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


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.

The University offers a comprehensive range of programmes in Irish in both part-time and full-time mode at a number of centres which serve a diverse constituency of students. The breadth of Irish language provision at Ulster and the practice amongst staff and students of the School of Irish Language and Literature of using Irish as a primary medium of communication reflects the University’s strong commitment to cultural and linguistic diversity within Northern Ireland.

Magee’s proximity to the Donegal Gaeltacht enhances its attractiveness as a base for studying Irish and Irish society. Language courses organised by Irish Studies staff in the Donegal Gaeltacht are an ideal chance to spend time with native speakers and increase your fluency and awareness of Gaeltacht life and culture. Students can opt to carry out research for their final-year sociological dissertations in Irish-speaking social contexts, such as in the Gaeltacht.

Ulster University is the largest provider of Irish at third level in Northern Ireland and you will find that students and staff on the Irish modules are only too willing to speak Irish with you at every opportunity.

Students study 2 modules per year enhancing oral and written fluency in contemporary Irish, exploring the place of the language in areas of Irish society such as education, the media and the legal system, and examining the role of the Irish language in Irish concepts of identity.

Taking Irish as a minor will allow you to develop core language skills in our Irish Language and Culture modules while affording you the opportunity to sample a range of genres from the Irish literary tradition in our Irish literature offerings. You will not only acquire communicative skills but you will learn important analytical techniques and the capacity to form coherent arguments in both spoken and written form. A minor in Irish comprises of two from the total of six modules you complete per year (students take three modules in total each semester). These draw on extensive staff expertise and internationally-recognised research.

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About this course

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Taking Drama as a Major subject in combination with another subject as a Minor allows you 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 of sectors. Depending on which Minor you take, you can therefore broaden your range of skills and knowledge or develop even further particular interests related to your proposed career.

There are particular areas of specialist Drama 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 Drama programmes are designed to develop your 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.

Structure & content

In Year 1 (Level 4), Major Drama students will take six compulsory modules, four in Drama and two in the Minor subject. These modules will provide a thorough grounding for more specialised modules in Years 2 and 3 (Levels 5 and 6).

In Years 2 and 3, students are able to select from modules such as Acting, Commedia dell'Arte, Directing, Site Specific Performance, Music Theatre, Dramaturgy, Arts Entrepreneurship, Theatre and Community, Educational Arts, Irish Theatre, Working Class Performance, North American Theatre, Writing for Stage and Screen, and Storytelling and Performance.

There is a compulsory Issues in Performance module at each level. This theoretical module will introduce you to new and challenging ways of thinking about and analysing plays and performance. Production Process and Arts Administration are also compulsory at Level 5.

Students on the programme will study Modern Irish language (grammar, pronunciation, writing) and Modern literature, as well as optional modules (depending on combination) in the development of the language since the Gaelic Revival, Irish Cultural Studies, Folklore, Irish Dialects and Translation. The literature modules will give you a solid understanding of writing in Irish from the early 20th century to the modern day, including the novel, short story, drama and verse, and the language modules will help you to achieve a high level of competence in written and spoken Irish.

Irish is available as a minor combination at Magee campus to supplement your major subject. This option enables you to advance your knowledge of the modern language and to learn about a range of aspects of the Irish literary tradition both historical and contemporary.

Associate awards

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

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3 years fulltime

Start dates

  • September 2018
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

The A Level requirement for this course is grades BBC∆ at A2 including grade B in Irish.

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


BTEC National Extended Diploma

A minimum of:

DMM including a minimum of 8 distinctions in level 3 units

The subject requirements for Irish must be satisfied by other qualifications.

BTEC National Diploma

The Diploma may be accepted in combination with the Irish grade B A level or equivalent qualification in Irish.

Our standard A level offer is BBC∆ with a B in Irish so candidates should present a profile of Diploma to satisfy the remaining BC grades of the standard A level offer profile (i.e. we normally ask for a Diploma at BC equivalent which is a Distinction, Merit award that includes 5-6 units at distinction).

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)

The subject requirements for Irish must be satisfied by other qualifications.

∆ = 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 the University.


The SubDip/National Extended Certificate may be accepted in combination with A levels or equivalent qualifications. 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 (to include Irish) with the SubDip offer at the appropriate differential to satisfy the A level grade profile - grade C).

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

The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is grades

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4 at Higher to include grade H3 in Irish

Scottish Highers

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


The Irish subject requirements must be satsfied by other qualifications.

∆ = 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) as defined by the University.

Scottish Advanced Highers

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


The Irish subject requirements must be satisfied by other qualifications

∆ = 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) as defined by the University.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum of:

25 points to include 12 at higher level

The Irish subject requirements must be satisfied from other qualifications.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Access to Higher Education

For Access qualifications validated by Ulster University or QUB the entry requirement is:

An overall mark of 65%. The Irish subject requirements must be satisfied from other qualifications.

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

Award of the HE Diploma in a related subject area, achieving a minimum of 18 credits at distinction and 24 credits at merit in the 45 level 3 graded credits. The Irish subject requirements must be satisfied from other qualifications.


Please refer to the University’s general entrance requirements.

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 award (for entry to Year 1 ). Candidates must fulfill the subject requirements for Irish via other qualifications.


Applicants holding a HNC with overall Merit award will be considered on an individual basis for Year 1 entry only. Candidates may fulfill the subject requirement for Irish via other qualifications.

Foundation Degree

Applicants studying on Ulster Foundation Degree courses should achieve an overall mark of 55% in level 5 modules for Year 1 entry only. Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish via other qualifications.

Diploma in Irish

Applicants who hold the Ulster University Diploma in Irish will be considered for year one entry.

Accreditation of Experiential Learning

The University will consider applications on the basis of experiential learning for those who do not hold the normal entry qualifications. Those applicants seeking entry with advanced standing, (eg. Transfer from another institution) will be considered on an individual basis.

Exemptions and transferability

Studies pursued and examinations passed in respect of other qualifications awarded by the University or by another university or other educational institution, or evidence from the accreditation of prior experiential learning, may be accepted as exempting candidates from part of an approved programme provided that they shall register as students of the University for modules amounting to at least the final third of the credit value of the award at the highest level.

Although students may transfer out of the programme to other courses within the University, transfer in is subject to this condition.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Employment opportunities exist in a wide range of areas including education, the media, publishing, government, librarianship and various areas of business.

The employability profile of our students in recent years has been more than impressive, with a disproportional number of our ex-students holding senior positions in Irish language organisations throughout Ireland.

Students completing a course with Irish as a minor are well equipped to undertake postgraduate work in relevant areas of study. A degree containing a significant element of Irish equips you for the wide variety of careers that require advanced communicative skills, both written and oral, including teaching, broadcasting, translation, publishing, journalism, community development and civil service.


How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

Start dates

  • September 2018

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00  Discounts available
£13,240.00  Scholarships available

Additional mandatory costs

Students visit the Gaeltacht for a week in the Autumn and in the Spring each year. The cost of each course is circa £125 to cover travel, accommodation, food, activities, excursions and classes.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. 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.


For further information about this programme, contact the School of Creative Arts and Technologies on +44 (0)28 7167 5133 or email Catherine Russell at

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Name: Luke Merritt

Course: Drama

Campus: Magee

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time

Background: I am a 21 year old second year Drama student from England. I love travelling and experiencing new life and culture - and that’s how I ended up in Ulster Uni!

Why did you choose Ulster?

I chose Ulster for the experience of moving away from my comfort zone; to try out a totally new environment far from home. I also enjoy the way the university helps me to shape my own learning - I can shape my career goals tailor the course to my needs/interests.

How do you think studying at Ulster has prepared you for your future career?(e.g. work placement, careers advice/guidance, opportunities available)

We have a lot of work where we work closely with others, so I’ve learnt about how to work on a professional level with a team. The course is challenging but a lot of fun; so I’ve learnt how to work to targets and under pressure. There’s always a sense that I’m part of a bigger community at this uni, that I am making some small difference, which I love.

Describe the support you have received at Ulster.(e.g. from lecturers, fellow students, support services, Students’ Union)

The students union have been great in helping me settle over the past year, with meet ups and events through the year. Lecturers have also supported me through tough times and think outside my usual zones - I always feel able to talk to someone if theres ever a problem.

What university facilities or resources do you find most useful and why?

I find the 24 hour computer labs hugely beneficial - sometimes you just need a bit of time in a lab environment to get some quiet work done and focus. The library is also really well stocked and helps me concentrate. I also love the fact we have access to the Foyle Arts building most of the time; it feels like our building, which really personalises this degree journey for me.

Why did you choose to study at Magee/Coleraine?(If you live in halls, describe what student accommodation is like.)

I love Derry as a city; it is vibrant, unique and steeped in culture and history. There is always something going on and I still haven’t seen it all, which I love! I love the challenge of studying at Ulster, and the academic and personal awards at the end of each semester!

Why would you recommend Ulster?

Ulster is a fresh, modern university that really does welcome everyone. They understand that their students want the opportunity to shape their own futures and they help every step of the way. They want their students to succeed beyond university and they really make me feel part of a community - a living uni world where everything is constantly changing!