Prospective Students

Prospecive Students


Drama at Queen's combines history, theory and practice in an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to discover why and how theatre works. Performance workshops and productions enable students to draw upon their reading of literary, cultural, historical and theoretical material to inform their practical understanding of performance. Students are also required to attend professional performances and benefit from our close links with the theatre sector in Northern Ireland and beyond.

Visiting professionals lead workshops in specialist areas including stage management , design and technical theatre, Shakespearean performance, voice, movement, Forum and Playback theatre, and over the years we have had many eminent professional artists visit our programme to teach and discuss their work with our students.

The Centre for Drama & Film Studies which opened in 2004 comprises the Brian Friel Theatre, a 120-seat courtyard style theatre, as well as a spacious rehearsal studio with facilities for dance and physical theatre, and dressing rooms, green room, technical control room and two cinemas.

Extra-curricular performance opportunities are offered by the Tyrone Guthrie Society and an active student drama society - the Queen’s Players. Student regularly take their work to national and international theatre festivals, including highly successful visits to Belgium, Italy, Scarborough and Sarajevo.


Our vibrant graduate community of MA and Ph.D students strongly contribute to Drama’s thriving research culture. Our MA In Drama and Performance continues to grow in size and is increasingly attracting international students to provide well-qualified candidates for PhD study. All of our PG students are fully integrated into postgraduate activities at the School of Creative Arts, playing an active role in the development of graduate conferences and research seminars.

Our MA Programme comprises a diverse roster of modules reflecting critical and practice-based aspects of Drama and Performance Studies. The programme is designed around key areas of expertise in the School to provide an environment for the development of methodological, critical and creative skills at Masters level within a 12 month period. Please click here for a list of MA modules.

We also currently have 14 full-time Ph.D. students, most of whom are in receipt of external research awards.

We hope that you will feel part of a vibrant, dynamic community here.  Don’t hesitate to contact the MA Pathway Convenor, Dr Paul Murphy or any other member of staff if you have any queries or encounter any problems, and enjoy the challenges of the coming year!

Entrance Requirements


Although no prior experience of theatre or performance is necessary, an active interest in drama is welcomed.  For information on the current A Level entrance requirements, please refer to the University's Course Finder. For information on admission via a BTEC HND in Performing Arts, click here.


Applicants to MA programmes are normally expected to have a 2.1 or higher in an undergraduate degree. If you would like to discuss your application please contact the pathway convenor,  Dr Paul Murphy

Prospective students can apply online through the portal: