Why study at Roehampton

  • We combine the best of traditional theatre studies, including comedies, musicals and playwriting
  • A work placement module provides experience in a theatre or performance organisation
  • Regular guest speakers from performance industries. Recent speakers have included: Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway (The National Theatre’s Black Plays), Georgia Dale (The Young Vic), Sam Stevenson (casting director for the BBC, ITV, Sky, RSC and the National Theatre)

This Drama Studies degree encourages curiosity and creativity, helping you express your ideas in writing, speech and performance. As well as learning about theatre history and performance, you will perform, critically analyse plays, performances and audiences, and have direct contact with drama and theatre professionals. The course includes regular field trips to institutions such as Battersea Arts Centre, the National Theatre, and the Southbank Centre, and free theatre tickets for some of London’s best shows.

If you have come from a vocational or industry related education background (e.g. BTEC Performing Arts), this programme is designed with you in mind. This course will build on the capabilities, expectations and ambitions that these more vocational qualifications provide.

Join us and you will study an ambitious, challenging and exciting BA programme that draws on the best that our University has to offer. Drama Studies focuses on enabling you to develop critical, practical, creative and well-informed responses to a range of professional contexts; while supporting the development of confidence in writing and other skills that are essential not only to professional life but full participation in contemporary citizenship.

You will focus on both performing and performance-making, but will also gain other skills and explore professional contexts that make up the diversity of contemporary drama and performance-related careers. You will learn include the conceptual, problem-solving and collaborative skills associated with cultural enterprise and arts management; the very particular challenges of self-organisation and engagement with others that belong to applied theatre work; as well as training in critical thinking, independent project work, group theatrical production for public performance, and work experience opportunities.

Your first year is about building confidence in written, spoken and public presentation, and broadening your knowledge. You will be making your own performances as well as learning about performance history and culture. A particular feature of the first year is a year-long module on London's Arts, including hands-on involvement with the city's incomparable range of activities and resources.

As well as being involved in devising a full-length theatre production, in your second year you will take a special module on Arts Management, which will give you a wide-ranging introduction to how theatre companies and other arts organisations are run, from budget management to marketing and audience development. In addition you can select from a wide variety of modules. Current examples include Music, Theatre and Performance, Design and Scenography and Contemporary British Drama.

In the third year the focus turns towards more independent work, including an Independent Project module, where you will develop a project appropriate to your future career ambitions. Working with our team of expert staff, you will also continue to explore our range of innovative and engaging modules which presently include Drama of the 60’s Counter-culture, Shakespeare and Contemporary Performance and Playwriting.



*In the Complete University Guide 2018, Roehampton is the highest-ranked modern university in London. Modern, or new, universities are defined as those granted university status post-1992. Complete University Guide does not itself define modern universities and does not produce a separate league table in which these are ranked.

Here is some of the varied range of modules we currently offer:

Year 1:

Thinking Through Theatre
Optional Modules
Critical Perspectives
Histories, Forms and Practices
Performance Laboratory

Year 3:

Compulsory Modules
Group Production Project
Work Placement

Optional Modules
Critical Perspectives
Theatre and Drama for the Young
Stages of Terror
Theatre and Landscape
Performance, Gender and Sexuality
Staging Multicultural Britain: Performance in a Postcultural Perspective
The Non-Human in Performance
The Theatre Image
Theatre and Religion
Leisure Industries, Escape and Experience
Theatre on the Move
Food and Performance

Histories, Forms & Practices
Shakespeare on Screen
Drama of the 60-s Counter-culture
Shakespeare and Contemporary Performance
Perfomance in an Age of Hip Hop
Romani/Gypsy Cultures in Performance
Theatre Criticism
Special Topic

Performance Laboratory
Race Writes Representation
Advanced Theatre Practices
Text Workshop
Performing Failure
Performance Non-Fiction: Biography Performance
Performing Comedy

Group Production Project
Applied Theatre/Community Performance: Perspectives and Methods
Work Placement

Research and Independent Study
Independent Project
Performance Practice as Research
Performance Documentation
Extended Dissertation


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

What our students say

"Drama Studies gives you the opportunity to find a career in something you love."

Angee Sanchez-Garcia, Drama Studies

Career options

Our drama graduates go on to work as performers, playwrights, theatre, casting or artistic directors, theatre or stage managers, scenic, lighting or sound designers, youth or community workers, festival organisers and drama therapists.

The University is currently undertaking a review of the curriculum of this programme to ensure it continues to reflect the latest updates and new developments in the subject area. This will mean that the content and structure of the programme will be different from that described above. Please contact us for more information.

UCAS code





Single honours

Entry tariff

96 points

Specific entry requirements »

General entry requirements »


Drama, Theatre and Performance


3 years (full-time)

Tuition fees

£9,250 (2018; UK/EU)»

£13,520 (2018; International)»

Cash scholarships and bursaries available»

Study Abroad

This course offers the opportunity to undertake a semester abroad as part of your degree.

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