Drama and Theatre Studies

National University of Ireland, Galway

12 months
15550 EUR/year
6400 EUR/year
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The MA in Drama and Theatre Studies at National University of Ireland, Galway, housed at the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, is an exciting and rigorous course that situates core learning in theatre-making, critical perspectives, and theatre history.


A diverse range of modules will allow you to build a programme that suits your chosen career trajectory—whether in theatre practice, Irish drama, playwriting, theatre criticism, applied theatre or a blend of these. 

As a student at the O’Donoghue Centre, you will benefit from immersion in a supportive, invigorating community of world-class practitioners and scholars, while based in Galway, home to a vibrant arts and theatre scene.

This MA Drama and Theatre Studies programme at National University of Ireland, Galway blends theoretical and practical approaches to the study of drama, theatre and performance and is particularly suited to applicants who wish to produce theatre publicly, write or review plays, teach drama, or carry out further academic research. Applicants with a general interest in theatre are also very welcome.

 As a student on the course, you will have the opportunity to  benefit from NUI Galway’s unique partnership with Druid Theatre, recently described by The New York Times as “one of the world’s great theatre companies.” Led by Garry Hynes, the Druid Academy involves masterclasses, and workshops.

Career Opportunities

Recent graduates have gone on to work with many theatre companies including the Abbey Theatre, the Gate Theatre, Rough Magic, the Young Vic (London) and others. They have also found employment in education, the heritage and tourist industries, arts organisations, business and the public service. Many have progressed to PhD study, often winning scholarships in support of their studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Exploring Michael Chekhov Technique
  • Irish Drama and Theatre from Wilde to O'Casey
  • Playwright's Workshop 
  • Writing about Theatre and Performance
  • Digital Literature, Arts, and Creative Practice
  • Performance Lab
  • Critical Theory for Film and Theatre
  • Applied Theatre
  • Irish Drama and Theatre from Beckett to the Present
  • From Globe to Globe: Contextualising Shakespeare on stage and on screen
  • Fieldwork And Theatre Business
  • Advanced Theatre Production Practicum

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

A university arts degree (minimum standard 2.2, or US GPA 3.0). Students will be accepted on the basis of the degree result, a writing sample (5–6 pages)—which can be an academic essay, creative writing piece or theatre reviews—a personal statement outlining suitability for and interest in the programme, and names and contact details of two references. Applicants who do not meet the minimum entry requirements may be admitted via a qualifying exam if they have relevant professional experience, or may be admitted to the PDip. Students who do not meet the honours degree requirement but have a Level 7 degree (Merit 2) may be admitted to the PDip course with the possibility of progressing to the MA if they receive a minimum of 60% in their course work during the year.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15550 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15550 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6400 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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