Studying Drama and Theatre / International Relations at Aberystwyth University will allow you to explore the historic and established forms that have shaped drama, theatre and performance alongside a discipline that will assist you in developing a comprehensive understanding of global politics. Combining these subjects will give you the opportunity to look at theatre from an international perspective and to enrich your understanding of international relations through a cultural lens.
On this course, you will explore a wide range of critical and creative forms and practices while at the same time develop your capacity as an independent theatre-maker, thinker and scholar. You will be able to apply your passion for Theatre to tackling the global challenges of our time. Theatre has the power to question and challenge ideas and beliefs. It helps us to think about the way in which we live, how our actions affect others, our impact upon the world and how we might make changes for the better. By studying International Relations, you will learn how to confront issues from many perspectives and how to think creatively and embrace new opinions. Join us in Aberystwyth and let the staff and students in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies and Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth inspire you to become an independent, creative thinker.
Why study BA Drama and Theatre / 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.
- As a student on this course, you will have the opportunity to participate in the 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.
- You will also be able to take advantage of the 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 International Politics 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.
- The Department of Theatre, Film & Television studies has superb facilities and resources for practical work: three fully-equipped performance studios, a television studio and gallery, an analogue film laboratory, a sound recording studio, editing and grading suites, a cinema, three large well equipped rehearsal rooms, costume and wardrobe facilities, a dedicated scenography studio in the centre of town, the surrounding landscape: a resource for creative inspiration. 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.
- 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.
Modules September start - 2024
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|
|Globalization and Global Development *||IP12520||20|
|Politics in the 21st Century *||IP12920||20|
|Site-Specific Performance Project||TP11420||20|
|Studio Theatre Project||TP11120||20|
|The Making of the Modern World: War Peace and Revolution since 1789||IP12820||20|
|War, Strategy and Intelligence||IP10320||20|
|Body, Voice, Expression.||TP10220||20|
|Body, Voice, Perception||TP10120||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 job opportunities are there for me while 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. Getting involved in as much as you can will look good on your CV and there is plenty of opportunity to take part in all sorts of career boosting activities at Aberystwyth University. As a student on this course, you can take part in the Parliamentary Placement scheme, join the interstate team, and throw yourself into performances of all kinds to get real-life experience.
Studying for this degree in Drama and Theatre / 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?
Go to the Aberystwyth University Careers Service page to find out about the various opportunities on offer.
Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department.
Teaching & Learning
What will I learn?
The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.
- 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.
- 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.
- create independent creative work
- undertake a major research project and engage in advanced theoretical study
- extend your skills in ensemble and solo production projects
- learn about BRICS and the global economy
- explore Latin American Politics
- learn about the EU & NATO
- explore politics in Russia, Europe and the USA
- study British & comparative politics
- develop your entrepreneurial skills in producing and curating cultural events
- write your own play script
- 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.
The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.