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Undergraduate courses 2024/25

Drama with International Study, BA Hons

Study in the USA for a year as part of your degree and develop, over the course’s four-years, the skills needed for success as a global professional in the Creative and Performing Arts.

Drama at Greenwich is an innovative and practice-led course where, on the UK-delivered elements of the course, you’ll learn and work out of the Bathway Theatre in Woolwich - a specialist facility with six studios and a flexible auditorium. At Greenwich, you'll be taught by world-leading academics and theatre practitioners and we have great partnerships with organisations working in the creative industries at local, national and international level.

Take part in a range of modules from devising to technical theatre, directing and writing. Hone your performance skills through large-scale public productions and create your own Theatre Company in the final year to kick-start your professional future.

You’ll also get the chance on this course to study - in your third year - for a year in the USA, enhancing your global profile.

UCAS points

104 (view full requirements)(full requirements below)

Course/institution codes

W401 G BA/DrwIS


Greenwich Campus


4 years full-time

Start month


Home/international fees 2024/25

£9,250 /£17,000

What you should know about this course

  • This course includes an embedded Study Abroad year at one of our partner institutions in the USA, allowing you to experience living and learning in the States.
  • The course's UK-delivered modules combine theory and practice, so you can acquire expertise in performing, theatre-making, critical writing and public speaking.
  • Specific performance practices such as applied drama, physical theatre and contemporary performance allow you to show your work in different contexts and platforms.
  • Have a look at our BA (Hons) Drama course (3-years in duration), if you're looking for a Drama course without a year abroad.

Drama at Greenwich - Shape your creative future

Hear from some of our undergraduate BA (Hons) Drama students about their projects, their course highlights and their advice for future students.

What you will study


Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

  • Production and Technical Theatre (15 credits)
  • Creative Futures (15 credits)
  • Critical Contexts for Performance (30 credits)
  • Improvisation and Devising (15 credits)
  • Documentary Theatre (30 credits)
  • Acting the Contemporary Text (15 credits)


Students are required to follow either Option Set 1 or Option Set 2.

Option Set 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules:

  • Stage Production (30 credits)
  • Immersive Performance (30 credits)

Students are also required to choose 60 credits from this list of options.

  • International Study (Drama) (1 Semester) (60 credits)

Option Set 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

  • Stage Production (30 credits)
  • Immersive Performance (30 credits)

Students are also required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

  • Applied and Socially Engaged Drama (15 credits)
  • Performance Laboratory (15 credits)

Students are also required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

  • Industry Placement (Drama) (15 credits)
  • Teaching Drama (15 credits)

Students are also required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

  • Intercultural Performance (15 credits)
  • Physical Theatre (15 credits)

Students are also required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

  • Technical Theatre Practice (Accredited) (15 credits)
  • Stage Combat (Accredited) (15 credits)


Professional Practice (International Study: Drama) (no credits)


Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

  • Research Project (30 credits)

Students are also required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

  • Directing for Theatre (30 credits)
  • Theatre and Young Audiences (30 credits)

Students are also required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

  • Performing Technologies (15 credits)
  • Writing For Theatre (15 credits)

Students are also required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

  • Theatre Company (30 credits)
  • Solo Performance (30 credits)

Students are also required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

  • Advanced Acting (15 credits)
  • Advanced Placement (15 credits)
  • British Theatre since 2005 (15 credits)

About the course team

Greenwich's Drama staff are all creative practitioners and scholars involved in original research projects. At Greenwich, you will be taught by an experienced team of experts in a supportive environment. We connect with other artists and academics through the Bathway Theatre Associate Artists’ Scheme. Our Industry Partners include Punchdrunk, Greenwich Theatre, Woolwich Works, and a variety of professional theatre companies, writers and performers.

Being part of the study abroad programme was a once in a lifetime experience, which gave me memories and friends that will last a lifetime. It helped me push myself and gave me a chance to experience what it is like living in a different country.

- Katie, Greenwich Drama student

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Entry requirements

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  • 104 UCAS Tariff points. We accept A Levels, T Levels, BTECs, Access to HE and all other qualifications with UCAS Tariff points.
  • In addition, you will need: GCSE Mathematics at grade 4/C and GCSE English Language/Literature at grade 4/C. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

Contextual Admissions

  • We make Contextual offers to this programme. Applicants that meet specific eligibility criteria will be made a contextual offer with a reduced tariff of up to 16 UCAS Tariff points. Other entry requirements such as GCSEs, Interview, etc., will still need to be met. For further information, please see our Contextual Admissions Policy.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses. If you cannot find your country on this list, please contact

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Further information about entry

Suitable applicants will be required to attend an audition workshop or a virtual interview event depending on location/circumstances.

PLEASE NOTE: Students are usually required to demonstrate evidence of at last a 2:1 classification (i.e., a year average of 60% or higher) at the end of their first year to be considered for the degree's Study Abroad year.

For more information, contact us at or call us on 020 8331 9000. You can also read our admissions policy.

Available to overseas students?


Can I use Prior Learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

The following data is based on the compulsory modules for this programme.*

* Compiled from modules taught on 2023-2024 courses.


In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

Learning takes place through a combination of timetabled learning and independent study.

You can view more information about how each module is taught within our 'What you will study' section.

Seminars and workshops enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Timetabled learning may fall between 9am and 9pm depending on your courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

On the UK-delivered modules (i.e. in Years 1, 2 and 4), workshops are usually no larger than 25. In Year 3  (i.e. the Study Abroad year), class sizes will be determined by the partner institution but will usually be no larger than 25.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions on the UK-delivered elements of the course, you are also expected to dedicate sufficient time for self study and group work - you will carry out practical and theoretical research, undertake set reading, and work in small groups towards assessments, performances, and presentation.

You can reserve studio space at Bathway for this and use the computers and other technical resources on site, plus the Stockwell Street library in Greenwich.

In addition, during the week at Greenwich you can also:

Overall workload

Drama requires both independent study and a large amount of group work. You should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. Each of the UK-delivered 30-credit modules should take 300 hours in total including staff contact time; 15 credits need 150 hours.

Learning to work independently and as part of a creative project team makes our graduates highly desirable employees, whether they pursue careers in theatre or in other fields.


Students are assessed through a combination of assessment methods depending on the modules chosen.

You can view how each module is assessed within our 'What you will study' section.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assignments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The UK academic year runs from September to June and, in the USA, usually from August to May. Full teaching timetables are not usually available until a term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Official statistics on Discover Uni

Full time

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Full time Part time Distance learning
Home £9,250 N/A N/A
International £17,000 N/A N/A

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from £126.35 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Students will incur additional costs as part of their year abroad.

Some of these costs can be covered through funding sources such as Student Finance, the Turing Scheme and other university and external scholarship and bursary funds. Students will pay a registration fee to the University of Greenwich of circa £1,000 pounds for the year. Students should expect to budget around £1,800 a month to cover living expenses, including flights and accommodation, while in the USA. More information on these costs will be given during the "Considering Study Abroad?" introductory talks for registered students.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

All students on the degree have the option to select a module for which you will be required to undertake* a short-term placement (*note this is NOT during the Study Abroad Year). The module will be assessed on your reflection on this placement and how you can apply your knowledge to the workplace. Many placements are found through our network of industry contacts, and students are supported in securing these.

How long is my placement?

Work-based learning module placements are normally one to three days a week for one term.

What are the financial arrangements?

Work-based learning module placements are normally unpaid.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Many students who take a year abroad describe it as a transformative experience. The skills you acquire through studying our courses, and on the year abroad, will prepare you for careers in a wide range of industries and international jobs. Many graduates of our drama course go on to careers in the theatre, in film and education.

Are internships available?

Students are encouraged to take up Summer internships during the Summer holidays, though it is up to the student to find them. Support is available to students from the Employability and Careers Service when applying for placements and internships.

Do you provide employability services?

Employability activities take place all the time at Greenwich and students are encouraged to take part in as many opportunities as possible. Greenwich's central Employability and Careers Service provides support for students preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles, such as CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

More about careers.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre. Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Support from the department

Throughout the degree you will be supported by your Personal Tutor, the Programme Leader and members of the teaching team and wider Professional Services staff.

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If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study part-time then you can apply directly via our online application form.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply via UCAS, directly via our online application form or via one of our in-country representatives. If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.