In the National Student Survey 2017 (NSS 2017) French at QMUL achieved 100% in Student Satisfaction, ranking us first in the UK. Drama was ranked second in London.
Studying Drama and a modern language gives you the opportunity to explore connections and interactions between cultural traditions. You divide your time equally between the two subjects, following modules designed to help you develop your linguistic skills and the key concepts and techniques required to study cultural practices and make performance.
You will engage with a variety of performance and cultural traditions that inform both contexts and investigate the parallels between the two. You normally spend your third year in a country where your chosen language is spoken. You can choose either to study or take up a work placement.
Why study French and Drama at Queen Mary?
We have close links with London’s cultural institutions including Shakespeare’s Globe, the Barbican Centre and Tate Modern, which means you will have the opportunity to work with theatre and other arts professionals as well as lecturers who are leaders in their field. Our teaching takes place in state-of-the-art facilities, including the Pinter Studio Theatre, and a suite of purpose-built rehearsal rooms. You have full access to these facilities, along with the necessary technical support.
Our location in east London is an important element in our work, and you are encouraged to see the site of your studies as being part of your exploration of your subject. Whether in groups, or individually, you are also encouraged to investigate the unknown and the unexpected, and we have developed modules that will invite you to consider drama and performance in a variety of settings, which might include schools, hospitals, prisons, art galleries or streets as well as theatres across the UK and internationally.
You will spend a year abroad in the third year of your degree. This gives you an exceptional opportunity to develop your language skills among native speakers. You have three main options for how to spend the year abroad: teaching English as a foreign language assistant; attending university abroad on an Erasmus exchange; or in the professional world, either on a work placement, with the School’s support, or independently, with the School’s approval.
We pride ourselves on the facilities we offer. Our computing services make us one of the best equipped languages departments in the UK. Advisers are on hand to help you take advantage of multilingual word-processing and to point you towards websites useful for language study. Our custom designed Language Centre provides state-of-the-art language teaching and learning facilities. We also subscribe to many foreign newspapers and journals.
The Library has extensive audio-visual facilities, a large collection of videos and DVDs and is equipped for viewing satellite TV. Students also enjoy lively language clubs and societies which organise film showings, outings, drama productions and social meetings which gives you the chance to practise your language as well as have fun.
This list gives some general guidance on which Drama modules you will study during your degree, although these may vary from year to year.
- Cultural Histories of Theatre
- London/Culture/Performance (QMUL Model Module)
- Performance Texts in Practice
French Core and compulsory modules:
- French Foundations (QMUL Model Module)
- French I (QMUL Model Module)
- Critical Thinking and Writing for Modern Foreign Languages
In Drama, you will take sixty credits including at least one of:
- Cultural Politics and Performance
- Group Practical Project
French Core modules:
- French II
- Translation into French
French options include:
- Memories of WWII in Literature, Film and Art
- The Sounds of French
- The Story of my Life?: French Autobiography and Autofiction
- Out of Place: Literature and Dislocation
- Twentieth Century French Thought: Values and Violence
- Year abroad: Written Assignment
For Drama you will select at least one research project, from a list including:
- Written Research Project
- Practice-based Research Project
- Performance Company Research Project
- Film Studies Research Project
You will also take the compulsory, but non-assessed, module Livelihoods
French Core module:
- French III
French options include:
- Advanced Oral Competence in French
- Language and Society in the French-speaking World
- French Feminist Writing
- Lovers and Libertines: Eighteenth-Century French Fiction
- Modern Languages Research Project
For a complete list of modules please visit the directory of modules http://www.qmul.ac.uk/modules/
Use the following abbreviation in the Code search
- FRE – French
- DRA – Drama
QMUL will aim to deliver your programme so that it closely matches the way in which it has been described to you by QMUL in print, online, and/or in person. However, it is important to realise that in some circumstances, we may change aspects of your programme. See our full terms and conditions to read more:
General Admission Entry Requirements can be found below.
2018 Entry requirements
|A-Level||Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level French. This must include at least one A-Level in an arts, humanities or social sciences subject, and at least one essay based subject. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.|
|IB||International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include at least one arts, humanities or social sciences subject. This must also include at least one essay based subject at Higher Level.|
|BTEC||See our detailed subject and grade requirements|
|Access HE||We consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. This must include at least 6 Level 3 credits in arts or humanities modules at Distinction. Applicants will also be expected have achieved grade B or above in A-Level French.|
|GCSE||Minimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.|
|EPQ||Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.|
|Contextualised admissions||We consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.|
General Admissions Entry Requirements
English Language Proficiency
All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. See our guidance on English Language requirements for all degree programmes.
Vocational and Other Qualifications
The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (email@example.com) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.
Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.
If you are taking a combination of qualifications at Level 3, we will consider your academic profile and may make offers on a case-by-case basis. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (firstname.lastname@example.org) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.
Subject to the policy of the programme, it may be possible for students to join undergraduate degree programmes at the beginning of the second year of a three or four year degree programme or, sometimes, the beginning of the third year of a four year programme. Please note, not all schools will consider advanced entry. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (email@example.com) before making an application for individual advice.
If you are applying for advanced entry on the basis of a post A-Level qualification, such as the BTEC HND, you should apply via UCAS in the usual way. If you wish to transfer your degree studies from another UK higher education institution, you will be considered on the basis of your original A-Level or equivalent qualifications, current syllabus, academic references and results.
We typically expect you to have achieved a 2.1 standard on your current programme and have already met the standard equivalent first year entry requirements. Applications must be submitted via UCAS.
European and International Applicants
Our students come from over 162 countries and we accept a wide range of European and International Qualifications for entry, in addition to A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please see our International Admissions webpages for further details of our academic requirements, and information regarding how we assess the equivalence of your qualification.
Applicants will typically be expected to be taking academic subjects relevant to the programme of study. You are advised to review the A-Level and IB requirements for an indication of these subjects. If you are at all unclear, the Admissions team (firstname.lastname@example.org) is happy to advise you further.
For any other enquiries directly relating to our entry requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
See our information and guidance on how to apply.
Learning and teaching
Learning and Teaching
Drama teaching happens in small seminars, workshops, small lectures, field work, tutorials and some workshop activities outside Queen Mary (for example, in local schools). You will do group work and work independently. Theory and practice are integrated across the curriculum so that in seminars you will also do some practice-based learning and in workshops you will also discuss critical reading.
As well as working with Drama staff, you will also have the opportunity to work with experts and theatre professionals from outside the College. You can expect to be in taught classes eight hours per week but also to do additional unsupervised practice in dedicated studio time four hours per week. You will sometimes dedicate additional time to preparing performance work and extra studio space is bookable for you to do this.
You will also be responsible for preparing assigned reading, doing independent research and attending theatre and other cultural events across London as well as preparing work for assessment. Seminar groups generally take no more than 21 students and workshop groups are normally no larger than 15.
For every hour in classes you will be expected to complete a further 5 - 6 hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
French assessment methods vary from module to module, and include a mixture of exams and coursework, coursework only, oral exams (including the production of a short radio programme), final-year dissertations and a range of more innovative methods, such as independent projects and creative journals.
Assessment includes written and practical assignments, which might include lecture-demonstrations, essays, critical reviews, funding applications and performances. As Drama frequently involves working with others, some assessment is based around group work. However, we always try to find means of assessment that suit the subject matter being studied.
We offer a wide range of practical and seminar-based module options, as well as required core modules, including, in the final year, either a written research project or an independent practical project. Drama modules involve a high level of commitment to the collective work done in practical classes and with other students outside of usual working hours.
Fees and finance
Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.
You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.
Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.
For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.
See more general information about fees.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.
Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students
There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.
Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.
Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students
There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.
Find out more about international scholarships.
Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.
Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs
Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.
Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):
- A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
- A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
- Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
- You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.
Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:
- How to apply for student finance
- What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
- What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
- What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
- Additional sources of funding
- Planning your budget and cutting costs
- Part-time and vacation work
- Money for lone parents
For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.
Graduates from Queen Mary’s School of Languages, Linguistics and Film Studies go on to work in a wide variety of careers. Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering careers such as interpreting, teaching and publishing, whilst others transfer skills gained during study into areas such as marketing.
The broad range of skills gained through our language courses, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, has enabled students to move into careers such as:
|Global Technical Support Representation||Bloomberg|
|Assistant Tour Manager||Sony|
|Trainee Manager||Majestic Wine|
|Training Centre Co-ordinator||ESI International|
|Fundraising Administrator||Mildmay International|
|International Product Analyst||Meta-Pack|
|Graduate Account Executive||Hall & Partners|
In today's competitive jobs market, employers expect graduates to have a range of skills and work experience. Being based in London is a distinct advantage, and at QMUL we have designed programmes of careers support to help you take advantage of our capital location.
Alongside your studies, you'll have opportunities to:
• attend networking or industry events
• apply for internships in your ideal area of work
• volunteer with local or national charities
• work part-time.
And there's plenty of day-to-day support too. Whether you need help with writing a CV, developing your interview skills or planning further study once you graduate, we have teams of advisers on hand to give you the advice and support you need.
Learning a language
Even if you're not studying a language as part of your degree, you can still develop these skills by signing up for a course in QMUL's Language Centre. Choose from: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Japanese or Spanish.
Student Profile: Vaithergei Vijayathas (Graduated 2012)
“The programme is excellent. It has exposed me to so many aspects of theatre, some which I had first covered at A-level Drama, and some that were completely new. This was very beneficial because it helped enhance the skills I had acquired in the sixth form and helped me ease my way into developing my own ideas and writings. The tutors are brilliant, particularly because most of them are performers in their own right. They are really helpful when it comes to advising us on how to start our individual research.
“The social life is pretty good. There's the Drapers’ Bar on campus, as well as a good local pub. The campus is only fifteen minutes from exciting Brick Lane, and all the London clubs and theatres are in Soho which is not far away at all.
“The Uni has a gym so you can slot in a work-out while you’re on campus, and they also have classes for things like aerobics, pilates, yoga, circuit training and so on. I have also joined the Queen Mary Theatre Company and did a show with them for the New Writers’ Festival. They offer plenty of opportunities to perform, with three plays going to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival every year. It’s not only fun, but an excellent thing for my CV. My favourite place on campus is down by the canal. It's a lovely place to relax with friends during lunch. It’s also a good place to study in the summer.”
Graduate profile: Lauren Davis (Graduated 2009)
Studied: Drama (Performance)
Currently: Gallery Assistant, Barbican Arts Centre and Freelance Producer
Why did you choose Queen Mary?
Drama at QM is considered a “powerhouse” of research and performance, and is active in National and International events such as SPILL, the National Review of Live Art and PSi. QM provides unparalleled in-house opportunities for its students to work closely with internationally renowned artists and organisations. I knew that if I went to QM, I’d be given the opportunity to work professionally with artists that students from other universities only get to read about.
What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
In addition to the contacts and relationships I developed with institutions and artists whilst a student, studying at QM gave me a broad base of skills such as time management, writing and the presentation of ideas, which have proved to be essential to my working environment.
How did you find your current job?
During my studies, I worked part-time at the Barbican Centre. As a result of this work, I developed a strong connection with the Art Gallery and was taken on in my permanent position last November. The knowledge and experience gained from my studies at QM contributed immensely to my suitability for the job, and left me familiar with a broad range of artists and theoretical concerns which are immediately relevant to my work.
In 2009, Professor Lois Weaver and QM Drama launched the AiR Project – an initiative that sustains established Live Art Practitioners, supports emerging artists and invests in the spaces that nurture their work and their audiences. Immediately after graduating, I worked with the first Artist in Residence, Helena Hunter, as a Personal Assistant. My work with Helena and the skills I developed have led to further freelance production work.