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Each year more than 4,000 choose NUI Galway as their University of choice. Find out what life at NUI Galway is all about here.
About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
Since 1845, NUI Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a rang of key areas of expertise.
Business & Industry
Guiding Breakthrough Research at NUI Galway
We explore and facilitate commercial opportunities for the research community at NUI Galway, as well as facilitating industry partnership.
- Alumni, Friends & Supporters
At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Postgraduate Courses and Research
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:
- MA/ Postgrduate Diploma in Drama and Theatre Studies (full-time)
- MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Drama and Theatre Studies (part-time)
- MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre, Practice and Production
- MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Playwriting and Dramaturgy
- MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Theatre History and Archives
- MA in Film and Theatre
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
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.
Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies
Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies
Director of Postgraduate Studies, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance