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Drama and History

Entry Year: 2022

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Drama and History BA (Hons)

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BA (Hons)
3 years
September 2022
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Drama and History with Year Abroad BA (Hons)

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BA (Hons)
4 years
September 2022
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Explore the relationship between drama and history with this interdisciplinary programme

Our BA Drama and History programme gives you the opportunity to explore theatre and the times and places in which it has happened.  You will investigate the fascinating relationship between performance and history, through lectures, seminars, making performance, field work and more.  You will study compulsory History and Drama modules, while gaining increasing freedom to study the topics and historical periods that interest you most over the course of the degree—whether that’s discovering what it was like to go to the theatre in nineteenth-century London, delving into the relationship between empire and performance, and more.  Queen Mary's work in both Drama and History is internationally renowned, you will be taught by some of the world’s leading academics and artists in both subjects, who will help you develop into informed critics, historians, performance makers and writers.

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Year 1

You will take these compulsory modules:

  • London/Culture/Performance (15 credits)
  • Beyond Acting (30 credits)
  • Power Plays (15 credits)
  • History in Practice (15 credits)
  • Either Unravelling Britain: British History since 1801 or Global Encounters: conquest and Culture in World History (both 15 credits)

You choose your remaining 30 credits from a selection of Level 4 History modules that changes each year. 


Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

In Drama you must take at least one of the following modules:

  • Culture, Power, Performance (15 credits)
  • Group Practical Project (30 credits)

You then select your remaining credits from a selection of Level 5 Drama modules that changes each year. Modules may include:

  • Art and the Climate Crisis
  • Action Design
  • Race and Racism in Performance
  • Theatre, Experiment and Revolution 
  • Performing Personae
  • Performance and Visual Culture in South Asia
  • Voice, Gender and Performance

In History you will take this compulsory module:

  • History Research Project

You then select your remaining credits from a selection of Level 5 History modules that changes every year. Modules may include: 

  • A Century of Extremes: Germany 1890–1990 
  • Angels, Spinsters and Whores: British Women and Gender from Victoria to the Vote 
  • Chartists, Rebels and Suffragettes: Democracy in Britain, 1830–1928 
  • London on Film: Representing the City in British and American Cinema 
  • Race in the United States: Plantation Slavery to #BlackLivesMatter 
  • The Buildings of London I: From the Ashes of Fire to the Capital of Empire 
  • Violence and Modernity in Twentieth-Century India 
  • Women and Gender in Medieval Islam


Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

You choose at least one from:

  • Drama Written Research project (cannot be taken alongside History Special Subject)
  • Drama Practice-based Research project
  • History Special Subject (cannot be taken alongside Drama 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:

  • Applied Performance
  • Making Site-Specific Performance
  • Performance Composition
  • Performance in the Gallery
  • Verbatim, Testimonial, Tribunal
  • Culture, Performance and Globalisation
  • Feeling It: Emotion and Sensation in the Theatre
  • Live Art: Then and Now
  • Offstage London
  • Show Business: Theatre and Capitalism
  • Gotham: The Making of New York City 1825 – 2001
  • The Body in Science, Medicine and Culture since 1832
  • The Germans and the Jews since 1871
  • The History of Emotions
  • The World that Jane Austen Knew: Women, Gender and Culture in England
  • Totalitarianism: History & Theory of Twentieth Century Authoritarian Politics
  • Witches, Demons and Magic in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

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, lectures, studio-based workshops and workshops outside Queen Mary. 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 four to six 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 Schools offer excellent on-campus resources to support your studies, including:

  • access to the Film and Drama Studio
  • performance spaces, including rehearsal rooms and fully equipped studio theatres
  • opportunities to act, direct, stage manage through the Queen Mary Theatre Company
  • opportunities to meet visiting experts including artists, directors, producers, playwrights, activists and filmmakers
  • proximity to specialist archives and collections such as the BFI Archive, National Theatre, Live Art Development Agency Study Room, Women’s Library and Black Cultural Archives
  • access to Senate House Library and the British Library

Entry requirements


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.


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.


Our BA in Drama and History encourages you to develop a life-long love for learning and equips you with a set of rigorous analytical, communication and performance skills, research skills and understanding of the modern world, negotiating and leadership skills that come with the experience of working in groups, and respect for the opinions of others and a willingness to act inclusively. This gives graduates some particularly sought-after qualities in the workplace.  Graduates of the Drama and History degree might find employment in areas such as theatre and performance, cultural industries, the third sector, business, journalism and the media, education, museums and archives, government or public relations.

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

Career support

You’ll have access to bespoke careers support during every step of your degree, including personal academic support from experts in both history and English literature. A practical 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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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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