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About us

Exeter Drama Department is an internationally-renowned centre for practice, research and teaching. Our teaching grows out of our wide-ranging research interests and we provide a supportive and high quality environment for learning.

Excellent teaching & research

  • Top 5 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and The Complete University Guide 2021
  • Top 100 worldwide for Drama (QS World University Subject Rankings 2020)
  • 79% of research classified as world-leading or internationally excellent1
  • Above UK average graduate level employment and postgraduate study rates for Drama
  • Collaborative and practice-based approach including drama in the community
  • Opportunities to specialise in areas such as directing, contemporary performance, music theatre, actor training, applied drama, theatre history and technical theatre crafts

1 Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4*and 3*

We are well-known for our exciting combination of practice and research, and regularly perform at the top of disciplinary league tables. Our students are offered a remarkable range of subjects and approaches to theatre and performance, supported by staff who are leading international researchers and professional practitioners. Our state-of-the-art studios and seminar spaces are run by a dedicated technical team. The department offers students a great context in which to critically engage with contemporary international culture and to pursue their own creative development.

Professor Jane Milling, Head of Drama