BA Drama and Film Studies / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2023

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Advice to applicants

Potential candidates are expected to demonstrate why they have chosen this particular degree in their personal statement and express why the course interests them.

Applicants submitting mitigating circumstances

If you are submitting information about mitigating circumstances that have affected, or are likely to affect, your academic performance, you should include this in the referee's report.

We cannot usually take into account information that is supplied after an adverse decision has been made on an application by the admitting school.

(Examples of mitigating circumstances include family illness, problems with school facilities or an unusual curriculum followed by your school of college.)

How your application is considered

We welcome applications from a wide range of entry routes, including mature students and overseas applicants.

In the first stage of the application process, we will consider your application including looking at your achieved and predicted grades, personal statement and references. if these are satisfactory,  your application will proceed to stage 2 where we will invite you to interview. After interview, the admissions tutor for the programme will make a final decision on the application.

Interview requirements

if you are offered an interview, it will usually run for 20 minutes and will be a one to one discussion with a member of the Drama or Film department. It is our aim that the interview should be a relaxed but informed conversation - we are not seeking to set traps and trick questions for you! However, we are keen to determine your ability to discuss and think about drama and film studies critically as well as wanting to gauge whether you will thrive on the kinds of modules, approaches and experiences that studying Drama at Manchester entails.

Returning to education

We welcome applications from mature students and will consider them on an individual basis.


We welcome applications from candidates who intend to defer entry.

if offered an interview, we might ask you about your plans for deferral and how a year out might feed in to your future studies or provide you with experiences you might be able to draw on during a Drama related degree.

We do ask that applicants let us know as early as possible if they are intending to defer. This helps us to adjust the number of offers we make, in order to achieve the required number of students in a given year.  


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.


We welcome applications from applicants transferring from other institutions. Each application will be considered on merit, providing we have enough places to accommodate them. Enquiries should be made to the admissions administrator for the subject (see contact details). We will require your current transcripts and a reference from your tutor.