A Joint Honours degree programme involves the study of two subjects to Honours degree level. If you study a subject in a Joint Honours programme, you work at exactly the same level and to the same academic standard as students taking that subject in a Single Honours programme. Joint Honours students are simply required to choose fewer topics from the range of options available in each half of the programme.

Our Drama and Theatre Arts programme aims to provide you with a grounding in the arts involved in performance and theatre. We offer a combination of core courses in practical and theoretical aspects of the subject. In a Joint Honours degree you can study drama together with another subject, which has equal weighting in terms of commitment and assessment to your work in Drama and Theatre Arts.

Career opportunities

By the end of the programme you will have acquired skills that will be useful in a wide variety of fields including education, the media, public relations and arts administration, as well as enabling you to progress to professional drama and theatre arts opportunities, or further training in acting and directing for theatre and television.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline None, but early application advised Tuition fee Not specified Start date September 2015 Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

First year

This is a foundation year and helps students acquire a common language of analysis and performance. Practical courses are offered in Theatre Practices (physical approaches and Stanislavski-based techniques), Theoretical courses include the Dramatic Medium

Second year

The second year builds on the foundation work of the first year and also provides opportunities to develop practical specialisms in areas such as:

  • Directing

  • Playwriting

  • Physical Theatre

  • Advanced Acting

  • Mask and Mime

As well as choosing study options in subjects as diverse as:

  • Shakespeare on Film

  • Performing Objects Puppets

  • Automata

  • Robots

  • Melodrama

  • Contemporary Performance

Practical modules are taught by core staff and visiting professional practitioners; study modules are taught by academic staff who are researching and publishing in that particular field of inquiry.

Third year

A wide variety of practical options are available, such as:

  • Directing

  • Playwriting

  • Creative Industries

  • Contemporary Performance

In addition, students can opt to take part in one of a series of public performances as one of their major practical options. These productions are directed by experienced members of staff or visiting professional directors and are supported by our full-time production staff and theatre crafts students. They can range from contemporary or historical texts, to devised, site-specific pieces, to theatre in education productions. Study options are diverse and include:

  • Popular Theatre

  • Contemporary Theatre

  • Shakespeare on Film

  • Performing Objects: (Automata)

We have work familiarisation opportunities available with the BBC Drama Village for second- and third-year students. There are also work experience placements available at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Birmingham Hippodrome.

Teaching and assessment

Students are assessed through essays, seminar presentations, contributions to class discussion, performance and other assessment tasks; including an end of programme, dissertation.

UK requirements for international applications

Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


English Language Requirements

CAE score : 80(Grade A)

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


Number of A levels required: 3

Typical offer: AAB-ABB

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 34-36 points

Additional information:

Typical offer grades are for guidance only, and will depend on the subjects you are combining. Please read the entries for both subjects. Where there is a disparity between the typical offer for Subject A and the typical offer for Subject B, the higher offer should be taken as the usual offer for the combination of the two
Other qualifications are considered.

International students:

Standard English language requirements apply: IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band; TOEFL IBT 93

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

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  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

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* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Birmingham.

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