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BA in Drama Studies

The Subject
Course Content
Entrance Requirements

Queen's Drama boasts exceptional links to the professional theatre industry, a truly international range of reference, and a strong specialism in Irish Theatre. Our undergraduate degree programme combines history, theory and practice in an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to discover why and how theatre works.

Queen's is not a vocational drama institution, but practice is a key element of our programme.

Level 1
Beginning at Level 1, workshops and performances enable students to draw upon their reading of literary, cultural, historical and sociological studies to inform their practical understanding of performance. All students participate in a performance showcase in the Brian Friel Theatre at the end of the year.

Levels 2 and 3
At Level 2, students enrolled on Single pathways have the opportunity to undertake a variety of roles in a professionally directed production, before embarking on their own independent projects at Level 3.

In the past, students have designed sets, costume and lighting, directed and acted in a variety of projects ranging from classical theatre to contemporary work of all types, and have performed in our theatre, outdoors and in site-specific contexts.

Assessment is by performance, presentation, exams and written coursework.


Irish Leaving Certificate

BA Joint Requirements
For BA Joint Honours the requirements are stated separately under each programme.

All applicants
There are no specific subject requirements. However, students should have an interest in issues of performance, and be prepared to participate in practical theatre classes.

For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here

If you are an international student and you do not meet the English Language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will develop the language skills you need to progress. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses. For a full list click here

Studying for a Drama degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions.  Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline.  Many students also apply the skills they develop through the degree entrepreneurially to create their own work opportunities and the University runs a number of extra-curricular programmes in entrepreneurship. 

Although the majority of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in the theatre or in teaching, significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors.


We regularly consult and have developed close links with a large number of employers including, for example, the Lyric Theatre, Tinderbox Theatre and local schools and colleges. 

Placement Employers: 

Our past students have also gained work placement with organisations such as:

  • Lyric Theatre
  • Tinderbox Theatre Company
  • Replay Productions (TiE)
  • BBC
  • Prime Cut Productions
  • Schools and Colleges
  • Artscare 

Graduate Careers and Achievements:  

Our graduates have gone into a diverse range of careers including the following:

  • Lucia McAnespie (Actress RADA trained)
  • Lisa McGee (writer for theatre, film and television)
  • Cat Barter  (Singer and Actress trained in Musical Theatre in Royal Academy of Music)
  • Ciaran Mc Quillan   (Outreach Officer with Tinderbox)
  • Connor Phillips, broadcaster (Cool FM)
  • Ian Baxter (Broadcaster, UTV)
  • Tom Finlay (Artistic Director, Rainbow Factory)
  • Alison McCrudden (Lecturer)
  • Des Kennedy (Theatre Director—Royal Court Theatre, Out of Joint Theatre)
  • Karen Hassan (Actor, Hollyoaks)
  • Jennifer Neil (Teacher, Banbridge Academy)
  • Richard Gray (Teacher, Strangford College)
  • Philip Hilditch (BBC Cameraman)
  • Adrian Dorrian (Church of Ireland minister)

You should consult and for further information concerning the types of jobs that attract Drama graduates. 

Further study is also an option: students can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics.

Other Career-related information:

Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers.  Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer.  See Queen’s University Belfast full employability statement for further information.

Degree Plus and other related initiatives:  

Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s.  Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports. 

Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students).  Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts.  As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.

Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plus in particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies.  These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.



Student Work

Below are some productions featuring our Drama students.

Work Work Work Proirities 
 Justyns Jammie Kitchen