Part-time MA in Drama and Theatre

Part-Time MA in Drama

The part-time course runs for two years, and all classes take place in the evening.

Patrick Lonergan, Professor of Drama, stated that the aim of the new part-time MA is to broaden access to the university’s resources. “All of our classes are held after 5 p.m. and students on the course will be in class for no more than two evenings a week. This means that the programme will suit people whose work or family commitments make a full-time academic course impossible. It will also help people who might like to spread the cost of doing an MA over two years”.

The course features a range of options, from academic courses on theatre reviewing and the Abbey Theatre archive, to practical courses in acting and directing. “Students will be able to chose their own pathway through the programme: if they wish, they can dedicate themselves exclusively to academic modules or to practical ones – but we expect that most students will want to sample both”.

Applications for the part-time MA will be accepted until August and the course is strictly limited to 15 places.

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Course Facts   

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.

Students on the course will benefit from unique partnerships built between the University and key organisations including the Abbey Theatre, Druid Theatre Company, and Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe. The study of Irish theatre is a major part of the course, and students will have opportunities to use one of the world’s richest collections of Irish theatre archives. .

Our students benefit from the University’s unique combination of groundbreaking academic expertise, professional practice, and access to some of Ireland’s leading artists. Teachers on the course have internationally renowned expertise and students will be able to choose options that best suit their particular interests, whether academic, practical (such as playwriting, performance, or directing) or a combination of both.

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.

Course level: Level 9

Duration:2 years, part-time

Entry Requirements: Primary degree with second class honours (GPA 3.0) or equivalent. Applicants with a proven track record in theatre may also apply for admission.




PAC code: GYA04


Closing date: Further details on closing dates can be found on



Why study this programme? 

This programme allows you to choose modules that allow you to develop your interests in drama and theatre. Whether your interests are practical or academic – or a combination of both – you can pick modules that will enhance your skills and introduce you to new ideas.

Students on the course benefit from NUI Galway’s unique partnerships with Irish theatre companies, including the Abbey and Druid Theatre. They are taught by lecturers who are internationally renowned for their expertise, especially in Irish drama. Students also have access to excellent facilities, including several performance spaces and one of the world’s best Irish theatre archives.


Programme Outline

This is a two-year part-time programme. Students take three modules each year and write a minor thesis at the end of second year.


Year One

In Year One, all students take a module on writing about theatre. This involves weekly theatre visits and allows you to develop the skills you will need as the course progresses. Students will also choose an additional two modules, from the following list:

  • Theatre in the Irish Literary Revival
  • Playwriting
  • New Approaches to Performance
  • The Abbey Theatre Digital Archive.


Second Year

In Second Year, students choose three modules from the following list 

  • Irish Theatre and Film
  • Devised work and Ensemble
  • Directing for the Stage
  • Exploring Theatre Archives: Druid Theatre
  • Performance Lab
  • Theatre and Globalization

Students also undertake a minor dissertation which can be an independently completed research project, the staging of a production, or a creative writing project involving the composition of a new play.


Employment & Career opportunities.


This programme equips graduates with the skills to work with theatre companies and recent graduates have gone on to work with theatre companies including the Abbey Theatre, the Gate Theatre, Rough Magic, 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.


What our students say:

“The MA in Drama and Theatre Studies has

something for everyone interested in drama and

equips one with the practical skills, experience and

connections needed to pursue a career in any aspect

of the discipline, in a friendly and pleasant


Conor Graham

“NUI Galway's MA in Drama and Theatre is a

thrilling mix of theory and practice. Under the

guidance of generous and eminent lecturers, my

classmates and I brought our range of experience

and interests into the classroom, forming

relationships and making discoveries that fuelled

our work beyond the course.”

Aoife Spillane-Hinks




Contact information/enquiries to:

Patrick Lonergan

T: +353 91 492631