Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Degree level: Undergraduate

Acting and Performance

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Course summary

This new degree will draw on QMU’s rich and highly respected teaching expertise within the performing arts. This exciting degree will combine intensive actor training with options that allow you to expand your skills to include areas such as community theatre, playwriting, directing, devising and creative entrepreneurship. The rich and varied curriculum means that the course will not only provide a distinctive and complementary course of actor training in the conservatoire tradition but will also provide you with the knowledge and skills required for the diverse range of ways in which you might wish to develop your career as an actor. Our teaching staff will use practice-led methods to explore the ways in which the skills you have already developed through further education can be modified and made appropriate to the constraints of different contexts, media and performance spaces. Core modules will support you to deepen your knowledge of the fundamental skills of acting, voice, movement, textual analysis and interpretation, examining the ways in which they are deployed and synthesised to create character and performance. This course enables you to convert an appropriate existing qualification into a degree and is equivalent to years three and four of an honours degree. As further details of this new course become available they will be updated on our website.

Course details


Year Three •Advanced Acting: Skills •Advanced Acting: Text and Techniques •Advanced Acting: Screen and Media Year Four •Showcasing Repertoire •Honours Performance Project •Creative Entrepreneurial Project •plus options that could include: Playwriting/ Writing for Radio/ Creativity with the Community/ Drama and Education/ Directing, Designing and Performing Shakespeare/ Directing, Designing and Performing Contemporary Plays/Devised Physical Theatre/ Performance Art Practices

Assessment method

While a large portion of your course will be delivered through skills-based workshops, you will also have the opportunity to undertake student-led research projects, perform in professional standard productions, prepare a personal portfolio to support your career after graduation and showcase your work to industry professionals. You will be assessed through a range of performances, viva, workshops participation, reflective portfolios and reports.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeW410
Institution code Q25
Campus nameQueen Margaret University
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 3
  • Year 4

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Direct Entry: HND Acting and Performance/ Musical Theatre with B in the graded unit for the second year. Foundation degrees in appropriate subjects considered. Two years of a relevant degree considered. International: IELTS of 6.5 with no element lower than 6.0 Auditions: Final selection will be based on an audition.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher Not accepted

Qualifications considered: Higher National Diploma Acting and Performance/Musical Theatre with CB in graded units. OR Foundation degree in appropriate subjects. OR Professional Diploma in Stage and Screen Performance. OR two years of a relevant degree subject (Drama or English etc.).

Additional entry requirements


Auditions will be held between January and March.


English language requirements

IELTS with an overall score equivalent to 6.5 and with no individual component less than 6.0.

QMU English Language Requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students from the European Union Previously EU students have had the cost of their tuition fees met by the Scottish Government. At the point of publication there is no information on whether this arrangement will continue for students starting their studies in 2021/22. Updates will be posted on the SAAS and QMU websites as soon as announcement has been made. Students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales Full-time Rest of UK fees will be charged for the first three years of study. The fourth year is free.
Acting and Performance at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh - UCAS