Drama and History at Queen Mary University of London - UCAS

Course summary

Explore the relationship between drama and history, from discovering what it was like to go to the theatre in nineteenth century London, to unpicking the connection between empire and performance. Studying a variety of different cultures, historical periods and diverse societies, you’ll uncover hidden details about past events and explore them through dramatic works. Ranked 6th in the UK for drama in Times Good University Guide 2024, top 10 in the UK for research in history (REF 2021), and 1st for research in the UK (REF 2021), you’ll know you’re being taught by academics at the forefront of their discipline. You’ll learn through lectures, plays and site-specific performances, and be spoilt for choice with a wide range of modules. Pick the topics that match your interests. Theatre and revolution, the history of emotions, Gotham and much more – which ones will take your fancy? Unique city opportunities Studying in a city steeped in history, surrounded by outstanding museums and theatres, you’ll have endless opportunities right on your doorstep. We’re known for our employer links and exceptional facilities such as our studio theatres, rehearsal rooms and production suite. You could also put your knowledge into action in our student societies or contribute to Queen Mary’s history journal. To prepare you for life after university, we provide creative skills workshops and bespoke careers events throughout the course. Equipped with analytical, research and performance skills, you’ll be ready to work in theatre, cultural organisations, media or education – which direction will you take?


Year 1 You will take these compulsory modules: London/Culture/Performance (15 credits) Performance, Acting, Text (30 credits) Power Plays (15 credits) History in Practice (15 credits) Either Unravelling Britain: British History since 1801 or Global Encounters: conquest and Culture in World History (both 15 credits) You choose your remaining 30 credits from a selection of Level 4 History modules that changes each year.

Assessment method

Assessment typically includes a combination of written and practical assignments, such as essays, performances, presentations, portfolios, scripts, programme notes, reviews, feature articles, artist websites, podcasts and dissertations. Some assessment is based around group work, especially for performance projects and presentations.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

All applicants to Queen Mary must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course. Please refer to the website below for details on our English Language requirements by course and acceptable alternative qualifications. You will also find important information regarding UKVI's English requirements if you are applying as an international student and will require a Student Visa to enter the UK.

Queen Mary University of London: English Language Requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Our most recent information regarding tuition fees can be found at http://www.qmul.ac.uk/tuitionfees/
Drama and History at Queen Mary University of London - UCAS