UndergraduateDrama, Theatre and Performance Studies

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  • 94% of our graduates in work or further study within six months (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education 2016 results).
  • 97% student satisfaction on this course (National Student Survey 2017 results).
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of practice and theory with our stimulating range of innovative modules.
  • You'll work with leading researchers, writers and practitioners in the field.
  • You will have opportunities to gain work experience in teaching or in creative arts organisations (recent opportunities were with The People Show, Chelsea Theatre and Live Art Development Agency).
  • The chance to do a work placement module in your final year. 


This exciting Drama, Theatre and Performance degree offers an approach to thinking about and creating theatre and performance. With a location so close to one of the most well-known and respected performance cities, staff that are passionate about, and experts in their field, and a curriculum of exciting and varied modules, you are sure to develop your love and knowledge of performance at Roehampton.

Through performance studies of both historical and contemporary practices, you will develop creative, practical and critical skills. This course gives you the opportunity to put your ideas into practice through regular opportunities to perform, create and devise work. Studying Drama, Theatre and Performance will open your eyes to a wide range of career possibilities in the cultural sector and allow you to engage with leading arts industry professionals.

To enrich your learning, visits to a range of performances, exhibitions and other cultural events will be integral to your studies, with nothing extra to pay. These range from some of London’s best shows, to thought-provoking local productions.

We also offer regular events, career development activities and workshop/seminar sessions by visiting artists and scholars, hosted by the Centre for Performance & Creative Exchange, the main forum for our lively research culture and the base for over 40 artists and researchers following our MA/MRes and MPhil/PhD courses.

During your three years with us you will be taught by staff that are passionate about their field, and who have a diverse range of research interests. Staff on the programme were judged as conducting research that is "world-leading" and "internationally excellent" in the most recent national Research Assessment Exercise.

In your first year, you will be introduced to a wide range of performance histories and practices and will have the opportunity to devise and perform your own work. You will take the making of theatre back to its basics, exploring seminal plays and ways in which performance shapes culture, including beyond the arts. You will also have the opportunity to meet actors, writers, directors, producers, independent performance artists, arts administrators, venue managers and educators – and hear how their working lives have taken shape.

The second year gives you the chance to focus your interests through a wide range of modules grouped into four themes: Critical Perspectives; Histories, Forms and Practices; Performance Laboratory, which uses the studio as a laboratory for the practical examination of performance codes; and Production, focussed on performances designed for public presentation. Current modules available include topics as diverse as stage design, digital media and the history of comedy.

In year 3, you will focus in more depth on the four themes, and also undertake a research project. New modules are introduced on a regular basis and are informed by current staff research. You can expect to engage with ideas and approaches at the cutting edge of the performing arts, from animal/cyborg performance to post-colonial theatre. You will have the chance to work with established professional theatre companies on a Work Placement module, developing your career skills. Your final project will involve writing a play or a dissertation or creating a practice-as-research project that mixes genres and media – making work that you can use as springboard for your next move after graduation.

Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

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

Year 1

Thinking Through Theatre
Stages and Staging 1
Stages and Staging 2
Engaging Performance 1: Questioning Performance
Engaging Performance 2: Performance Fieldwork
Contemporary Professional Practices

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Critical Frameworks

Optional Modules

Critical Perspectives
Arguments for Comedy
Riots, Censorship and Offence
Representing Women: Feminist Perspectives on Drama, Theatre and Performance
Theatre and the American Dream
Race, Ethnicity and Representation
Community Drama and Theatre

Histories, Forms and Practices
Mapping Modern Drama
Postmodernism and Performance
Music, Theatre and Performance
Modernism, Performance and the Avant-Garde
Contemporary British Drama
Theatre and Interculturalism
Performance and Live Art
Classical Greek and Roman Drama in Context
Staging Gender: Shakespeare to Behn

Performance Laboratory
In the Beginning was Sound
New Media in Performance
Early Modern Practice
Performance, Culture and the Poetics of the Everyday: Field Methods in Performance Studies
Contemporary Devising Strategies
Adaptation for the Theatre
Installation Art
Performance, Urbanism and the Everyday
Voice in Dramatic Performance
Approaches to Directing
Practical Approaches to Acting
Design and Scenography

Studio Theatre Production
Site Specific Theatre Production

Year 3

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.

You will be equipped to work in performing arts, playwriting, arts journalism, theatre, casting, stage management, scenic, lighting or sound design, events management, and leisure and tourism.

*What is validation?
As a requirement of its registration with the Office for Students, the University is required to comply with a quality and standards condition which includes a requirement to have well-designed programmes giving a high quality academic experience. In order to discharge this responsibility, the University conducts regular and systematic monitoring and reviewing of programmes and implements changes considered necessary as a result (‘re-validation’). This programme is currently undergoing a re-validation exercise and may therefore change. The University will publish details of the amended programme which it anticipates will be by 28 February in the academic year prior to the start date of the course. You are advised to check the University website then to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information, you should contact 0208 392 3232.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.