Drama

Entry Year: 2019

2 Study Options

Drama BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
W400
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include grade A or above in at least one arts, humanities or social sciences subject. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£15,400*

*These fees are for the 2018-19 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2019-20 have not yet been set.

Drama with Year Abroad BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
W401
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include grade A or above in at least one arts, humanities or social sciences subject. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£15,400*

*These fees are for the 2018-19 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2019-20 have not yet been set.

Drama

Overview

Study drama in the cultural heart of London, one of the world’s greatest performance cities.

Drama at Queen Mary allows you to study performance from a variety of cultural perspectives and historical periods, and in a range of contexts – from musicals and Shakespeare to activism, interventions and live art.

Theatre trips, practical performance and technical inductions are an essential part of the programme, which investigates the ways in which drama and performance can be used in different settings – art galleries, schools, prisons, museums, theatres and in the street. It’s taught as an active and dynamic subject, placing equal importance on individual development and collaborative work with other students.

Through an exploration of the art of performance, you'll be encouraged to follow your own creative interests and expertise. Our staff  world-class academics and artists  will work with you to make learning challenging and exciting, and help you to develop as an informed theatre and performance maker.

Structure

You can complete your Drama degree in three or four years. If you choose to do a year abroad this will take place in Year 3 and Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4.

Year 1

  • Cultural Histories of Theatre
  • Interventions
  • London/Culture/Performance
  • Making Theatre
  • Performance Texts in Practice
  • Popular Theatre and Performance
  • Practices

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Cultural Politics and Performance
  • Group Practical Project

You choose the rest of your modules from a range of options that changes each year.

Choose from

  • Action Design
  • London Performance Now
  • Making Contemporary Theatre
  • Performing Illness and Disability
  • Performing Shakespeare
  • Race and Racism in Performance
  • Theatre Writings
  • Voice, Gender, Performance

This is a sample of modules from our full module directory.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Compulsory

  • Livelihoods (non-credit bearing)

Choose from

  • Practice-Based Research Project
  • Written Research Project

You choose the rest of your final-year modules from a wide range of options that changes each year.

Modules may include

  • Feeling It: Emotion and Sensation in the Theatre
  • Madness and Theatricality
  • Making Site Specific Performance
  • Performance and Community
  • Performance Art from the 1970s to the Present
  • Performance, Sexuality, Identity
  • Shakespeare after Shakespeare
  • Show Business: Theatre and Capitalism

This is a sample of modules from our full module directory.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Your degree will include a mixture of practice-based and seminar-based modules.

In 2017, we introduced the QMUL Model to all our degrees. For further information on this initiative please visit QMUL Model.

Year abroad

Go global and spend your third academic year abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary.

Additional Costs

A few modules may require you to buy tickets to shows or exhibitions (often at a discounted rate) as well as pay for travel within London.

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Before coming to Queen Mary, I knew little about live art. Studying drama has enabled me to thoroughly explore the field. Thanks to the passionate team of lecturers, who all have been amazingly inspirational, I graduated with a solid set of knowledge and experience, which I confidently apply to my practice as a performance artist.

Teaching and Facilities

Teaching and learning

You'll receive at least 10 hours of weekly contact time, in the form of seminars, studio-based teaching, tutorials and lectures. Some modules will also include field trips.

For every hour spent in class, you'll complete a further four to six hours of independent study.

Assessment

Assessment typically includes a combination of written and practical assignments, which might feature performances, articles, artist websites, podcasts, lecture demonstrations, essays, critical reviews and funding applications. Some assessment is based around group work.

Resources and facilities

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

  • 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 actors, directors, artists, activists and filmmakers
  • access to the Film and Drama Studio
  • opportunities to act, direct and stage manage through the Queen Mary Theatre Company.

Entry requirements

Drama - BA (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include grade A or above in at least one arts, humanities or social sciences subject. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a minimum of 6 in at least one arts, humanities or social sciences subject at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe 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.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe 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.

Drama with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include grade A or above in at least one arts, humanities or social sciences subject. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a minimum of 6 in at least one arts, humanities or social sciences subject at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe 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.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe 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.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

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.

Career opportunities

Our Drama graduates go on to work in a variety of roles – including performing, programming and producing – across many different sectors, such as the arts, media, publishing and teaching.

Recent Drama graduates have been hired by:

  • BBC
  • Electric Cinema
  • London Film Museum
  • National Theatre
  • Odeon
  • Shakespeare’s Globe.

Career support

You’ll have access to bespoke careers support during every step of your Drama degree, and a third-year module will prepare you for the transition from university to working life by researching career, entrepreneurial and postgraduate study prospects.

Our 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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  • Drama - BA (Hons)

  • Drama with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

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 35 in the world (QS World Rankings by Subject 2018). 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 lots of specialist staff, so you can study the topics that interest you. You’ll have tailored support, including individual feedback on your work, and there are opportunities to contribute to student publications.

We regularly host prominent writers and performers, and collaborate with high-profile organisations such as the V&A, the Barbican, the Southbank Centre and Shakespeare’s Globe.

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.

Contact us

School of English and Drama

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8571
Email: sed-admissions@qmul.ac.uk

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Why Queen Mary?

Fifth in the UK for percentage of research ranked 4* and 3* (REF 2014)

5th in the UK

Fifth in the UK for percentage of research ranked 4* and 3* (REF 2014)

Russell Group

Member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities

Global top 50

Global top 50

English, drama, and law ranked in the global top 50 (QS Subject rankings 2018)