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Drama & Performance and Psychology BA/BSc (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Scientific approach to the study of psychological behaviour, experience and functioning
  • Research active staff providing depth of expertise in areas including counselling, developmental, educational, forensic, health, sport, business, cognitive and social psychology
  • A balance of innovative and traditional assessment methods to support your learning
  • Excellence in teaching using interactive and engaging methods with academic tutoring to support your personal and professional development as a reflective student
  • For those wishing to pursue a range of careers in theatre, including acting, writing, lighting and sound, directing and set design; a very stimulating and motivating course
  • Drama & Performance element predominantly taught in two state-of-the-art drama studios, fully equipped with lighting, sound, video and projection facilities
  • Earn-as-You-Learn opportunities, for example paid work as a youth theatre assistant or as a performer in our theatre in education company as well as a range of work placement opportunities with local theatres, companies and schools that lead regularly to offers of employment
  • One Drama & Performance course strand addresses the needs of students interested in teaching, theatre in education, youth theatre and community theatre

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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Drama & Performance and Psychology.

When you choose to combine Psychology with another subject in a Joint Honours degree will not receive the BPS accreditation as this pathway does not provide full coverage of mandatory BPS curriculum content. However, there is flexibility to switch to Single Honours at the end of the first year if you wish to receive a BPS accredited Psychology degree.


Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Stuart Currie
Admissions Tutor, Drama & Performance
01905 855291

Dr Helen Scott
Programme Lead, Psychology, and Joint Honours Academic Tutor
01905 542280

Dr Gillian Harrop
Admissions Tutor, Psychology
01905 542549

Elaine Walklet
Admissions Tutor, Psychology
01905 542420

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content


When selecting your modules for Years 2 and 3, it is important to consult with your academic tutor from Psychology. We offer an MSc in Psychology following the BSc that would provide you with the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

If as a Joint Honours student you go on to complete the MSc Psychology, the option of entering professional training within a particular pathway in psychology is then opened up to you. This would have an impact on your module choices within your Joint Honours program. See the MSc Psychology webpage for more information.

Year 1

Core modules:

Introduction to Psychology
Psychological Research Methods 1
Staging Plays: Reading, Research & Performance
Introduction to Devising


Module options:

Puppetry and Visual Theatre
Mask Acting
Theatre and Communities
European Theatre Practices

Year 2

Core modules:



Module options:

Biological & Cognitive Psychology
Social & Developmental Psychology
Psychological Research Methods 2
Individual Differences
Evolution and Human Behaviour
Diversity and Inclusivity in Psychology
Applied Theatre in a Range of Community Contexts
Plays and Playwrights: British Theatre in Times of Change
Devising & Adaptation
Theatre & Digital Media
Music Theatre
Making Theatrical Space
The Actor & Poetic Text
Choreography & Performance
Adaptation from Stage to Screen
Theatre, Real Lives & History
Directors & Directing
Physical Theatre

Year 3

Core modules:



Module options:

Psychology Research Project
Psychology in Practice
Business Psychology
Clinical Psychology
Coaching Psychology
Counselling Psychology
Educational Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Health Psychology
Critical Sociocultural Psychology
Applied Sports Psychology
Positive Psychology
Independent Research Project or Final Performance Project
Politics & Performance
Site Specific Performance
Contemporary Performance Practices
Theatre & Disability
Staging Shakespeare Today
New Voices in Contemporary British Theatre
Physical Performance, Choreography & Community Practices
Writing for Performance
Theatre for Young Audiences
Theatre & Education
Sexuality in Performance
Scenography: Specialist Project
Professional Practice



A degree with Psychology is highly favoured by employers, giving you an excellent advantage in the job market. Previous graduates have gone into roles as diverse as management, human resources, teaching, healthcare or art therapy. During your studies with us you will learn and develop a broad range of transferable skills. An important part of this learning process is the ability to reflect upon your own experiences; an aspect of practice engaged in by all professional psychologists.

We offer an MSc in Psychology following your BSc that would provide you with the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS). If as a Joint Honours student you go on to complete the MSc Psychology, the option of entering professional training within a particular pathway in psychology is then opened up to you. See the MSc Psychology webpage for more information.

There are excellent career opportunities for Drama & Performance graduates. These are both in drama-related areas, such as theatre, education, and the media, and in a wide range of other fields of employment made accessible through skills learned on the course in presentation, performance, critical thinking and writing, creativity, confidence and communication. Former students often set up their own businesses, for example as small scale touring theatre companies or drama education providers. Past students are now working as actors, producers, stage managers and directors for employers across the areas of theatre, TV, radio and film. Teaching and lecturing are very popular career choices for our graduates, as are arts administration and marketing.

How to apply

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Drama & Performance and Psychology BA/BSc (Hons) - WC48

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