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)
Drama research at Manchester is structured around three key areas:
- applied theatre and performance
- theatre historiographies (19th-21st Centuries)
- 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.
Explore how we're engaging with cultural producers and organisations in Manchester and beyond.
Find out more about the major grants, awards and prizes for staff in Drama.
Read how research by the Drama department influences and engages with the wider community.
Find out where some of our staff have been published.