Drama at Manchester has a proud tradition of carrying out socially engaged, collaborative research. We work with a wide range of researchers, practitioners and communities, and engage in historical analysis of performance practices.

Our research is united by a shared understanding of ‘drama’ as an encompassing term that links film and theatre, performance and screen studies in the contemporary moment and also attends to their historical formation and practice.

Our work is intra and inter-disciplinary encompassing collaborative work with archives and museums, housing associations, local authorities and NGOs, as well as theatres and cinemas.

REF 2014 ranking

In the most recent (2014) Research Excellence Framework assessments, we retained our ranking as second nationally among UK Drama departments, and fifth among all departments represented in Unit of Assessment 35, which also covers Music and Dance. 

Over half of our research (55%) was rated at the highest, 4* level (ie. 'world leading' research with 'outstanding' impact), and a further 32% was ranked at 3* ('internationally excellent' with 'very considerable' impact).