Queen Margaret University


On this course you will:

Learn the collaborative skills and process involved in creating and staging plays.

Experiment with key contemporary performance practices.

Explore all aspects of theatre, front and backstage, including the audience. Who are they? What do they want from a performance? How can you reach your audience? We challenge conventional assumptions of what the performing arts can be and who they are for, from both a practitioner and audience perspective.

Engage with a vibrant diversity of practical and theoretical approaches that balance practice, history, research, critical thinking and employability skills.

Year 1:
Play and Performance; Introduction to Performance Theory and Theatre Studies; Analysing Text and Performance; The Origins of Theatre; Performance Practices; Theatre Production Practices.

Year 2:
Theatre of Ideas and the Stage; Contemporary Scottish Theatre in Context; Practitioner Researchers; British Theatre Since 1945; Creative Writing for New Media.

Year 3:
Devising Practices; Current Debates in Performance Theory OR Arts Funding in its Policy Context; Performance Project; Designing a Research Project; plus two options.

Year 4:
Creative Practice and Enterprise; Honours Project; plus two options.

Entry Requirements

2025 entry requirements:
4 Highers at AABB (standard entry) or BBCC (widening access entry) including English, Drama preferred, plus preferably Maths or Applications of Maths at National 5.

For entry to year 2 you must have 2 relevant Advanced Highers at BC plus Highers at BB (in different subjects).

A satisfactory criminal records check from the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme will be required if you select the optional module Drama in Education later in your studies.

Start Date





BA Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management


Performing Arts

SCQF Level