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Drama with Creative Writing

Entry Year: 2023

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Drama with Creative Writing BA (Hons)

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BA (Hons)
3 years
September 2023
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Typical A-Level offer
Grades BBB at A-Level. This must include at least one arts, humanities or social sciences subject. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
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Drama with Creative Writing with Year Abroad BA (Hons)

Key information

BA (Hons)
4 years
September 2023
UCAS code
Institution code
Typical A-Level offer
Grades BBB at A-Level. This must include at least one arts, humanities or social sciences subject. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements (including contextual admissions)
Home fees
Overseas fees
Funding information
Paying your fees

Year abroad cost

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Study Drama and Creative Writing in this boundary-breaking course

Our BA in Drama with Creative Writing will give you a sound knowledge base in Drama along with the skills and tools needed to develop into a writer. In the Drama part of the course, you will gain a deeper understanding of theatre and performance in a variety of cultures and historical periods, and across a wide range of forms - from plays to experimental performance to applied theatre, and more. 

The Creative Writing section of the course is designed to develop practical writing skills and techniques, and to give you an insight into the process of writing. You will have the opportunity to grow and flourish as a writer, whether in prose fiction, poetry, drama, film or creative non-fiction. You will be taught by some of the world's leading academics and artists, who will help you develop into informed critics, performance makers and writers.     

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The programme capitalises on London’s outstanding theatre and performance resources and, particularly, Drama's links with a variety of theatre and other cultural organisations including Artangel, Barbican, Live Art Development Agency, National Theatre, People’s Palace Projects, Project Phakama, Shakespeare’s Globe, and more.  It also draws on London's rich writing, publishing and media cultures.  These links often bring artists, writers, administrators, managers and other professionals into the programme as guest speakers, workshop leaders and performers. They also facilitate students' participation in the wider cultural sector, and will form the basis for the further development of work-specific learning opportunities.


Year 1

Year 1 provides an introduction to the study of drama, performance and creative writing. which combines both practical and theoretical approaches.

Modules in Year 1 have a strong emphasis on the acquisition of practical (including writing) and research skills that you will use throughout your  programme. You will also have the opportunity in Year 1 to explore key practical and theoretical issues around the making of performance.

You will take the following modules (all compulsory)

  • Power Plays (15 credits)
  • Making Theatre and Performance (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Creative Writing (30 credits)
  • Beyond Acting (30 credits)
  • Spectatorship: Time, Place, Performance  (15 credits)

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

You will take the following three compulsory modules:

  • Group Practical Project (30 credits)
  • Creative Writing Prose (15 credits)
  • Creative Writing Playwriting (15 credits)

You then choose two seminar-based modules and one practice-based module from a range of Drama options that change each year. Modules may include:

  • Action Design
  • Art and the Climate Crisis
  • Culture, Power and Performance
  • London Performance Now
  • Making Contemporary Theatre
  • Naturalism
  • Performance and Visual Culture in South Asia
  • Race and Racism in Performance
  • Theatre, Experiment and Revolution
  • Voice, Gender, Performance

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

You will choose one from

  • DRA329 Written Research Project (30 credits)
  • ESH6199 Creative Writing Dissertation (30 credits)

You then choose a further 30 credits of Creative Writing modules from a range of options that change each year. Modules may include:

  • Creative Writing and Performance
  • Creative Writing Nonfiction: Illness and Experience
  • Writing About the Arts
  • Creative Writing Advanced Poetry: the Poetics of Translation

You then choose two seminar-based modules and one practice-based module from a range of Drama options that change each year. Modules may include:

  • Culture, Performance and Globalisation
  • Drama and Education
  • Live Art: Then and Now
  • Madness and Theatricality
  • Offstage London
  • Performance and Celebrity
  • Showbusiness: Theatre and Capitalism
  • Theatre and the Supernatural
  • Verbatim, Testimonial and Tribunal


Please note that all modules are subject to change.


Teaching and learning

You’ll usually attend at least eight hours of classes weekly, mainly in the form of seminars, creative writing workshops and studio-based workshops. Practice-based modules include additional scheduled studio time weekly for student-led practice. Some modules also include tutorials and field trips.

For every hour spent in class, you'll complete approximately three to four further hours of independent study preparing for classes and assignments.


Assessment typically includes a combination of written and practical assignments, such as essays, performances, presentations, portfolios, scripts, programme notes, reviews, feature articles, artist websites, podcasts and dissertations. Some assessment is based around group work, especially for performance projects and presentations.

Resources and facilities

The School offers on-campus resources to support your studies, including:

  • BLOC - a new Film & Drama Practice research facility at QMUL (Opening 2022)
  • three rehearsal spaces
  • the Pinter Studio
  • motion capture equipment, allowing students to explore innovative practices with new technology and film
  • opportunities to meet visiting experts including artists, directors, producers, playwrights and activists
  • access to the Film and Drama Studio
  • opportunities to act, direct and stage manage through the Queen Mary Theatre Company
  • proximity to specialist archives and collections such as the National Theatre Archive, Live Art Development Agency Study Room, Women’s Library, Black Cultural Archives
  • access to Senate House Library and the British Library


Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer 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.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.


Theatre and related arts organisations, publishing, digital media, communications, print journalism, and the broadcast media are all popular choices for Drama and Creative Writing students who want to use their communication skills. Others use their ability to think and write critically and persuasively to go into public relations, marketing, and advertising, including in the charity sector. Our graduates are highly experienced in working collaboratively, which makes them especially suited to diverse work environments that depend on collaboration and project delivery.  In addition, many of our graduates embark upon professional careers in education, the third sector, law and teaching, whilst every year the Department sees a number of students progress to take higher degrees, both at Queen Mary and elsewhere.

This course gives graduates some particularly sought-after qualities in the workplace.  Graduates of the Drama with Creative Writing degree might find employment in areas such as theatre and performance, cultural industries, publishing, business, journalism and the media, education, museums and archives, government or public relations. The BA Drama with Creative Writing programme  provides training for those who wish to publish their writing in fictional and non-fictional contexts. The School has developed links with the cultural industries and offers students opportunities to engage with industry professionals and practices through individual modules and careers workshops. Staff teaching on the programme are performance makers and published authors; the establishment and management of links with potential employers, key arts organisations and agents will be an integrated part of the academic content they deliver, particularly in the final year of the degree.

Career support

You’ll have access to bespoke careers support during your degree, including access to experts in Drama and Creative Writing through specific modules (e.g. Applied Performance, Drama and Education, Writing about the Arts); School and Department-run careers and professional development workshops; extra-curricular experience with arts organisations; and advice about postgraduate study.

Our Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

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About the School

The School of English and Drama provides a first-class learning environment -- the Departments of Drama and English are in the top 40 in the world (QS World Rankings by Subject 2019). And you’ll learn from leading experts: Drama is ranked first and English fifth in the UK for research quality (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

We are a large school, with a lot of specialist staff, enabling us to offer a wide range of topics and approaches. You’ll have tailored support, including individual feedback on your work, and there are opportunities to contribute to student performances and publications.

We regularly host prominent writers and performers and collaborate with leading organisations such as the V&A, the Barbican, the Live Art Development Agency and Shakespeare’s Globe. Our course makes full use of London’s exceptional theatre and performance resources (e.g. theatres, galleries, museums, libraries, archives, site-specific performance, festivals).

The School runs several innovative research centres, including the Centre for Poetry; the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies; the Centre for Religion and Literature in English; and the Sexual Cultures Research Group.

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