The Drama degree at Queen Mary studies performance in a variety of cultures and historical periods. It is taught as an active and dynamic subject involving collaborative work with other students, while remaining focused on individual development.
The programme offers both practical and theoretical investigation into the ways in which drama and performance can be used in different settings – art galleries, schools, prisons, warehouses, museums, and the street, as well as theatres, across the UK and internationally. Through a grounded exploration of the act of performance, you are encouraged to become a scholar-artist with your own interests and expertise.
In the first year of study you are provided with an introduction to the study of drama and performance, which combines both practical and theoretical approaches. You will take seven compulsory modules:
Making Theatre (DRA116) [Click to show/hide module description]
Interventions (DRA120) [Click to show/hide module description]
Popular Theatre and Performance (DRA119) [Click to show/hide module description]
Cultural Histories of Theatre (DRA115) [Show/hide module description]
London/Culture/Performance (DRA114) [Show/hide module description]
Practices (DRA117) [Show/hide module description]
Performance Texts in Practice (DRA118) [Show/hide module description]
These modules give you an introduction to the study of drama and performance, which combines both practical and theoretical approaches. They 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 to explore key practical and theoretical issues around the making and doing of performance.
Years Two and Three
In you second and third years you will have the opportunity to explore the aspects of drama and performance that intrigue you most.
In year two you will take three compulsory modules:
Cultural Politics and Performance (DRA259) [Click to show/hide module description]
Group Practical Project (DRA242) [Click to show/hide module description]
London/Archives/Resources (DRA260) [Click to show/hide module description]
You will also typically take an additional two 15-credit seminar modules and one 30-credit practical module.
In your final year, we offer three research projects. You will take at least one of these modules. You can elect to take the Written Research Project and EITHER the Practice-Based Research Project OR the Performance Company Research Project if you wish. You cannot take both the Practice-Based Research Project and the Performance Company Research Project.
Written Research Project (DRA329) [Click to show/hide module description]
Practice-Based Research Project (DRA344) [Click to show/hide module description]
Performance Company Research Project (DRA353) [Click to show/hide module description]
You will also take the compulsory, but non-assessed, module:
Livelihoods (DRA346) [Click to show/hide module description]
You will also take an additional 90 credits (or 60 credits if you're taking two research projects) typically balancing seminar and practical modules.
The optional modules you study in your second and third year are up to you. After consultation with your personal advisor, you will design a programme of study for yourself by choosing from a lengthy list of optional modules. This programme of study will include a mixture of practice-based and seminar-based modules.
We typically require 320-340 UCAS points, with at least an A in an Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences subject. For more information, see our section on Entry Requirements.
Length of course:
Opportunity to study abroad:
Queen Mary offers you the opportunity to apply to join the International Exchange Programme, enabling you to spend a semester at a university abroad.
You will find extensive information on fees and finance on the main College website.