The Department of Drama and Theatre Studies has long been one of the most visible departments at the University of Malawi. It plays an important role in leading the nation in drama and theatre studies. The department is manned by veteran playwrights, scholars and researchers and for a long time, it has trained theatre-oriented scholars in the appreciation of national, regional and international theatre practices. The training also includes a practical element, where students are drilled in theatre scriptwriting, directing and acting skills. The Department offers a Bachelor Arts in Drama and Theatre Studies and a Master of Arts in Theatre and Media Communication.