In choosing to study the Mathematics and Drama and Theatre Studies degree at Aberystwyth University you’ll immerse yourself in two rigorous and challenging disciplines.
Mathematics is fundamentally important to modern society, contributing to numerous facets of life, including science, engineering, technology and finance. The Mathematics Degree covers the essential core disciplines, supplemented by a great choice of elective specialities. Drama and Theatre studies looks through and beyond historic and established forms to explore what drama, theatre and performance can be now and in the future. You’ll have the opportunity to encounter a wide range of critical and creative forms and practices and develop your capacity as an independent theatre-maker, thinker and scholar.
Graduates of the Mathematics Degree are in significant demand across many industries for their problem-solving abilities, clear analytical thought processes and capacity for logical argument, whilst the intellectual, practical and transferable skills acquired whilst studying Drama and Theatre Studies will prepare you for a variety of careers in the creative arts and beyond.
92% student satisfaction for our Drama and Theatre Studies degree scheme (NSS 2016)
Department of Mathematics: 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)
94% of undergraduates from the Department of Mathematics who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)
Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies: 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)
92% of undergraduates from the Department of Film and Television Studies who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)
Mathematics is a subject that has fascinated humanity for thousands of years from the ancient world to the present day. The language of Mathematics underpins so much of the modern world – from science, technology and engineering, to finance and commerce – opening up a wide range of career opportunities to you, whilst Drama and Theatre Studies is your opportunity to develop skills as a maker and thinker of contemporary drama, theatre and performance. You will gain an understanding of each of these inter-related forms as a site of study, thought and creative practice. Through a combination of theoretical and practical explorations you will critically examine and engage with a wide range of contemporary practices, from scripted drama to site-specific performance and from documentary theatre to experiments in new media performance.
Why Study Mathematics and Drama and Theatre Studies degree at Aberystwyth?
Aberystwyth University’s Mathematics courses are accredited by the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), the UK’s learned and professional society for mathematics. The IMA exists to support the advancement of mathematical knowledge and its applications, and to promote and enhance mathematical culture in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, for the public good.
The Department of Mathematics maintained its position as one of the best departments in Wales in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). The department returned almost 90% of our staff, the highest proportion of any Welsh mathematics department. Results show that 1 in 8 of our research outputs are world leading, and more than 60% are either world leading or internationally excellent. All of our research and the impact it has outside universities, was judged to be of international standard.
Mathematics has been taught at Aberystwyth since the foundation of the university in 1872, making it the oldest Mathematics department in Wales. Despite our heritage we have continued to innovate ensuring that the degree schemes we offer will provide you with the best Mathematics degree you can possibly obtain.
The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth is one of the most significant Departments of its kind, with a reputation at local, national and international levels. We offer an extremely broad range of specialisms, ranging from site-specific and located theatre and performance to contemporary European theatre, British and Irish drama, documentary theatre, performance art, new media performance, politics, aesthetics, philosophy and ethics.
Many lecturers are leading professional theatre-makers and active researchers, working at the cutting edge of their disciplines, and departmental staff have active working relationships with a range of companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre Wales, Music Theatre Wales, Quarantine, Imitating the Dog and the Magdalena Project, an international network of women in contemporary theatre.
Within the Drama and Theatre Studies course, excellent facilities for practical work, including rehearsal studios and well-equipped studio theatre spaces are provided, where you can undertake projects and productions at a variety of scales. We also make use of the unique geographic resources of Aberystwyth – its landscape, language, history – to explore the challenges posed by working in different places and situations, developing an understanding of how theatre and performance always emerge from, and relate to, specific contexts. The Aberystwyth Arts Centre, one of the largest campus arts centres in the UK, is situated on the main campus, and is a popular venue where you can enjoy performances of all kinds. The Department has close links with the Arts Centre, collaborating to produce an annual Theatre Passport of subsidized work specifically for students.
Both departments also offer a number of degree schemes and modules taught entirely or partially through the medium of Welsh. Further details may be obtained from the departments.
Most lecturers in the Department of Mathematics are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Many have a postgraduate teaching qualification.
All academic staff at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies are research active and/or involved in Knowledge Transfer projects and have either relevant academic qualifications at doctoral level or equivalent professional experience and expertise.
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
Year 1 Core (40 Credits) Mathematics Joint Honours: Students must take a total of 60 credits of core and optional MA modules in year 1. The following modules are core:
Year 1 Core (40 Credits) Joint Honours Drama and Theatre Studies students (other than Senography and Theatre Design/Drama and Theatre Studies W432) must take the following modules:
Studying Theatre 1 TP11020
Studying Theatre 2 TP11320
Year 1 Options Joint Honours Drama and Theatre Studies students (other than Senography and Theatre Design/Drama and Theatre Studies W432) must take one of the following modules:
Making Theatre 1: Studio Project TP11120
Making Theatre 2: Site Project TP11420
Year 1 Options Mathematics Joint Honours: Students must take 20 credits of optional MA modules EITHER MA10110 and MA11210 OR MA10310 and MA11310.
Year 2 Core (20 Credits) Mathematics Joint Honours. The following modules are core in year 2.
Year 2 Options Joint Honours Drama and Theatre students must take at least 40 credits and may take up to 80 credits of TP modules in their 2nd year:
Modern European Drama TP20320
Directing And Dramaturgy TP21820
Shakespeare In Contemporary Performance TP23220
Performance Writing TP32720
Year 2 Options Mathematics Joint Honours. Students must take 40 credits of optional MA modules EITHER from Block A OR B
Year 2 Options BLOCK A: Students must take 40 credits from the following.
Real Analysis MA20110
Introduction To Abstract Algebra MA20310
Distributions And Estimation MA26010
Applied Statistics MA26600
Applied Statistics MA26620
Year 2 Options BLOCK B: Students must take 40 credits from the following.
Real Analysis MA20110
Introduction To Abstract Algebra MA20310
Introduction To Numerical Analysis And Its Applications MA25200
Final Year Options Joint Honours Drama and Theatre students must take at least 20 credits from the following modules:
Contemporary British And Irish Drama TP30820
Place, Space And Landscape TP32820
Documentary Theatre TP33520
Theatre, Gender And Sexuality TP33120
Performance And Architecture TP33420
Performance, Politics And Protest TP35220
Final Year Options Joint Honours Drama and Theatre students may, subject to the demands of their other scheme, take their remaining credits from the following modules:
Ensemble Project TP35520
Creative Entrepreneurship TP35700
Independent Research Project TP36000
Final Year Options Mathematics Joint Honours. Students must take 60 credits from Maths level 3 modules.
A degree in Mathematics and Drama and Theatre Studies will prepare you for career options where specialist numerical skills and logical and analytical thought are in high demand, twinned with practical abilities of developing ideas into projects with confidence and independence.
Mathematics graduates have gone on to working for organisations such as the Office of National Statistics and the Meteorological Office, but career paths such as accountancy and banking, risk analysis and actuarial work, finance management, investment analysis, information technology, research and lecturing are also open to you
Many graduates of Drama and Theatre Studies have gone on to work as actors, performers, directors, and designers, either directly, through association with co-operative and professional companies, or after further postgraduate study. Many graduates have also found employment in a variety of different areas including teaching, administration, marketing, management, and public relations.
In addition to subject specific skills and knowledge, studying for a degree in Mathematics and Drama and Theatre Studies will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:
• research and data analysis skills
• enhanced mathematical and computational skills
• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
• a thorough grounding in information technology skills
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
• the ability to apply creative, imaginative and problem-solving skills in a variety of situations
• the ability to research, evaluate and organise information
• the ability to structure and communicate ideas effectively in a variety of situations and using a variety of means
• the ability to listen to and make use of critical advice
Year in Employment scheme (YES)
The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.
What will I learn?
Within the Mathematics part of your course, the first year will follow a clearly defined pathway through the study of core disciplines, including algebra and calculus, coordinate and vector geometry, probability, mathematical analysis, differential equations, and statistics.
In your first year of Drama and Theatre studies, you will take a number of introductory modules that develop your skills in making, thinking and studying, examining some key historical moments, practices and methods in order to answer the questions: ‘What is theatre?’, ‘What has theatre been?’ and ‘What could theatre be now and in the future?’
In the second and third years of Mathematics you will study real analysis, abstract and linear algebra, distributions and estimation, statistical methods and mathematical physics. Optional modules include complex and numerical analysis, dynamics and hydrodynamics, sampling, and regression and anova. You will be able to specialise further in your final year by choosing from a wide range of elective modules to suit your own interests. You will also undertake a compulsory career planning module as part of your course, which will enhance your employability prospects and enable you to develop valuable transferable skills.
In the second year of Drama and Theatre Studies you will take a closer look at contemporary theatre-making through practical, historical and theoretical approaches, building your capacity as theatre-makers, thinkers and scholars. You can select from a series of modules which explore the development of modern European theatre, Shakespeare in contemporary performance, theatre and contemporary society as well as new media performance and performance writing. Furthermore a series of practical modules which explore acting, directing, devising and designing are also available, which you can also choose to develop through involvement in full-scale production work.
The third year offers you the opportunity to create independent creative work, undertake a major research project and engage in advanced theoretical study. You can select from modules that test and extend your skills in making group and solo production projects, support you in creating an Applied Theatre project, develop entrepreneurial skills in producing and curating cultural events or write your own playscript. Specialist optional modules in the third year enable you to engage with staff research specialisms in place, space and landscape, performance philosophy, performance and politics, theatre, gender and sexuality, documentary theatre and contemporary British drama. In the third year you have the opportunity to demonstrate your achievement as an emergent maker, thinker and researcher, preparing to enter the worlds of employment, entrepreneurship and postgraduate study.
The combination of Mathematics and Drama and Theatre Studies, although unusual, provides you with an opportunity to explore both your personal artistry and your local and reasoning mind.
How will I be taught?
The mathematical side of your degree will be taught through a complementary set of teaching and learning methods and approaches, ranging from formal lectures, seminars and tutorials to practicals and individual and group-based project work, where you will be assessed through a combination of coursework, presentations, reports and examinations.
In your Drama and Theatre Studies side, you will be taught through practical workshops, small-group seminars, and lectures. This diversity of activity is an essential part of our teaching and learning philosophy, and creates a uniquely exciting and productive learning environment. You will be assessed through formal and performed essays, written and practical examinations, critical and creative portfolios, practical productions, seminar presentations and group activities. As you progress through the degree we place increasing emphasis on developing your independence and self-management, allowing you to take responsibility for your own learning.
You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.
You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.
A Levels ABC with A in Mathematics or BBB with B in Mathematics
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM with A/B in A level Mathematics
28-30 points with 4-5 points in Mathematics at Higher Level
70% overall with 75% in Mathematics
UCAS Code: GW14
Typical A-level offer
ABC with A in Mathematics or BBB with B in Mathematics
Course Length: 3 Years