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UCAS Code: W400|Duration: 3 years|Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
International students can apply|Study Abroad opportunities
Entry Requirements


Do you want to learn about the history of theatre and how to analyse it? Do you want to discover how to understand a play and how to write intelligently about it? Do you have a passion for playwriting and want to explore your ideas with the support of established practitioners and playwrights? If yes, then this Drama and Theatre Studies degree is for you.

At Liverpool Hope you will study both the creative and theoretical aspects of drama and performance. Our qualified staff will introduce you to a range of practices and ideas for you to explore through performance, presentation and written work. We make full use of the many theatres in Liverpool and you will spend time watching and reviewing work from the Everyman, Playhouse and Royal Court. Theatre-going and a programme of learning, involving our own staff and a range of guest lecturers and artists, combine to provide a theatrical vocabulary. It also offers an understanding and deepening insight that allows us to question established practices, create new work and new interpretations of plays to be presented and discussed in one of our well-equipped studio theatre spaces.

The degree is taught at the Creative Campus near Liverpool city centre, giving you the benefit of a small campus experience that is supportive of big ambitions. Drama does not exist in a social vacuum. It is a vibrant commentary on lives lived, lost and longed for. Throughout your time in the Drama, Dance and Performance Studies department you will be asked to place performance work in a social and ethical context that deepens societal understanding and broadens personal responsibility.


Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. You will also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.

In your first year of study there are approximately 12 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 10 teaching hours in your second and third years.

On top of teaching hours, you will also be expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as group study to prepare for any group assessments you may have.


There are a variety of assessments that you need to complete, including coursework comprising of essays and literature reviews. Practical work is assessed through presentations and practical exams (a live performance). In your final year, you will complete a dissertation.

You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.


Foundations in Performance

An investigation of the chronological development of performance through the ages.

Artist in Performance

A study of a range of key artists, their influence and position within performance.

Foundations in Devising

A practical exploration of devising techniques in the studio.

Foundations in Text

The practical and theoretical investigation of textual analysis.

Workshop Practice

An experimentation of your physical and vocal performance skills.

Foundations in Acting

Applying a range of acting skills, you explore ‘types’, for example Commedia Dell’Arte characters, clowning, and naturalistic acting.

Vocal Animation for Radio

Working in our onsite recording studio, you develop your microphone technique for voiceover purposes.

Theatre and Storytelling

An introduction to storytelling techniques, narrative composition and the actor/audience relationship.


Explorations in Performance

An investigation of specific movements such as naturalism, surrealism, feminism and post-colonialism.

Methods and Methodologies

You will learn about research techniques for scholarly writing and presentations.

Explorations in Community and Applied Drama

An investigation into the development of Applied theatre as a field of practice and its many areas, such as Community Theatre, Prison Theatre, Theatre/Drama in Education, Arts and Well-Being, and Museum Theatre.

Explorations in Contemporary Performance Practice

This topic includes a site specific performance and working in collaboration with the University’s partners such as the Tate Liverpool and The Bluecoat Arts Centre.

Explorations in Playing the Classics

You will investigate how classical texts are altered for contemporary audiences.

Explorations in Performance

A critical analysis and studio practice.

Explorations in Acting

You participate in two, staff-directed productions that will open to the public.

Explorations in Devising

This topic focuses on practical, studio based work.



This is an individual research project with specialised supervision from within the Department.

Acting Skills

This topics involves a group and solo performance, creative writing and devising.

Specialise in two of the following areas:

Advanced Community and Applied Drama 

An opportunity to set up a theatre company and deliver a 10/12 week drama programme within the community.

Advanced Contemporary Performance Practice

You will work towards solo and group performances, performed for public viewing.

Advanced Playing the Classics

An in-depth look at how classical texts are altered for contemporary audiences.


Individually directed plays with a cast of first year drama students.


Individual and group storytelling techniques, culminating in presenting your work in professional venues across the city.

Popular Theatre

You will go on a number of theatre visits, will textually analyse these and discuss a contemporary text-based theatre from a cultural materialist perspective.


UCAS Tariff Points120-112. 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
Access to HE120 - 112 Tariff Points
Irish Leaving Certificate120 - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
Welsh BaccalaureateThis qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
Subject RequirementsIf you are studying the Single Honours degree, you will be required to attend an audition.


Specific Country RequirementsSelect your country
IELTS6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5


There is a range of career opportunities available to Drama and Theatre Studies graduates. You may wish to pursue a teaching specialism through further qualification. You may wish to take on the challenge of postgraduate work at Masters or Doctoral level. Many of our students have gone on to work in the profession as actors, directors, stand-ups, writers and facilitators.



The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme 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. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.

Study Abroad

As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.


The tuition fees for 2019/20 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 University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.


As well as tuition fees, you will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence. 


We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.


The International tuition fees for 2019/2020 entry will be released in due course.

Visit our International fees page for more information.


This degree is only available to study as a Single Honours.

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  • Contributions to the degree by Visiting Professor John Godber
  • Close partnership with National Museums Liverpool and Liverpool Tate
  • Study in a city with a wide variety of theatres

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