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Study options

Full-time: 3 Years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112* (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



Joint Honours

Start date



Derby Theatre

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Course description

Many of your theatre modules will be delivered at Derby Theatre, a fully equipped, professional theatre and major live performance venue, allowing you to gain valuable industry experience and contacts as you learn. To find out more about the work that Derby Theatre do outside of the University, please visit their YouTube Channel.

As part of the Joint Honours Theatre programme, you will have opportunities to develop your theatre making skills in writing, devising, directing, and applied theatre. This dynamic and exciting Joint Honours Theatre programme is taught by practising professional artists with expertise in their own fields. Built around process, experimentation and risk taking you will encounter a range of practices to explore and develop your theatre making skills. An exciting part of your studies is the opportunity to engage with professional work experience within Derby Theatre or partner organisations, which will contribute to the development of your professional portfolio. You can also take part in public performances including studio theatre spaces, and off-site in the community, schools, and art centres.‌

“JHS combined with Theatre provided a fantastic foundation for my career. The ability to study two subjects provided the flexibility required for a variety of career paths developing not just knowledge but the transferable skills needed for the modern world. Through my teaching practice I have used both my Education Studies and Theatre Studies to develop my teaching.”

Joe Tricky, Theatre Joint Honours

Derby Theatre
The UK's unique professional, producing and learning theatre 

As a Learning Theatre, Derby Theatre provides a unique opportunity for students to learn to their craft by working alongside both academics and theatre professionals in the heart of a professional producing theatre, to develop your skills in technical theatre or performance. 

Students, academics and artists work, create and learn side by side at Derby Theatre. All decisions about the development of both the art and the learning opportunities are made together. At every stage, there is huge potential in the crucible of the arts, learning and research combining to both underpin and inform our future work.  

Derby Theatre provides an extraordinary platform for real life learning to take place, not only through the exciting main stage and studio programmes, but also through the work that the Theatre does with young people, young people in care, emerging artists and the community. Graduates of the programme can also be supported by our Artist Development Programme, In Good Company, which is part of a large regional funding programme. 

Winner: Excellence in Arts Education Award, UK Theatre Awards 2019
Derby Theatre won the Excellence in Arts Education Award at the annual UK Theatre Awards, in recognition of its learning theatre vision which has transformed the venue and provides opportunities for young people to take part in high-quality arts, sports and cultural activities across the city. The award was also in specific recognition and celebration of This is Derby, a unique project delivered by Derby Theatre and other cultural and sports organisations in the city, including Derby County Community Trust, Cultural Campus: Derby's Cultural Education Partnership and the City's Sports Forum.


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Derby Theatre wins Excellence in Arts Education Award at UK Theatre Awards

Derby Theatre has won recognition of its learning theatre vision and innovative This is Derby project.

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Study and learn alongside professionals at Derby Theatre...

About Derby Theatre and how students can access this venue during their studies

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What you will study

Example modules are shown below, the modules available as a Joint Honours student will be dependent on the subject that you combine with. In your first year, modules will be defined for you, and will be dependent on your subject combination to ensure you have the best fit. In your second and third years, module availability and the number of modules you are required to take will depend on whether you choose this subject as a major, joint or minor.

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 4TH520

Spotlight on: Industry Practice

This module provides the opportunity for all students to fully interact with the processes involved in the professional theatre environment in which you are based.

You will engage with the various departments within Derby Theatre and explore the plethora of roles and responsibilities involved in theatre and theatre making, from Front of House, to Technical, Learning, Creative, Directing, Marketing and Fundraising. As such, this module will create the connections that you might draw on for your work experience and facilitates your future networking skills and professional opportunities.

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20 Credits

Code: 4TH523

Writing in Action

This module will explore a broad range of facets related to writing for performance, and the many possibilities available to the dramatist. You will engage in experimental practical exercises to explore the creation and development of ideas, and construction of script. There will be an emphasis on the practical investigation of structuring scenes while also exploring rehearsal methods used by contemporary actors and directors.
20 Credits

Code: 4TH524

Critical Dialogues

This module approaches fundamental work in the contextualisation and critical analysis of theatre and performance practice. It aims to provide an introduction to, and development of, a range of academic skills necessary for the practical and theoretical study of theatre and the successful completion of the programme.

This module will provide you with structures to support your practical work, as you will be introduced to practitioners, theories, and theoretical frameworks for the discussion and analysis of performance and theatre practice. You will engage with deep theoretical, analytical reflection and lively debate, in relation to experimentation across your modules, and the live theatre you will see. You will cultivate an understanding of the relationship of your developing practice to wider global historical and contemporary practice and performance. You will gain foundational theoretical grounding and develop critically reflexive thinking and writing skills.

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20 Credits

Code: 4TH525

Theatre Lab

This module provides you with the space to explore, experiment and develop your practical skills and understanding of what theatre and performance may be, through a focus on devising work. As a complement to your assessed piece of text-based main stage performance in Performance Skills, this module will focus upon physical and potentially more avant-garde approaches to performance that would feature in small scale/studio or site specific environments.

As such, you will be encouraged to take creative risks, and discover new styles of performance and working practices that you may not have encountered before. The module introduces some key elements in the group devising process and the exploration of your performance potential.

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20 Credits

Code: 5TH516

Spotlight on: Research and Professional Development

This module will engage you in a deep consideration of your developing interests and skills in creative, academic and work-based contexts. You will build on your developing practice and wider understanding of theatre and performance, through academic study and exploration of professional practice. As such, this module becomes preparation for level 6 of your study, as well as enabling you to begin to plan towards your future employability.
20 Credits

Code: 5TH519

Devising Laboratory

This module will serve as a development of your study of contemporary theatre through the exploration of devised theatre. You will consider historical context, genre, practitioner theory, and performance technique.

You will gain further understanding and awareness of methods employed by professional practitioners within the discipline of devised theatre. You will consider the tools at your disposal for creating exciting, contemporary and relevant theatre, including scenic possibilities as well as the actor’s physical and vocal work. The module focuses on the collaboration necessary to engage with aspects of the devising practice as you work in groups to explore content and form.

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40 Credits

Code: 5TH520

Introduction to Applied Drama

The emphasis on this module is working with different groups in society. These may be adults, young people, children, the elderly and other disadvantaged or hard to reach groups and minorities, or a specialist audience.

Inherent in this module is the exploration of the skills, theoretical knowledge and understanding needed for delivering a short participatory drama project. The module is firmly rooted on the practical realities of working creatively using drama techniques. A hands-on work-based learning approach will be underpinned with a clear theoretical context.

The module focuses on the application of your skills, theoretical knowledge and understanding of applied drama which address learning objectives in a wider community context. The exact nature of the project is decided through negotiation between the student, tutor and outside agencies involved.

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20 Credits

Code: 6ES515


Often regarded as the most profound of literary genres, tragedy stages conflicts between desire and law, individuals and institutions, human beings and inhuman demands. Beginning in Ancient Greece, the form evolved significantly during the Renaissance and is synonymous with Shakespeare’s greatest works.

This module will examine tragedy and the tragic in plays from Classical Greece and Renaissance England, taking in some of Shakespeare’s major tragedies as well as the bloody revenge dramas of the Jacobean age. It will address, too, the rich critical and theoretical heritage which has grown out of a recurrent and widespread fascination with this bleak, often grim, but compelling and cathartic genre. Assessment is by a negotiated project involving close analysis of the texts studied.

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20 Credits

Code: 6TH514

Directors and Directing

This module will involve a theoretical and practical approach to directing. You will research into the historical, contemporary, and creative processes that directors draw upon, and how these can be applied in a rehearsal context. In considering the broader concerns of a director, you will explore relationships and working practices beyond the director/actor relationship. For example, the director and the set/costume and lighting designer. You will also gain an appreciation of how understanding the way that theatres programme their received work, may impact on your process as a director.
20 Credits

Code: 6TH515

Research Project

This is an exciting module which gives you the opportunity to develop a focused research project on your area of interest and developing specialism that you identified in your level 5 module Spotlight on Research and Professional Development. This may take the form of practice as research, with a written component, or may be exclusively written, dependant on the relative needs of your area of research. The module is crucially driven by you as an independent researcher and practitioner, with suitable support and guidance from your teaching team and professionals within Derby Theatre, as appropriate to your project. The module is designed to enable you to hone your independent critical thinking in relation to materials encountered within your study. Good practice of academic enquiry, research methodologies, and an appropriate level of research is expected.
40 Credits

Code: 6TH516

Spotlight on: Employability

This module focuses on the systems and protocol that are expected within the Creative Industries and Theatre specifically. For example, CVs, interview technique, funding applications, etc. As such it is intended as a development of the skills considered necessary for self-management of graduating students moving into professional practice within the industry. You will also reflect upon the transferability of your skills in relation to broader employability possibilities and career pathways.
20 Credits

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

Lectures are practical and taught at Derby Theatre where you will also have access to additional performances, workshops and masterclasses. Theoretical work is contextualised within industry-led models. Essays can be reflective on your practical work, analytical and help to develop your critical thinking and research skills. In some modules practical work is delivered off-site where you will be assessed in relation to your facilitation and communication skills with audiences/participants.

“The University of Derby and Derby Theatre have created a unique and exciting venue for live theatre, education and training. Arts Council England is proud to support organisations to deliver projects which engage audiences and develop emerging talent.” Peter Knott, Arts Council Area Director for the Midlands, Arts Council England.

Student experience

As a student you’ll have the opportunity to become a Student Ambassador of Derby Theatre with lots of benefits like complimentary tickets to certain shows and all press nights. You’ll also have the chance to visit the rehearsal room to see shows in development and be part of the student programming group where you can have your say on which touring shows come to Derby.

Hands on experience at a working theatre includes projects like film-making, blogging, marketing campaigns and music. Student Ambassadors have the chance to shadow and work with other departments in the venue as well as supporting the marketing team with promotions.

'Having the ability to study two subjects has been fantastic as I have had the chance to experience what makes both unique within the University as well as combine the two for my dissertation. It's meant I could tailor it to suit me.'

Noa McAlistair, Joint Honours Theatre


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Degree Show

Every year students from the School of Arts celebrate their time at University by showcasing their work at an end of year Degree Show at Markeaton Street and across the City of Derby. The Show usually runs throughout June and is a fantastic opportunity for potential employers, friends, family, industry and members of the public to see exciting creations by the next generation of artists, designers, creators and makers from Derby. The Show takes the form of:

Take a look at highlights from the 2019 Degree Show.

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Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Amanda Wallace

Amanda Wallace
Programme leader

Amanda is a lecture in theatre arts.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112* (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

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Academic Achievement Scholarship

We’re offering eligible students a £1,000 scholarship to celebrate your hard work and success.

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Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*



£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Our Joint Honours Theatre graduates are now working in a wide variety of areas, both in the theatre sector and beyond, including teaching, acting, creating new theatre companies, producing, directing, marketing, arts administration, BBC radio and education advisory work.

We create many opportunities for you to showcase your work to a wide audience. By the time you finish your course we will have introduced you to many important agencies and support networks relevant to working in the arts industry and helped you structure your CV and reflect on your employability.

We will do our best to equip you to be able to successfully plan your career development. You will develop the diverse range of skills and interests that employers are looking for and investigate other options, such as the potential of becoming self-employed or working on a freelance basis. 

Notable graduates

Through the combination of your subjects in Joint Honours study, you engage with a unique learning opportunity to develop your transferable skills which will contribute to your future career potential. 

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Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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