Drama at The University of Manchester has been confirmed as one of the leading departments in the UK for research.

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)
  • A further 32% was ranked at 3* ('internationally excellent' with 'very considerable' impact)

Key areas

Drama research at Manchester is structured around three key areas:

  1. applied theatre and performance
  2. theatre historiographies (19th-21st Centuries)
  3. screen studies

We also seek continually to question these sub-disciplinary boundaries, and to explore both intra- and inter-disciplinary collaborations that will challenge our assumptions and extend our understandings.

Colleagues from across the subject area support and inform each other’s work in numerous ways, to the extent that a distinct 'Manchester approach' is identifiable.