Queen Mary University of London Drama

Queen Mary University of London Drama

Queen Mary University of London Drama


W400 BA (Hons) 3 years



Drama at QMUL provides you with the knowledge base and practical foundation to enable you to explore your performance interests from contemporary live art to historical drama.Our one-of-a-kind programme asks you to venture out of the studio and seminar room to see performance work in and outside of theatres. You’ll also be asked to investigate a wide range of related cultural practices and questions. How does a performance’s place in a city or community make a difference to how we understand it?

How might the arts be used to explore and contribute to social justice? What happens when we think about tourism, or political protest, or sport as performance? Why might a culture want to perform aspects of its past? Through making performance and through asking questions like these, you will become an independent critic and artist, gaining valuable skills and ideas for a future in the creative industries.

During your degree, you will explore historical and contemporary performance modes through a combination of practice and theory. You will develop the skills to articulate and argue a position through writing, and you will use your own performance work as a way of exploring questions about the world we live in.

Why study Drama at Queen Mary?

  • Our location – We offer you the opportunity to study drama in the cultural heart of London, one of the world’s greatest performance cities and home to many of Europe’s creative industries.
  • Industry links – We have well-established links with key national institutions such as Shakespeare’s Globe, Barbican, and Live Art Development Agency, as well as arts and community organisations in London’s East End.
  • Performance-makers as well as lecturers – You will work with active practitioners and arts professionals. As well as enhancing your studies, these links will increase your networking and work placement opportunities.
  • Lecturers who change the field – You will be studying alongside academics who are leaders in their field. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), we were ranked first of all the UK’s Drama and related departments for the quality of our research. Our staff use their own theoretical and practical research to inform their teaching and help you think in original ways.
  • Choice – Not everyone is interested in the same types of performance culture. Our diverse faculty offers a wide range of modules so you can pursue the areas that intrigue and engage you.


We aim to develop graduates who are scholar-artists, who excel in the world of ideas as well as on stage and in the studio. Your teaching will be active and dynamic, involving collaborative work with other students, while remaining focused on individual development. Teaching happens in small seminars, workshops, small lectures and tutorials. Some modules will also include field trips, visits to performances, and workshop activities outside QMUL (such as visits to local schools or arts organisations). These may sometimes be free; others will incur costs for students, including travel within London and the purchasing of tickets to shows and exhibitions (often at a group discount rate).


Assessment includes written and practical assignments, which might feature lecture-demonstrations, essays, critical reviews, funding applications and performances.

As drama frequently involves working with others, some assessment is based around group work.

For full information about life in the School and the programmes we offer, please see the School of English and Drama Website.

Study abroad

You can choose to apply for a four-year version of this degree with a full year abroad. We have links with universities around the world, including Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia (specific partnerships for each programme may vary).

While there are no extra tuition fees associated with these placements abroad, you will need to cover the cost of your transport to your destination and your living expenses, including accommodation.

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at QMUL.





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