Drama & Theatre Studies / International Relations at Aberystwyth University allows you to explore the historic and established forms that has shaped drama, theatre and performance of present and future, alongside a discipline that will assist you in developing a comprehensive understanding of global politics. This course will allow you to encounter a wide range of critical and creative forms and practices whilst at the same time the opportunity to develop your capacity as an independent theatre-maker, thinker and scholar.
Student Satisfaction and Employability Results
Top 5 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Drama and Dance (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Communication and Media Studies (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Politics (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
Top 5 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Politics (NSS 2021)
Why study BA Drama and Theatre Studies / International Relations at Aberystwyth?
- The department of International Politics is ranked in the top 40 in the world for academic reputation. (QS, 2017).
- The department of Theatre, Film and Television is vibrant and creative space where drama, theatre, film and media, and scenography and theatre design collide.
- You will be taught in the world’s first department of international politics, founded in 1919 after the end of World War I to help the world understand the world.
- You will be taught and mentored by lecturers who are enthusiastic, committed in providing you with an outstanding and dynamic learning environment.
- All students in the department of International Politics have the opportunity to participate in our renowned ‘Crisis Games’; a three day role playing exercise in political, economic and diplomatic manoeuvre, developing negotiation and communication, critical thinking, team work, and problem-solving skills.
- The Department operates a prestigious Parliamentary Placement Scheme, enabling you to gain valuable experience working alongside an MP (House of Commons, Westminster) or an AM (Welsh Assembly, Cardiff) for a period of 4-6 weeks during the summer. During this time you will write reports and speeches, undertake research projects, and respond to constituency issues. There may be further opportunities for you to get involved in elections and various international issues.
- The Department of Theatre, Film & Television studies has superb facilities and resources for practical work: three rehearsal studios, each with flexible technical facilities; 2 large professionally-equipped studios with digital lighting rigs controlled via ETC Congo and Strand Lighting consoles, Yamaha and Soundcraft PAs, Sanyo AV systems and Strand lighting and two NXAMP; and costume and wardrobe facilities.
- Students also benefit from our close links with Aberystwyth Arts Centre, one of the largest arts centres in Wales, which regularly presents national and international theatre and dance work.
- The Department also has an International Student Exchange Programme based on close links with carefully selected universities in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia, offering you an excellent opportunity to expand your academic and social horizons by spending a part of your university experience abroad.
- The Department is also home to Interstate, the oldest student-run international politics journal in the United Kingdom, providing a unique opportunity for you to publish your work (particularly advantageous if you wish to progress to postgraduate study) or gain valuable experience working as part of the editorial team.Stimulating student societies foster a strong sense of community within the department, offering a programme of political debates, visiting speakers, conferences and workshops, alongside numerous social activities such as an annual ball.
- Last, but not least, both departments offer a number of degree schemes and modules taught entirely or partially through the medium of Welsh. Check out our module tab for further information.
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.
Lecturers in the Department of International Politics are all research active and qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.
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.
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
|Behind the Headlines||IP12620||20|
|Exploring the International 1: Central Concepts and Core Skills *||IP12420||20|
|Theatre in Context 1||TP11020||20|
|Theatre in Context 2||TP11320||20|
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
|Site-Specific Performance Project||TP11420||20|
|Studio Theatre Project||TP11120||20|
|Globalization and Global Development||IP12520||20|
|Politics in the 21st Century||IP12920||20|
|The Making of the Modern World: War Peace and Revolution since 1789||IP12820||20|
|War, Strategy and Intelligence||IP10320||20|
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
|International Relations: Perspectives and Debates||IP20120||20|
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
What are our graduates doing now?
Graduates from our department have pursued careers in:
- the civil service
- security services
- governmental research departments
- acting and performing
- script writing
- set design
- public affairs
- social research.
What opportunities are there for me whilst studying at University?
Employability is embedded across our teaching. We teach our students to aim for the career they want, not the job that they can get.
- The Department operates a prestigious Parliamentary Placement scheme, enabling you to gain valuable experience working alongside an MP (House of Commons, Westminster) or an AM (Welsh Assembly, Cardiff) for a period of 4-6 weeks during the summer. During this time, you will write reports and speeches, undertake research projects, and respond to constituency issues. There may be further opportunities for you to get involved in elections and various international issues.
- The Department is also home to Interstate, the oldest student-run international politics journal in the United Kingdom, providing a unique opportunity for you to publish your work (particularly advantageous if you wish to progress to postgraduate study) or gain valuable experience working as part of the editorial team. Stimulating student societies foster a strong sense of community within the department, offering a programme of political debates, visiting speakers, conferences and workshops, alongside numerous social activities such as an annual ball.
Studying for a degree in Drama and Theatre with International Relations will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:
- the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
- effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
- the ability to work independently
- time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
- self-motivation and self-reliance
- team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
- research skills.
What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying?
Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.
Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department.
Learning & Teaching
What will I learn?
The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.
In your first year you will discover:
- introductory modules in making, thinking and studying
- political theory & key political ideas
- the different methodologies to analyse topical issues in international and domestic politics
- key issues facing the social world
- contemporary approaches to studio-based and site-based theatre-making
- the development and progress of international relations during the twentieth century
- key historical moments, practices and methods in drama and theatre
- the analysis of drama, theatre and performance.
In your second year, you will explore:
- contemporary theatre-making through practical, historical and theoretical approaches
- full-scale production work
- acting, directing and dramaturgy, devising, and designing
- the development of modern European theatre
- democracy and democracy promotion
- global inequality and the developing world
- intelligence and security
- Shakespeare in contemporary performance
- theatre and contemporary society
- new media and performance writing.
In your final year, you will have the opportunity:
- to create independent creative work
- to undertake a major research project and engage in advanced theoretical study
- to extend your skills in ensemble and solo production projects
- to learn about BRICS and the global economy
- to explore Latin American Politics
- to learn about the EU & NATO
- to explore politics in Russia, Europe and the USA
- to study British & comparative politics
- to develop your entrepreneurial skills in producing and curating cultural events
- to write your own play script
- to study specialist modules that may address: space; place and landscape; performance and philosophy; performance; politics and protest; theatre; gender and sexuality; performance and architecture; new music theatre; and contemporary British and Irish drama.
How will I be taught?
- You will be taught through practical workshops, small-group seminars, lectures, production projects and group based project work.
- Our teaching is frequently mixed-mode, interrogating theory through practical investigation and practice through the lens of various theoretical perspectives.
- You will be assessed through formal and performed essays, written and practical examinations, critical and creative portfolios, practical productions, seminar presentations and group activities.
- You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree scheme, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You are free to contact them at any time for help and advice.
The wide range of module choices paired with the wide variety of drama societies means we can easily be prepared for any area of drama and theatre practice. The academic and practical elements are brilliant, allowing us to either focus on one or the other and/or ground ourselves in the theory in order to better our practical exploration. The staff are always friendly and enthusiastic and always encourage us to do more and explore further.
The Department of International Politics has provided me with a new-found understanding of the world through modules on issues surrounding concepts of globalisation and the lives of women in the Third World. With experts in so many fields it is great having such an approachable set of tutors. My three years here at Aberystwyth have been educational as well as enjoyable and I would recommend studying here to anyone.
Typical Entry Requirements
UCAS Tariff 120 - 96
A Levels BBB-CCC
GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh
BTEC National Diploma:
English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.
Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.
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