What you'll study

The programme is designed to meet our global cohort’s wide-ranging needs: we cater to those who intend to pursue a professional career in the creative industries or enhance their existing professional standing and those seeking to extend their knowledge and develop their appreciation of theatre and performance.

Whether you study full or part-time, we strive to provide you with a comprehensive but flexible programme of study in theatre and performance, equipping our graduates with a rigorous academic grounding in the practices, histories, contexts and methodologies of a vast spectrum of theatre and performance-related subjects.

Upcoming webinars can be found here. 

Find out more in our current course brochure. 

Hear from some of our graduates

Why choose this course?

Choose your own pathway

Build your own route through your degree to focus on your own interests and preferences

Subject specialists

Expert teaching from academic staff and industry professionals, whose experience covers the broad spectrum of the discipline

Professional preparation

Alongside your academic work, you will develop valuable skills around professional behaviours, employability and entrepreneurship – fundamental to whatever career path you choose when you graduate

International Learning Community

Our Virtual Learning Environment allows you to study independently as well as work with others in small groups online, where you will be part of a vibrant community

Course breakdown

Course content is regularly reviewed, to make it relevant and current. Course modules are therefore subject to change.

Year 1

Level 4: (120 credits) Obligatory (up to 3 years)

  • Theatres at Work (40 credits)
  • The Craft of Playmaking & The Critical Audience (40 credits)
  • Elements of Performance (40 credits)

Year 2

Level 5: 120 credits (up to three years)
Obligatory modules:

Naturalism (20 credits)

Shakespeare (20 credits)

Then select two further 40 credit strands from the following electives:

  • The Playwright (40 credits)
  • The Director (40 credits)
  • The Actor (40 credits)
  • Beyond the Stage: Space and Place, & Live Artists at Work (40 credits)
  • Musical Theatre (40 credits)

Year 3

Level 6 120 credits (up to three years)
Obligatory module:

  • Topics in Contemporary Theatre (20 credits)

Obligatory for Honours:

  • Independent Research Project (60 credits)

Then select 40 credits from the following electives:

  • Shakespeare in Performance (20 credits)
  • Theatre Criticism (20 credits)
  • Theatre of the Absurd (20 credits)
  • Brecht and the Epic Tradition (40 credits)
  • Ancient Greek Theatre: Histories and Practices (40 credits)
  • The Empire Acts Back (40 credits)

Teaching and assessment methods

Each module is divided into three units. A unit might include notes, tasks, documents, recordings and images – all of which are designed to guide you through the topic in an active way.

You will keep a Coursework Portfolio and Reflective Journal which you will share with your tutors online. Regular monthly webinars will also form part of your study routine and will provide you with opportunities to actively engage with other students.

You will have a range of assessment modes that combine to equip you with essential and traditional academic practices alongside opportunities to create, present, perform, collaborate and research.



Your future career

Our graduates have gone on to work across a range of theatre-related roles and in education. Some continue on to further study on postgraduate programmes.

Alumni success

Debbie Bird

Actor, Writer and Producer of Buzzing

Jenny Wooster

Drama Teacher

Martin Christie

Co-Owner and Co-Artistic Director of the Alloway Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts in Ayr, Scotland

Tina Hofman

Artistic Director at Notnow Collective

Craig Sanders

Theatre Manager, West Lindsey District Council

Sharon Frese

Actor and Freelance Theatre Practitioner

Careers options

Studying an Arts related subject provides our students with a wide range of skills. Recent graduates have progressed into the following occupations:

  • Writers, producers and directors
  • Teaching and other educational professionals
  • Actors, entertainers and presenters
  • Theatre designers
  • Theatre managers

Meet the staff

Jayne Richards

Curriculum Manager for Online Learning and Teaching

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Karen Morash Lead Academic Tutor of Rose Bruford College's Theatre Studies Online
Dr Karen Morash

Lead Academic Tutor of Theatre Studies Online

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How to Apply

Institution code:

Course code:

Full time: 96 UCAS credits

Part time: we give consideration to applicants with non-standard entry requirements.

*We offer places based upon your future potential. We may offer you a place based on lower UCAS points than shown here, or an offer that is not linked to UCAS points if we have evidence of your potential from your application or audition/portfolio review.

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Course Summary


3 years - 10 years

Mode of study

Full time or Part-time

Start date

Jan 2022 - Sep 2022

Course Type

Undergraduate Course


BA (Hons)

Course Fees (2021 Entry)

UK/Republic of Ireland & International students (full time 120 credits)


UK/Republic of Ireland & International students (part time, per 20 credits)


How to apply

Download the Theatre Studies Online application form below by hitting the apply button.

The application form is an editable PDF so you may need to download an Adobe reader on your device. You can then open the form via the reader and complete the form electronically.


Step 2

Complete the form and save it.

Step 3

Email your completed form to [email protected]

Our Admissions Team will send an acknowledgement of receiving your application within two working days of receipt.

If you have any questions about your application please contact us at [email protected].

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