Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies


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  • Gain an in-depth understanding of practice and theory with our stimulating range of modules.
  • Work with leading researchers, writers and practitioners in the field.
  • Undertake a work placement in a creative arts organisation or in teaching (recent opportunities with The People Show, Chelsea Theatre and Live Art Development Agency).
  • Trips to see a wide range of London theatre shows are part of the course. 
  • Roehampton is in the top five universities in England for graduate earnings in drama (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2020 results, earnings five years after graduation).
  • 95% satisfaction with the learning resources on this course (NSS 2019)


With a location within one of the world’s most exciting performance cities, staff who 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 here at Roehampton.

This degree provides you with a breadth of understanding of theatre and performance around the world, a heightened socio-political awareness, a thorough grounding in rigorous approaches to performance-making and writing, and a lifelong, critically-informed appreciation and enjoyment of theatrical performance. 

To enrich your learning, your course includes tickets to a range of theatre productions, as well as trips to exhibitions and other cultural events. You will visit some of London’s most well-known theatres, seeing a variety of high-profile shows, thought-provoking plays and cutting-edge performance events.

We also offer regular workshop and seminar sessions with 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.

Students on this course are significantly more satsified with their engagement with the University, including interactions with academic staff and the skills they develop, than the national average for this subject (UK Engagement Survey, 2018 results).

Year one

  • Begin exploring a wide range of performance practices, histories and contexts.
  • Watch and discuss theatre, read, explore and stage plays, and write, devise and perform your own work. 

Year two

  • Focus your interests through a wide selection of practical and theoretical modules. You might investigate directing, acting, comedy, gender in performance, or the way performance operates in public life.
  • Working as an ensemble, devise a production you will then perform as part of the ROPE festival at the end of the year. 
  • Create responses to performance, from ‘framing materials’ to promote and respond to your work (such as a website, artists’ book or blog/vlog), to post-show discussions or site-specific events. 

Year three

  • Work with established professional theatre companies on a work placement, developing your career skills.
  • Complete your final research project, where you will write a play or dissertation, create a performance, or produce a practice-as-research project that mixes genres and media – producing work you can use as a 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

Compulsory modules (single honours)
Encountering Theatre: Performances in a Global Context
Theatre Workshop 1
Writing In Performance
Performance and History: Diversifying the Canon
Theatre Workshop 2
Production Project 1

Compulsory modules (combined honours)
Encountering Theatre: Performances in a Global Context
Performance and History: Diversifying the Canon
Production Project 1

Year 2

Compulsory Modules (single honours)
Critical Frameworks
Engaging Performance

Compulsory Modules (single and combined honours)
Production Project 2

Optional Modules
Students then take one module (20 credits) from each of the following groups:

Advanced Theatre Workshop
Advanced Theatre Workshop: Acting
Advanced Theatre Workshop: Directing
Advanced Theatre Workshop: Design

Theatre Investigations
Theatre Investigations: Genres and Cultures
Theatre Investigations: Diverse Identities
Theatre Investigations: Histories and Geographies

Year 3

Compulsory module (single and combined honours)
Work Placement

Optional modules
Single honours students take at least 40 credits from each group. Combined honours students take at least 20 credits from each group.

Contemporary Issues in Performance
Acting for Activists
Archival Encounters
Experiments in Performance and Failure
Theatre and the World
Performance, Gender and Sexuality
The Theatre Image
Performance, Leisure and Tourism
Drama of the '60s Counter-culture
Race Writes Representation
Shakespeare and Contemporary Performance
Theatre Criticism
Special Topic
Special Topic: Performance Countercultures

Independent Learning 
Production Project 3 (Group or Solo)
Production Project 3 (Group or Solo)


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.

The Roehampton Performance Festival (ROPE) shows work created by students from across our drama courses. Featuring devised performances, plays, site-specific events, live art, stand-up and shows by student societies, the festival explores contemporary experiences, ideas and issues. You can view photos of the 2018 ROPE Festival here.

The People Show is the UK’s longest-running experimental theatre company, with a rich legacy of performance dating back to 1966. They have played a fundamental role in the evolution of British performance art and collaborative theatre, creating performances in theatres, fields, telephone boxes, streets, and even on water.

Since 2011 our students have had the opportunity to collaborate with the People Show on a summer-term project in year three. It’s an exciting and enriching process, giving them the experience of working closely with a well-respected theatre company.

People Show 136 at the Cinema Museum, 2018
Final-year students perform with People Show at the magnificent Cinema Museum in London.

The Horniman Museum, 2017 
Performance at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in a production with People Show, as part of the Museums at Night festival. 

People Show 131: Putney Library, 2016
A devised site-specific show created with People Show in and around Putney Library as part of Wandsworth Arts Festival 2016.

Career options

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

You could also go on to a master’s degree in theatre or postgraduate training in teaching or dramatherapy.

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

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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.