Theatre and Drama Studies (BA): 4-year, part-time degree by evening study (-)




Birkbeck, University of London 

Theatre and Drama Studies (BA): 4-year, part-time degree by evening study

Requirements / Wymagania


Średnia ze zdawanych rozszerzeń

- min. 65% 

Certyfikat językowy IELTS

opcjonalnie jeśli nie spełnisz powyższych wymagań z matury - minimum 6.5  -

About the course

Are you passionate about live performance and theatre practice? Would you like to study in central London, at the heart of the city’s vibrant theatre culture? BA Theatre and Drama Studies at Birkbeck will enable you to investigate the theatre in all its aspects: as live performance, as dramatic text, in its historical contexts, and through a range of practices and ideas that have informed the making and understanding of theatre. Alongside academic explorations of theatre history, theory and practice, you will create new performance work as a group. Whether devised from scratch, staging text, responding to a site, or working under the directorship of a guest artist, your work will ask questions about the world we live in.

To complement your study of theatre, you can choose options in English literature, arts and humanities, creative writing and arts management. Throughout your degree, your work will be informed by visits to some of the world’s most exciting theatre institutions, asking questions about how theatre is presented in London now. BA Theatre and Drama Studies at Birkbeck does not offer actor training, but the chance to experiment with practices and ideas, to create theatre with a group of like-minded people, and to gain access to knowledge with world-leading academics and artists working in the theatre industry today.

This course is also available for full-time evening study over 3 years.

Why study this course at Birkbeck? 

  • Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 World University Subject Rankings.
  • Birkbeck Department of English and Humanities came top in London for overall student satisfaction and teaching quality in the National Student Survey 2016.
  • Our School of Arts is in the top 5 in the country and our Department of English and Humanities is a top-rated research department in the areas of both English literature and creative writing. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), English Language and Literature at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality.
  • You could be studying in a building that was once home to Virginia Woolf and frequented by members of the Bloomsbury Group - now home to our School of Arts - and be taught by leading novelists, dramatists and artists.
  • Based at the heart of one of the world's most exciting cities, we combine lectures, seminars and workshops with visits to theatres and other cultural and artistic institutions, and we frequently collaborate with leading arts, cultural, theatre and dance and performing arts organisations, allowing you to ground your studies in real-world practice.
  • You will be able to attend events and seminars hosted by the Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, enabling you to hear about and experience the latest research and practice from leading scholars and practitioners in the field.

Course structure

On BA Theatre and Drama Studies, you will study theatre and drama practices, theories, institutions, companies and artists from across the world, from Ancient Greece to the present day. You will also receive essential training in performance analysis, theatre and performance history, cultural theory and research methods. Options allow you to study specific subjects in depth, for example, tragedy, the body, arts management, cinema, journalism, museum studies, playwriting, seventeenth-century drama, and contemporary theatre and performance in London. Option modules are drawn from subjects across the School of Arts, including arts and humanities, English, creative writing, and film and media studies.

In Year 1, you take 2 compulsory modules and write a portfolio on Theatre in London.

In Year 2, you take 3 compulsory modules and write a portfolio on Theatre in London.

In Year 3, you take 2 compulsory modules, write a portfolio on Theatre in London, and choose 1 option module.

In Year 4, you complete an independent research project, write a portfolio on Theatre in London, and choose 1 option module.

To find out more, read our programme handbook.


  • Performing Theatre Histories (Critical Practice I)
  • Theatre in London Now: Histories of London: level 4, 30 credits
  • Theatre Languages


  • Adaptations: Theories and Practices in Contemporary Performance
  • Space and Performance (Critical Practice II)
  • Theatre in London Now: London Spaces: level 5, 0 credits
  • Theories of Theatricality and Performance
  • Communities in Theatre and Performance (Critical Practice III)
  • Theatre in London Now: London Policies and Communities: level 6, 0 credits
  • Independent Research Project in Theatre and Performance
  • Theatre in London Now. Student Led Project: level 6 30 credits
  • Comedy: Drama and Theatre in Seventeenth Century England
  • Developing an Arts Project
  • Elizabethan and Seventeenth Century Drama
  • Science Fiction
  • Shakespeare
  • Tragedy

This programme is not designed to equip you with vocational performance skills or to provide technical training. However, it will develop significantly your knowledge of the histories and ideas of theatre in London through lectures, seminars and workshops.


On BA Theatre and Drama Studies, you will learn by engaging with theatre and drama studies through a variety of modes, and through lectures. In seminars, you will analyse and discuss plays and performances. In group workshops, you will explore skills in theatre and drama towards the realisation of group performance projects. You will also learn through developing independent research projects with the support of staff, theatre visits and in class with guest speakers from the theatre industry. You will also access public events hosted by the Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre.


Assessment is through a combination of essays, research essays, group presentations, performance presentations, group vivas, individual vivas and written portfolios.


Part-time home/EU students: £ 6935 pa

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