BA Drama / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2024

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

How your application is considered

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

Every application that meets the entry requirement is considered on an equal basis and each application is evaluated by two members of staff before a decision is made.  

The admissions process runs as follows: the first stage will involve checking predicted/achieved grades and, if these are satisfactory, applicants will proceed to stage two, which is an invitation to interview.  After interview, the Admissions Tutor will decide whether a place will be offered.

Interview requirements

If you are offered an interview, it will normally run for 20 minutes and will be a one-to-one discussion with a member of the Drama lecturing team.  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 critically as well as wanting to gauge whether you will thrive on the kind 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 the year out might feed into your future studies or provide you with experiences that you might be able to draw on during a Drama-related degree.

We do ask applicants to 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 candidates 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 transcripts and a reference from your tutor.