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Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
October 2022

October 2023

October 2024
Drama & Theatre

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Drama & Theatre

Explore theatre and performance, learn about the origins of current practices, and develop your hands-on skills in making new work.

Liverpool Hope University’s creative community is internationally renowned and world-leading in drama research and practice. You will develop your acting and directing skills, your ability to facilitate drama sessions, your devising skills as well as improving your critical and reflective writing skills. We make full use of the many theatre venues in Liverpool, from the traditional to the experimental as well as our own Capstone Theatre and several well equipped studio theatre spaces dedicated for student use.

Throughout your time at Liverpool Hope University you will be asked to explore performance in relation to historical and contemporary social and ethical contexts, helping you to understand the critical place of the performing arts in twenty-first century society. Our motto is to ‘educate in the round’, meaning you will develop aesthetic and social skills as a potential future leader in the subject of drama.

Admission requirements

  • A-Levels - BBC
  • UCAS Tariff Points - 112 UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications
  • BTEC - DMM
  • Access to HE - 112 Tariff Points
  • IB - 28
  • Irish Leaving Certificate - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
  • Welsh Baccalaureate - This qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
  • Subject Requirements - If you are studying the Single Honours degree, you will be required to attend an audition.

International entry requirements

IELTS - 6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5. We also accept a wide range of International Qualifications.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year One

Introductions to Drama & Theatre

In your first year, you will be introduced to key texts (for example, from ancient Greece, Shakespeare, Willy Russell) and approaches to staging drama, its histories and contemporary practices. Liverpool has a rich, creative history which we use to help equip you with essential subject-knowledge as well as developing your understanding of making creative work within a major world city. You will be busy devising your own work too in seminars and tutorials using a wide range of drama techniques and practices from our in-house experts and invited speakers from the fields of professional theatre.

Year Two

Explorations in Drama & Theatre

Your second year invites you to investigate the key areas of drama production today: traditional theatre work, applied theatre practices and contemporary performance. Your lecturers, who publish and practice in these areas, will guide you through the exciting opportunities offered to artists within these areas as well as equipping you with the diverse backgrounds and rich histories of these practices. You also begin to investigate a ‘signature practice’ – meaning, you get to start thinking about what kind of theatre artist you would like to become in the third and final year of your degree.

Year Three

Advanced Studies in Drama & Theatre

Your final year gives you the opportunity to specialise (or ‘develop your signature practice’).

Advanced Playing the Classics gives you the opportunity to adapt a classical play for a contemporary audience.

Advanced Community and Applied Drama gives you the opportunity to set up a theatre company and deliver a drama programe for a group or community in the city.

Advanced Contemporary Performance affords you the opportunity to work towards solo and group performances, performed for public viewing.

All areas enable you to acquire the performance and project-management skills to stage your new work effectively.

You will also undertake a dissertation study supervised and supported by a leading thinker in the field of drama from within the school of Creative and Performing Arts.

Also in your final year, you will take technique-focused classes to hone your skills in movement and ensemble work. You can also opt to study directing with a cast of first year students, work intensively towards the public rehearsal of a scene from classic drama, or create a solo spoken-word storytelling show.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


The tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.

If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.

The International Tuition fees for 2022/23 are £12,500.


The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programe involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component.

Career paths

There is a range of career opportunities available to Drama and Theatre graduates. For many of our students, their degree will lead to a PGCE, and a rewarding career in teaching. Other graduates choose to work with young people or communities across a range of settings, as applied drama practitioners in the areas of youth work, addiction and recovery, and theatre-in-education. For some, professional training in dramatherapy will offer a pathway to using healing aspects of drama as part of the therapeutic process. Many of our graduates take up front-line roles across the creative industries; as actors, performance-makers, stage-managers, writers, and directors. Some choose to form their own theatre companies, creating touring or site-specific performances across the UK. Jobs in creative development, audience engagement, and arts management are also exciting destinations for graduates. Or, if you wish, a Drama degree equips you to take up the challenge of postgraduate study.

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Liverpool Hope University

With a history extending 175 years, Liverpool Hope has developed a strong tradition of scholarship and research in key disciplines. The University places emphasis on bringing together research excellence and top-quality teaching. This research-informed teaching enables our students to develop...

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Why study at Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University is a vibrant community of scholars, students and support staff. We are proud of our past, confident in our present and ambitious for our future.

With a history extending over 175 years, Liverpool Hope has developed a distinctive ethos that brings together scholarship, research and teaching.

Just one in five UK Higher Education providers achieved the gold standard, which measures excellence in teaching quality, learning environment, and student outcomes - the extent to which all students achieve their educational and professional goals. The city of Liverpool is a wonderful place to study. With a rich culture and heritage and an International airport on the doorstep, why study anywhere else?

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Liverpool Hope University

Hope Park Campus
L16 9JD Liverpool
United Kingdom

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