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Develop creative skills through performance, taught by internationally recognized researchers.


Study Drama at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

Drama in the School of Creative Arts and Technologies provides an exciting and challenging programme with an emphasis on contemporary performance practices. Our approach to teaching and learning integrates theories and practices of performance in order to extend our understanding of Drama as an art form in its social, political and cultural contexts.

Our expert lecturing staff are internationally-recognised researchers with a range of industry-related experience. Students are able to take advantage of our nationally-acknowledged teaching expertise and will have opportunities to extend their experience of contemporary performance practices through contact with part time staff and key visiting lecturers. The Drama programmes benefit from extensive links with theatre practitioners and key Irish theatre companies, who use our spaces for performances and delivering practice-based workshops.

Drama allows students to learn in a rigorous and stimulating environment where they are encouraged to develop essential skills as thinking creative practitioners.

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About this course

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The single subject degree in Drama allows students to develop a broad base of knowledge of Drama practices and systematic approaches to the analysis of works in performance. Students are therefore able to prepare themselves for the kinds of mosaic careers characteristic of the creative industries, and increasingly more common across a range fo sectors.

There are particular areas of specialist practice which can be developed as students progress through each level of the degree. So, while we do not provide conservatoire training for actors, students may wish to specialise in modules focused on performance, for example.

All students develop a core set of academic skills in research, analysis and communication in written and oral formats. Alongside these, each student will also develop transferable skills in group work, project management, problem-solving and the use of key technologies.

The BA Drama programme is designed specifically to facilitate the development of students' ability to work independently. While students are offered extensive support and guidance throughout their studies, the programme also places increasing emphasis on the development of those skills necessary to carry out rigorous and sustained independent research and practice. In this way, students develop key skills alongside foundational professional competencies they can draw on in their future careers.


Students are expected to be in attendance during the normal working week. In line with the University’s attendance policy, attendance at all taught sessions is compulsory. In addition, students working on projects and in independent work may be required to attend for group meetings and rehearsals in the evenings and, occasionally, at weekends.

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

A grade range is in operation for this course

The A Level requirement for this course is grades BBC∆-BBB∆ at A2.

∆ = Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the final A level grade in the above grade profiles (C or B grade) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.


A grade range is in operation for this course.

BTEC Extended Diploma

A minimum of:

DMM including a minimum of 8 distinctions in level 3 units


DDM award profile to include a minimum of 9 distinctions in level 3 units.

BTEC Diploma

The Diploma may be accepted in isolation (the award profile of D*D* including a minimum of 10 distinctions in level 3 units) or in combination with A levels or equivalent qualifications.

Where an applicant presents a profile of Diploma with an A level then we normally make an offer whereby the Diploma must satisfy the higher end of the standard A level offer profile (i.e. if our standard A level offer is BBC∆ then we normally ask for a Diploma at BB equivalent which is a Distinction, Merit award that includes 6 units at distinction, and the A level at the final grade of the standard A level grade profile, grade C∆).

A*A* = Distinction*, Distinction* (plus 10 units at distinction)

BB= Distinction , Merit (plus 6 units at distinction)

BC = Distinction, Merit (plus 5 units at distinction)

CC = Merit, Merit (plus 10 units at merit)

∆ = Diploma and Sub-Dip applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - C or B) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.


The SubDip may be accepted in combination with A levels. A levels should be achieved at the upper end of the standard A level offer profile (i.e. if two A levels are offered with a SubDip and our standard A level offer is BBC then we normally ask for BB at A level with the SubDip offer at the appropriate differential to satisfy the A level grade profile).

A* = Distinction* (To include 5 units at distinction)

A = Distinction (To include 4 units at distinction)

B = Distinction (To include 3 units at distinction)

C = Merit (To include 5 units at merit)

Irish Leaving Certificate

A grade range is in operation for this course.

The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is grades



B2,B2,B2,B2,B2 at higher level.

Scottish Highers

A grade range is in operation for this course

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is a minimum of grades




∆ = Applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the above grade profiles by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard (equating to A-level grade C or B) as defined by UCAS.

Scottish Advanced Highers

A grade range is in operation for this course.

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is a minimum of grades




∆ = Applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the above grade profiles by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard (equating to A-level grade C or B) as defined by UCAS.

International Baccalaureate

A grade range is in operation for this course.

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum of:

25 points to include 12 at higher level


26 points to include 13 at higher level.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

A grade range is in operation for this course.

For Access qualifications validated by Ulster University or QUB the entry requirement is currently under review with UCAS for 2017 entry. Please refer to the Equivalence of Qualifications for indicative requirement

For GB QAA accredited Higher Education Diploma qualifications the entry requirement is as follows:

Overall pass in a related subject area, achieving merit or distinction in all of the 45 level 3 graded credits (plus English level 2 equivalences where required).

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements


Applicants holding a HND should achieve an overall merit for entry to Year 1. Those applicants holding a subject-related HND with an overall merit may be considered for entry to Year 2.


Applicants holding a HNC should achieve an overall distinction for entry to Year 1 only.

Foundation Degree

Applicants holding a Foundation Degree should achieve an overall average of 50-55% in second year modules for Year 1 entry. Those applicants holding a subject-related Foundation Degree may be considered for entry to Year 2.

Experiential Learning

The University will consider applications on the basis of experiential learning for those who do not hold the normal entry qualifications.

Transfer from degree level study at other institutions

Those applicants seeking entry with advanced standing, (eg. Transfer from another institution or year 2 entry) will be considered on an individual basis.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Our Drama graduates work in the professional theatre as actors, directors, writers and stage managers. They also work too as teachers, college and university lecturers, drama therapists or community artists. They have found work with: Kabosh Theatre Company, Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, the Millennium Forum, Jigsaw Productions, Lyric Theatre, In Yer Space, BBC, Derry Playhouse, amongst others. They have set up their own businesses, founded theatre companies, been employed in various media posts, management, theatre management, arts administration, and the civil service.

Our graduates progress to postgraduate study and training such as at the University of Exeter, University of Warwick, Central School of Speech and Drama, Atlantic Acting School, Gaiety School of Acting, The Drama Studio, University of Manchester, and a range of PGCE courses in England and Scotland.

Because of the range of transferable skills associated with drama - skills in communication, analysis, creative thinking, team management - you will also be equipped to work in a range of non-specialist careers.

Drama graduates have amongst the best rates of employment amongst all arts and humanities graduates in the UK.

For information on postgraduate research opportunities see:


How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Tuition fees shown are for last years entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing and may be subject to an annual increase. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study. Read our Tuition Fees Payment Policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.


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