Part-time MA in Drama and Theatre


The MA in Drama and Theatre (part-time) is a two-year programme offering students the opportunity to study drama from a practical, theoretical and historical perspective, building skills in a range of different areas in drama and theatre.

This programme is particularly suited to applicants who wish to study drama and theatre and who require flexibility of a part-time programme, or who may wish to spread the cost of the programme over two years. Most modules will take place in the late afternoon and early evening, and the total time commitment will be no more than two evenings per week.

Why Study This Course?

The part-time MA is specifically designed for students who want to deepen their knowledge of Drama and Theatre, but who may have professional or family commitments that make full-time study impossible. The course offers all of the benefits of a full-time MA, including access to workshops with theatre practitioners (including the Druid Academy), regular theatre visits, and (if desired) the chance to stage or appear in plays on-campus.


In Year One, all students take two modules on writing about theatre from practical and theoretical perspectives. This module sequence allows you to develop the skills you will need as the course progresses.

  • Critical Approaches to Theatre and Performance
  • Theatre and Thought

 You will take two elective modules in Year One, and three elective modules in Year Two from a list that may include:

  • Fieldwork and Theatre Business (including internship with Irish theatre company)
  • Ensemble and Devising
  • Performance Lab
  • Directing for Stage
  • Playwright’s Workshop
  • Applied Theatre
  • Exploring the Michael Chekhov Technique
  • Irish Drama and Theatre from Wilde to O'Casey
  • Irish Drama and Theatre from Beckett to the Present
  • Discovering the Archives
  • Applied Dramaturgy

 Students also undertake a minor dissertation which can be an independently completed research project or a practice-as-research project.


“Studying the MA in Drama and Theatre Part Time programme allowed me the flexibility to continue primary teaching while furthering my studies. There was a large array of modules available and I was given the exact same programme as full-time students. Taking the programme over two years gives you an opportunity to self-evaluate the direction which you would like to see your studies go while giving you even more access to people and artistic opportunities within the course and world of theatre.”

                                    - Marcus Ó Gaoithín, Primary School Teacher, County Galway