2021/22 entry

BA (Hons) Drama

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full-time home tuition fee: £9,250 per annum
Full-time international tuition fee: £16,100 per annum
Placement year fee (home student): £1,850 per annum
Placement year fee (international student): £3,650 per annum

All figures are subject to annual increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

Course type

BA (Hons)

Bachelor of Arts

UCAS info

UCAS code: W400

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

Minimum UCAS points required: TBC

Limited places available. Use our Online Clearing Form to find your course or call our hotline: 08085 564 565.

About your course

As a student on the BA (Hons) Drama at Liverpool John Moores University you will have extensive opportunities to develop your creative and performance skills using our dedicated drama centre and newly refurbished drama studio, and also through our links with leading theatre companies and drama organisations in Liverpool and beyond.


  • Drama at LJMU ranked 20th best in the country in the 2019 Guardian University League Table
  • Opportunities to perform regularly in theatre productions all over Liverpool plus paid or voluntary work placements to improve your employability
  • Professional guidance from working practitioners to help you develop your creative skills in acting, stage management, directing, marketing, publicity and many more
  • Strong links with local organisations including Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, The Unity Theatre, Hope Street Ltd and the BBC
  • Friendly and creative atmosphere in the Joe H Makin Drama Centre and a final year Festival entirely organised and delivered by students
  • One of our graduates, Claire Foy is currently playing the lead role in the Netflix hit, 'The Crown'
  • Start month: September
  • Campus location: Mount Pleasant Campus

Hear our amazing students talking about studying Drama at LJMU:


"I was bitten by the directing bug and the third year modules gave me the skills required to see how all aspects of a production are run. Being responsible for everything was a real tester and a real insight in to the world, which was worthwhile and thoroughly enjoyable."

Chris Tomlinson, Drama graduate and freelance director

Work-related learning

Work-related learning is vital in preparing you to enter the world of work, and our extensive links with organisations in the local community and beyond mean that you will have plenty of work placement options to choose from.

This work could be paid or on a voluntary basis and could be within or outside the performing arts industries. It provides an invaluable opportunity to practice the skills you have learnt during the course and gain professional experience that will add real value to your CV.

Other work-related learning opportunities could include specialist advice and practical classes in audition and interview technique, or study and research into other areas of work such as teaching, administration and marketing.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support

If you decide to join the Drama programme, you will become part of a lively and creative group of individuals who value teamwork and peer support. Your tutors’ ‘open door’ policy means you can seek help and guidance at any time and you will also be assigned a personal tutor who will be responsible for your academic progress and deal with any concerns that you might have throughout your time at LJMU.

Course details

You will study the theory, history and social significance of drama and have lots of opportunities to create and perform in theatre productions in our drama studio and all over the city. On top of this you will acquire practical skills in stage management and direction.

For millennia, groups of people from all corners of the earth and from all cultures have got together to watch other people act out stories. Performing drama takes us to places through characters so far from ourselves that it helps us learn about ourselves and what makes us tick.

There are few better places to study drama than Liverpool, a city with many theatres and a rich tradition of producing some of the country’s best-known playwrights. Thanks for LJMU’s links with many local drama organisations and TV companies, you will have a wide choice of work placement opportunities open to you, as well as being able to collaborate on some creative projects.

Our partners include:   

  • the Unity Theatre
  • Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse
  • Off the Ground Theatre
  • Spike Theatre
  • Splatterfest
  • The Royal Court
  • Ullaloom
  • Lime Productions
  • LA Productions
  • BBC
  • ITV Granada 
  • Tmesis Theatre

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4
  • Practical Text Analysis
  • Theory in Practice
  • Production Project 1
  • Performance Fundamentals
  • Play and Spontaneity
  • Production Fundamentals
Level 5
  • Making Theatre
  • Contemporary Performance and Practitioners
  • Production Project 2 - (Adapting)
  • Specialist Practices
  • Production Project 3 (Applied)
  • Drama Research and Proposal

Level 6
  • Advanced Theatre Practice 1
  • Production and Company Management
  • Drama Platform Presentation
  • Drama Dissertation
  • Theatre Practice Portfolio
  • Advanced Theatre Practice 2

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

Teaching is delivered via a combination of practical and workshop classes, lectures, seminars and individual tutorials. Private study and research is an important aspect of degree-level study and so you will be expected to spend about 40% of your time working independently, when preparing an essay or seminar paper.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support

Your tutors have professional theatre experience in acting, directing and script writing, and/or significant research and academic experience. The retention rate on this course is high, which is testament to the skill and dedication of our staff team. This means you will be taught by an inspirational team who actively promote the sharing of creative performance work.

The idea is that you and your fellow students learn from each other and develop the multi-disciplinary strategies for independent work which are so vital in these fields of creativity. You will also have the chance to attend lectures and get a taste for all aspects of the performing arts through our accomplished visitors, who regularly offer specialist lectures on the courses.

Assessment and feedback

This degree is 60% practical and 40% theory and this is reflected in the different assessments used for each module.

Practical assessments could be in the form of presentations (performing in or directing a show, for example), painting a set or designing lights or costumes, writing a script, managing a production, or performing a stand-up set.

Theoretical assessments could be exams, essays, seminar presentations, class tests, viva voces and portfolio work. Constructive feedback is always useful in helping you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work, and this is provided either online, in writing or at a one-to-one meeting with your tutor. We also utilise self and peer assessment to further enhance the quality of our assessment and feedback.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

The information below relates to the 2021/22 academic year unless otherwise specified.

LJMU scholarships

Applications for all LJMU's scholarships are open to new full-time, Home undergraduate students that are liable to pay the full tuition fee. 

Scholarships are not income assessed; they are awarded to applicants who are academically outstanding or to applicants who have excelled in other ways or supported work in your local community. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. In 2021/22 scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £5,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. In 2021/22 the annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

The information below relates to both UK students studying in 2021/22.

If you are interested in studying with us in 2021/22, please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.

In 2021/22 the annual tuition fee for full time, undergraduate, home students is £9,250. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

For more information on student finance, eligibility and loan repayments go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance if you normally live in England
www.studentfinancewales.co.uk if you normally live in Wales
www.studentfinanceni.co.uk if you normally live in Northern Ireland
www.SAAS.gov.uk if you normally live in Scotland

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £26,575* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £26,575).*

* Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects

This BA (Hons) Drama degree equips you with key transferable skills in performance, presentation and interpersonal communication - all of which are highly valued by employers.

Graduate destinations

We are proud of our graduates and the careers they have gone on to forge after leaving LJMU. Below is a list of some of our graduates and their current roles/achievements.

Playwrights and Screen Writers

  • Helen Blakeman: Award winning (BAFTA) freelance playwright and screen writer (BBC)
  • Ella Carmen Greenhill: Freelance playwright and screen writer for TV including Coronation Street and The Dumping ground (ITV and BBC)
  • Collette Cane: Award winning freelance playwright and screen writer (BBC)
  • Joe Ward Munrow: Award winning freelance playwright: winner of 2018 Mercury Weinberger Playwriting Prize
  • Esther Wilson: Award winning freelance playwright and screen / radio writer BBC (BAFTA)
  • Heather Robson: Award winning freelance playwright and screen writer (BBC and Channel 4)
  • Jessica Lea: Screen writer (BBC and Channel 4)

Artistic Directors / Directors / Producers

  • James Blackman-Mackenzie: Chief executive, Eden Court Arts Centre, Inverness
  • Lorne Campbell: Artistic Director, Northern Stage, Newcastle
  • Gordon Miller: Artistic Director, The Unity Theatre, Liverpool
  • Ben Petit-Wade: Artistic Director / Director, Hijinx Theatre Company, Cardiff
  • Elinor Randle: Artistic Director / Director, Tmesis Theatre, Liverpool
  • Michelle Grant: Producer, Everyman and Playhouse
  • Grace Gallagher: Artistic Director, Ugly Bucket Theatre, Liverpool
  • Alex Medlicot: Artistic Director, Liverpool Arts Society, Liverpool
  • Ryan Byrne: Artistic Director, Dead Leicester and MFATS, Liverpool
  • Lauren Dickson: Freelance Director, London
  • Chantelle Walker: Freelance Director, London
  • Jen Heyes: Freelance Director, Liverpool
  • Jack Cooper: Freelance Director, Liverpool
  • James Anders: Freelance Director, Liverpool
  • Chris Tomlinson: Associate Director (YEP) Freelance Director, Liverpool
  • Ellie Hurt: Freelance Director (currently working at National Theatre)
  • Gitika Butoo: Director and Associate Artist, Birmingham Opera Company

Actors: Stage and Screen

  • Felix Heyes: RSC, National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, BBC
  • Claire Foy
  • Alexandra Wright
  • Thomas Galashan
  • Siwan Bowen-Davies: National Theatre of Wales, BBC, S4C

Arts Administrators / Agents

  • Siofra McKeown Carter: Assistant Administrator, 20 Stories High, Liverpool


  • Fiona Curtis: Production Co-Ordinator, National theatre of Wales
  • Carly Henderson: Head of Learning and Engagement, Oldham Coliseum
  • Kate Watkins: Company Manager, Northern Ireland Opera

As demonstrated above, with a degree in Drama you could be destined for a career as an actor, director or stage manager in theatre or related arts organisation. The broad skills you develop on the degree could also enable you to move into areas such as arts administration, television production, the law, museum and gallery work, journalism, freelance writing and criticism as well as teaching.

We are a practice-orientated course with a very successful retention rate and all members of staff have either professional theatre experience (in areas such as acting, directing and script writing) or significant research and academic experience.
The presentation of theatre in all its varied forms is one of our driving aims and we do a lot of productions. We want you to become the next generation of theatre-makers.

One recent graduate became the Chief Executive of the National Youth Theatre, another is Claire Foy, an actor who has regular lead parts on TV. Most notably, Clare is currently playing the lead role in the Netflix hit, 'The Crown', and previously played the lead in BBC's 'Little Dorrit', BBC's 'Wolf Hall', Channel 4's 'The Promise' and Sky's 'Going Postal'. She also completed 'Season of the Witch' with Nicolas Cage. Another student played Hamlet for the RSC and other alumni are successful actors, playwrights and directors at venues such as the National Theatre, The Traverse Theatre and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse as well as marketing consultants, community workers and arts officers.Alongside other work-related learning opportunities we offer specialist advice and practical classes in audition and interview techniques, as well as the chance to investigate other industries through study and research.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

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International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students – visit the International Study Centre.

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Tuition fee deposits

As an international student, unless you are exempt, you will need to pay a tuition fee deposit.  See further information on deposits and additional payments needed prior to enrolment. 

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS to apply for a Student visa. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The university reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the university. Where this does happen, the university operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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