The study of drama is a true marriage of intellect and emotion.


We believe drama can change the world.

Studying drama at Essex is transformative. It will equip you for the future you want, whether you pursue a career in theatre or outside the industry.

Dissect issues such as the representation of gender on stage and theatre in education. Study everything from Greek tragedy to contemporary verbatim theatre. Devise your own performances and develop your own playwrighting.

We are committed to furthering the cause of human rights through drama and we’re ranked 2nd  in the UK for drama (Guardian University Guide 2019). If you’re determined to study Drama, you’re in the right place.

Why study here?
  • We have a thriving Theatre Arts Society and student company - students regularly produce their own shows.
  • Our lecturers are respected, working theatre professionals and our Lakeside Theatre is a vibrant creative hub with an international reputation.
  • Our students have access to the University's Media Centre, equipped with state-of-the-art studios, cameras, audio and lighting equipment, and an industry-standard editing suite.
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