Postgraduate Courses in Drama and Theatre

NUI Galway is the leading international centre for the study of Irish drama, theatre and performance.  We offer students and researchers exciting opportunities to learn from excellent lecturers and leading theatre practitioners, in a range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  We have special expertise in Irish theatre, theatre archives, playwriting, and much more.  If you are considering an MA or PhD in the area of drama, theatre and performance, there really is no better place to study than at NUI Galway. 

We offer a range of MAs and postgraduate diplomas in drama, theatre and performance. 

Students choose from a suite that includes:

These world-class MAs make the most of NUI Galway’s unique resources, including our extensive collection of Irish theatre archives and our dynamic partnerships with key Irish theatre and arts organisations.

For more advanced postgraduate study, our Structured PhD in Drama and Theatre gives you access to direct mentorship by leading scholars in theatre and performance studies in the Irish and international contexts.  You will have the option of pursuing a PhD through academic research and/or practice-based methods (acting, playwriting, direction, devising, etc.) By combining the academic with the practical, your PhD experience at NUI Galway will give you the hands-on skills necessary to succeed.

Please visit ‘Postgraduate Funding Opportunities at NUI Galway’ for more information about funding opportunities and deadlines at NUI Galway and beyond. 

Since the mid-1970s, NUI Galway has been a breeding ground for successive generations of theatre-makers, writers and artists.  Among the most illustrious of our graduates are the three Druid Theatre Company founding members, Tony-Award winning Director Garry Hynes, and the actors Marie Mullen and the late Mick Lally.  Our success continues as the last five years alone have seen NUI Galway graduates winning such awards as the PJ O’Connor Prize (RTÉ), the JMK Trust award for finding Britain’s theatre directors, and more.  We hope that you will become part of our shared future and explore all that NUI Galway has to offer.


PhDs in Drama and Theatre Studies

At the Black Pig's Dyke, Nun's Island, 2011

If you want to know more, or would like to do arrange to visit us in Galway, please feel free to contact us at any time.

Patrick Lonergan
Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies
Patrick.Lonergan@nuigalway.ie 

Charlotte McIvor
Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies
Director of Postgraduate Studies, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance
Charlotte.McIvor@nuigalway.ie