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

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EduRank

Below is a list of best universities in the United Kingdom ranked based on their research performance in Performing arts. A graph of 146M citations received by 5.15M academic papers made by 81 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 between 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 the university website.

Please note that our approach to subject rankings is based on scientific outputs and heavily biased on art-related topics towards institutions with computer science research profiles.

1. University of Oxford

For Performing arts

#1 in Europe
#7 in the World
Acceptance Rate
18%
Founded
1096

3. University of Cambridge

For Performing arts

#3 in Europe
#15 in the World
Acceptance Rate
21%
Founded
1209

5. University College London

For Performing arts

#5 in Europe
#24 in the World
Enrollment
42,000
Founded
1826

6. University of Sheffield

For Performing arts

#6 in Europe
#25 in the World
Acceptance Rate
14%
Founded
1905

7. University of Nottingham

For Performing arts

#7 in Europe
#29 in the World
Acceptance Rate
11%
Founded
1948

8. University of Warwick

For Performing arts

#8 in Europe
#32 in the World
Acceptance Rate
14%
Enrollment
27,278
Founded
1965

9. University of Edinburgh

For Performing arts

#9 in Europe
#34 in the World
Acceptance Rate
51%
Founded
1583

10. University of Bristol

For Performing arts

#10 in Europe
#35 in the World
Acceptance Rate
68%
Enrollment
27,513
Founded
1909

11. King's College London

For Performing arts

#11 in Europe
#40 in the World
Acceptance Rate
13%
Founded
1829

12. University of Reading

For Performing arts

#13 in Europe
#44 in the World
Acceptance Rate
86%
Founded
1892

14. University of Exeter

For Performing arts

#15 in Europe
#49 in the World
Acceptance Rate
73%
Founded
1955

15. Lancaster University

For Performing arts

#17 in Europe
#56 in the World
Acceptance Rate
19%
Founded
1964

16. Queen Mary University of London

For Performing arts

#18 in Europe
#57 in the World
Acceptance Rate
44%
Founded
1989

17. University of East Anglia

For Performing arts

#20 in Europe
#59 in the World
Acceptance Rate
22%
Founded
1963

19. Durham University

For Performing arts

#28 in Europe
#79 in the World
Acceptance Rate
41%
Enrollment
19,520
Founded
1832

20. University of Brighton

For Performing arts

#30 in Europe
#83 in the World
Acceptance Rate
72%
Founded
1992

21. Cardiff University

For Performing arts

#31 in Europe
#84 in the World
Acceptance Rate
20%
Founded
1997

22. Royal Holloway, University of London

For Performing arts

#32 in Europe
#88 in the World
Acceptance Rate
17%
Founded
1849

23. University of York

For Performing arts

#33 in Europe
#89 in the World
Acceptance Rate
20%
Founded
1963

24. University of Liverpool

For Performing arts

#34 in Europe
#91 in the World
Acceptance Rate
14%
Enrollment
28,693
Founded
1881

25. Queen's University Belfast

For Performing arts

#38 in Europe
#97 in the World
Acceptance Rate
31%
Founded
1849

26. University of London

For Performing arts

#40 in Europe
#101 in the World
Enrollment
50,000
Founded
1836

27. University of Southampton

For Performing arts

#41 in Europe
#104 in the World
Acceptance Rate
84%
Enrollment
21,335
Founded
1952

28. University of Sussex

For Performing arts

#42 in Europe
#108 in the World
Enrollment
17,319
Male:Female
44:56
Founded
1961

29. Newcastle University

For Performing arts

#44 in Europe
#112 in the World
Acceptance Rate
87%
Founded
1963

30. University of Leicester

For Performing arts

#47 in Europe
#117 in the World
Acceptance Rate
72%
Enrollment
24,409
Male:Female
46:54
Founded
1957

32. Imperial College London

For Performing arts

#53 in Europe
#132 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
17,565
Founded
1907

34. Goldsmiths, University of London

For Performing arts

#58 in Europe
#141 in the World
Acceptance Rate
17%
Founded
1904

36. Loughborough University

For Performing arts

#60 in Europe
#146 in the World
Acceptance Rate
68%
Enrollment
19,449
Founded
1966

40. University of St Andrews

For Performing arts

#71 in Europe
#187 in the World
Enrollment
10,425
Founded
1413

41. Sheffield Hallam University

For Performing arts

#79 in Europe
#204 in the World
Acceptance Rate
43%
Founded
1992

42. University of Strathclyde

For Performing arts

#80 in Europe
#205 in the World
Acceptance Rate
42%
Founded
1964

43. University of Roehampton

For Performing arts

#90 in Europe
#227 in the World
Acceptance Rate
42%
Founded
2004

44. University of Surrey

For Performing arts

#92 in Europe
#229 in the World
Acceptance Rate
65%
Enrollment
16,900
Founded
1966

45. Kingston University

For Performing arts

#93 in Europe
#230 in the World
Acceptance Rate
41%
Founded
1992

46. University of Hull

For Performing arts

#101 in Europe
#246 in the World
Acceptance Rate
79%
Founded
1954

48. University of the West of England

For Performing arts

#107 in Europe
#256 in the World
Enrollment
30,732
Founded
1992

49. University of Salford

For Performing arts

#108 in Europe
#259 in the World
Acceptance Rate
8%
Founded
1967

50. University of Huddersfield

For Performing arts

#114 in Europe
#282 in the World
Acceptance Rate
69%
Founded
1992

51. Birkbeck, University of London

For Performing arts

#119 in Europe
#291 in the World
Acceptance Rate
76%
Founded
1823

52. Brunel University London

For Performing arts

#120 in Europe
#294 in the World
Acceptance Rate
54%
Founded
1966

53. University of Stirling

For Performing arts

#121 in Europe
#295 in the World
Acceptance Rate
11%
Enrollment
14,000
Founded
1967

54. Nottingham Trent University

For Performing arts

#127 in Europe
#312 in the World
Acceptance Rate
22%
Founded
1992

55. City, University of London

For Performing arts

#131 in Europe
#318 in the World
Acceptance Rate
12%
Founded
1966

56. Oxford Brookes University

For Performing arts

#133 in Europe
#323 in the World
Enrollment
16,900
Founded
1865

57. University of Bath

For Performing arts

#136 in Europe
#328 in the World
Acceptance Rate
67%
Enrollment
18,857
Male:Female
53:47
Founded
1966

58. Aberystwyth University

For Performing arts

#137 in Europe
#334 in the World
Acceptance Rate
94%
Founded
1872

60. University of Winchester

For Performing arts

#145 in Europe
#350 in the World
Acceptance Rate
41%
Founded
2005

63. Edge Hill University

For Performing arts

#154 in Europe
#370 in the World
Acceptance Rate
28%
Founded
2006

64. Manchester Metropolitan University

For Performing arts

#155 in Europe
#373 in the World
Acceptance Rate
80%
Founded
1992

65. Ulster University

For Performing arts

#168 in Europe
#401 in the World
Acceptance Rate
81%
Founded
1968

66. Anglia Ruskin University

For Performing arts

#169 in Europe
#407 in the World
Acceptance Rate
52%
Founded
1858

67. University of Plymouth

For Performing arts

#179 in Europe
#426 in the World
Acceptance Rate
85%
Founded
1992

70. Birmingham City University

For Performing arts

#187 in Europe
#441 in the World
Acceptance Rate
52%
Founded
1992

71. Leeds Beckett University

For Performing arts

#192 in Europe
#455 in the World
Acceptance Rate
75%
Founded
1992

72. University of Lincoln

For Performing arts

#193 in Europe
#457 in the World
Acceptance Rate
91%
Founded
1992

73. London South Bank University

For Performing arts

#198 in Europe
#469 in the World
Acceptance Rate
17%
Founded
1892

74. Edinburgh Napier University

For Performing arts

#210 in Europe
#486 in the World
Acceptance Rate
56%
Founded
1992

75. Bournemouth University

For Performing arts

#214 in Europe
#493 in the World
Enrollment
14,293
Founded
1992

76. University of Hertfordshire

For Performing arts

#217 in Europe
#499 in the World
Acceptance Rate
70%
Founded
1992

78. Teesside University

For Performing arts

#228 in Europe
#528 in the World
Acceptance Rate
31%
Enrollment
19,290
Founded
1992

80. Middlesex University

For Performing arts

#234 in Europe
#541 in the World
Acceptance Rate
57%
Founded
1973

81. University of the Arts London

For Performing arts

#241 in Europe
#556 in the World
Acceptance Rate
26%
Founded
1986

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