Important Information

A PhD dissertation should make a substantial and original contribution to its field of knowledge. The PhD degree is awarded for work that is 'worthy of publication, in whole or in part, as a work of serious scholarship' ( NUI Galway Calendar). The length of the dissertation in Drama and Theatre Studies is normally 60,000 to 80,000 words, though that will vary for practice-based research.

The duration of research is usually four years. A part-time option exists through the PhD in Drama and Theatre Studies [part-time] (GYG45). In the first year of study, students take modules that aim to develop their skills in such areas as archival research, teaching, conference presentation, and so on. We are aware of the importance of students securing employment upon graduation and dedicate a great deal of attention to developing your skills and providing you with practical guidance about how to secure work in your chosen field(s).

 Application information available at this link: Applying to do PhD


Irish Research Council 

These scholarships are awarded on the basis of national competition.  Scholarships are currently valued at up to €16,000 per annum. They will be awarded initially for one year, but subject to terms and conditions, are renewable for up to two additional years. Fees will also be covered for the period of the Scholarship. Information about these may be obtained from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Brooklawn House, Shelbourne Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. (tel. 353 (0)1 660 3652). You may also visit their for information.

 NUI Galway PhD Funding

Click here for details on a range of fellowships offered by the College of Arts, Social Science and Celtic Studies including the Haridman Research Scholarship and the Galway Scholarship Scheme:      

Part-time Teaching

We place strong emphasis on the need for PhD students to boost their employment prospects - and share their knowledge - by engaging in teaching. A limited amount of part-time undergraduate  teaching will usually be available within Drama and Theatre Studies for PhD students after their second year. The university also offers formal certified training in third level teaching.

PhD Seminar

PhD students in the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance will also take part in a discipline-specific PhD seminar run in conjunction with the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance’s monthly research seminar.  This seminar addresses professionalization skills and strategies specific to the disciplines of Drama, Theatre and Performance as well as featuring visiting speakers.  Topics addressed may include: research and publication, preparing funding applications, pedagogy, CV formatting, job market and interview skills, careers outside the academy, time management, work/life balance and others as appropriate.