72 Best Acting (Performing arts/Drama theatre) schools in the United Kingdom

Below is the list of best universities in the United Kingdom ranked based on their research performance in Performing arts. A graph of 49.7K citations received by 8.33K academic papers made by 72 universities in the United Kingdom was used to calculate publications' ratings, which then were adjusted for release dates and added to final scores.

We don't distinguish undergraduate and graduate programs nor do we adjust for current majors offered. You can find information about granted degrees on a university page but always double-check with an official site as it's constantly changing data.

Please note that our approach to topical rankings is based on scientific outputs and therefore prefers institutions researching arts through computer science.

  1. For Performing arts

    University of Cambridge logo
    Acceptance Rate
    21%
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1209
  2. For Performing arts

    University College London logo
    Acceptance Rate
    63%
    Enrollment
    42,000
    Founded
    1826
  3. For Performing arts

    University of Oxford logo
    Acceptance Rate
    18%
    Enrollment
    27,500
    Founded
    1096
  4. For Performing arts

    University of Nottingham logo
    Acceptance Rate
    11%
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1948
  5. For Performing arts

    University of Leeds logo
    Acceptance Rate
    76%
    Enrollment
    37,500
    Founded
    1904
  6. For Performing arts

    Lancaster University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    64%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1964
  7. For Performing arts

    University of Warwick logo
    Acceptance Rate
    14%
    Enrollment
    27,000
    Founded
    1965
  8. For Performing arts

    University of Manchester logo
    Acceptance Rate
    59%
    Enrollment
    42,500
    Founded
    1824
  9. For Performing arts

    University of Edinburgh logo
    Acceptance Rate
    51%
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1583
  10. For Performing arts

    University of Sheffield logo
    Acceptance Rate
    85%
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1905
  11. For Performing arts

    King's College London logo
    Acceptance Rate
    13%
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1829
  12. For Performing arts

    University of Exeter logo
    Acceptance Rate
    7%
    Enrollment
    27,500
    Founded
    1955
  13. For Performing arts

    Durham University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    41%
    Enrollment
    17,707
    Founded
    1832
  14. For Performing arts

    University of Glasgow logo
    Acceptance Rate
    70%
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1451
  15. For Performing arts

    University of York logo
    Acceptance Rate
    79%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1963
  16. For Performing arts

    University of Bristol logo
    Acceptance Rate
    68%
    Enrollment
    23,590
    Founded
    1909
  17. For Performing arts

    University of London logo
    Acceptance Rate
    63%
    Enrollment
    170,000
    Founded
    1836
  18. For Performing arts

    Newcastle University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    87%
    Enrollment
    27,500
    Founded
    1963
  19. For Performing arts

    University of Sussex logo
    Acceptance Rate
    83%
    Enrollment
    17,319
    Founded
    1961
  20. For Performing arts

    University of Reading logo
    Acceptance Rate
    58%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1892
  21. For Performing arts

    University of Birmingham logo
    Acceptance Rate
    74%
    Enrollment
    37,500
    Founded
    1900
  22. For Performing arts

    University of Leicester logo
    Acceptance Rate
    72%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1957
  23. For Performing arts

    University of Liverpool logo
    Acceptance Rate
    14%
    Enrollment
    28,693
    Founded
    1881
  24. For Performing arts

    University of East Anglia logo
    Acceptance Rate
    81%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1963
  25. For Performing arts

    Cardiff University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    73%
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1997
  26. For Performing arts

    Royal Holloway, University of London logo
    Acceptance Rate
    17%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1849
  27. For Performing arts

    Queen Mary University of London logo
    Acceptance Rate
    44%
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1989
  28. For Performing arts

    London School of Economics and Political Science logo
    Acceptance Rate
    9%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1895
  29. For Performing arts

    Manchester Metropolitan University logo
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1992
  30. For Performing arts

    Sheffield Hallam University logo
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1992
  31. For Performing arts

    University of Kent logo
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1965
  32. For Performing arts

    University of St Andrews logo
    Acceptance Rate
    9%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1413
  33. For Performing arts

    University of Southampton logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    21,335
    Founded
    1952
  34. For Performing arts

    University of the West of England logo
    Enrollment
    30,732
    Founded
    1992
  35. For Performing arts

    University of Salford logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1967
  36. For Performing arts

    Oxford Brookes University logo
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1865
  37. For Performing arts

    Nottingham Trent University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1992
  38. For Performing arts

    Brunel University London logo
    Acceptance Rate
    65%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1966
  39. For Performing arts

    Queen's University Belfast logo
    Acceptance Rate
    35%
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1849
  40. For Performing arts

    Aberystwyth University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    94%
    Enrollment
    7,500
    Founded
    1872
  41. For Performing arts

    Keele University logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1962
  42. For Performing arts

    Goldsmiths, University of London logo
    Acceptance Rate
    67%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1904
  43. For Performing arts

    University of Surrey logo
    Acceptance Rate
    65%
    Enrollment
    16,900
    Founded
    1966
  44. For Performing arts

    De Montfort University logo
    Enrollment
    27,500
    Founded
    1992
  45. For Performing arts

    Loughborough University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    68%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1966
  46. For Performing arts

    University of Brighton logo
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1992
  47. For Performing arts

    Birkbeck, University of London logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1823
  48. For Performing arts

    University of Sunderland logo
    Acceptance Rate
    27%
    Enrollment
    19,090
    Founded
    1992
  49. For Performing arts

    University of Aberdeen logo
    Acceptance Rate
    78%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1495
  50. For Performing arts

    University of Huddersfield logo
    Acceptance Rate
    20%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1992
  51. For Performing arts

    Leeds Beckett University logo
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1992
  52. For Performing arts

    Middlesex University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    57%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1973
  53. For Performing arts

    University of Hull logo
    Acceptance Rate
    79%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1954
  54. For Performing arts

    University of Stirling logo
    Acceptance Rate
    20%
    Enrollment
    14,000
    Founded
    1967
  55. For Performing arts

    University of Northampton logo
    Acceptance Rate
    20%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    2005
  56. For Performing arts

    Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London logo
    Enrollment
    375
    Founded
    1932
  57. For Performing arts

    University of Winchester logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    7,500
    Founded
    2005
  58. For Performing arts

    University of Dundee logo
    Acceptance Rate
    38%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1967
  59. For Performing arts

    University of East London logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1992
  60. For Performing arts

    University of Wolverhampton logo
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1992
  61. For Performing arts

    Bournemouth University logo
    Enrollment
    14,293
    Founded
    1992
  62. For Performing arts

    University of Essex logo
    Acceptance Rate
    74%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1964
  63. For Performing arts

    University of Roehampton logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    2004
  64. For Performing arts

    University of Strathclyde logo
    Acceptance Rate
    42%
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1964
  65. For Performing arts

    University of Westminster logo
    Acceptance Rate
    18%
    Enrollment
    19,000
    Founded
    1838
  66. For Performing arts

    Kingston University logo
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1992
  67. For Performing arts

    Bangor University logo
    Enrollment
    11,270
    Founded
    1884
  68. For Performing arts

    Ulster University logo
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1968
  69. For Performing arts

    Swansea University logo
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1920
  70. For Performing arts

    University of Bath logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1966
  71. For Performing arts

    University of Plymouth logo
    Acceptance Rate
    85%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1992
  72. For Performing arts

    Northumbria University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    63%
    Enrollment
    27,500
    Founded
    1992

The best cities to study Performing arts in the United Kingdom based on the number of universities and their ranks are Cambridge, London, Oxford, and Nottingham.