing WW84
Dance W501
Education Studies WX43
English Literature WQ44
Film, Radio and Television WP43
Psychology WC48

Combined Honours explained.



The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000
Part-time £4,625 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2021/22 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2021/22 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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