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Drama and Music

  • UCAS code WW43
  • Option 3 years full time
  • Year of entry 2021

The course

This Joint Honours course combines the study of two major and complementary performing arts, Drama and Music, within a campus community recognised for its creativity.

Choosing to study Drama at Royal Holloway will put you at the centre of one of the largest and most influential Drama and Theatre departments in the world. You'll create performances, analyse texts, and bring a range of critical ideas to bear on both. On this course the text and the body, thinking and doing, work together. There's no barrier between theory and practice: theory helps you understand and make the most of practice, while practice sheds light on theory. By moving between the two, you'll find your place as an informed theatre-maker, and by studying a variety of practices, by yourself and with others, you'll get knowledge of the industry as a whole, and learn how your interests could fit into the bigger picture.

Our staff cover a huge range of theatre and performance studies, but we're particularly strong in contemporary British theatre, international and intercultural performance, theatre history, dance and physical theatre, and contemporary performance practices.

Studying Music at Royal Holloway allows you to tailor your studies to your own interests and passions.

We have expertise spanning traditional, modern and world music. Through studying musical texts, practices, cultures and institutions you will explore issues in history, sociology, ethnology, and philosophy covering an exceptional geographical and chronological range. You will also be able to gain practical skills in composition, music technology and performance.

You will join a music department that is among the very best in the country, the only music department in the country to hold a prestigious Regius Professorship.

Our flexible degree programmes enable you to apply to take a Placement Year, which can be spent studying abroad, working or carrying out voluntary work. You can even do all three if you want to (minimum of three months each)! To recognise the importance of this additional skills development and university experience, your Placement Year will be formally recognised on your degree certificate and will contribute to your overall result. Please note conditions may apply if your degree already includes an integrated year out, please contact the Careers & Employability Service for more information. Find out more

  • Join a music ensemble and Student Workshop, the Drama department’s own student society.
  • Increase your confidence as a performer.
  • Understand the wider history, sociology, ethnology, and philosophy of both disciplines.
  • Get involved as a performer, conductor or director in music and theatre productions.
  • Choral, organ, orchestral and music scholarships available.

Drama, Theatre and Dance Undergraduate Admissions



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in the UK for performing arts

Source: QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019


for research intensity

Source: Complete University Guide, 2020 (Drama, Theatre and Dance)


in the world for performing arts

Source: QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019


in the UK for research intensity

Source: Complete University Guide, 2020 (Music)

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