Course Overview

Do you share a passion for storytelling and performance across the media of film and theatre? The MA in Film and Theatre draws on the joint strengths of the  the Huston School of Film and the O'Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, two world-leading research centres based at NUI Galway to create a compelling hybrid programme. 

Through this programme, you will deepen your knowledge of practice, theory and craft across and between these genres. 

Why choose this course?

This course explores crossover influences and techniques shared between film and theatre, while also giving you a situated understanding of the practical differences between these two creative industries.  

Through modules, workshops and seminars with visiting speakers, you will integrate and expand your knowledge of the interplay of film and theatre, historically and in contemporary practice. 

On this course, you will develop your individual voices as thinkers and doers, whether through exploring the practical medium of film or the craft of live theatrical performance, or through growing as a critic/researcher/scholar. 

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Primary degree with Second Class Honours (GPA 3.0) or equivalent. Applicants with a proven track record in practical film and theatre work may also apply for admission.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2019

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Offers  issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply early. More information can be found here.

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Course Outline

All students take core modules that address critical perspectives for theatre and film.Students then choose optional modules in the areas of film and theatre that best suit their research interests and career trajectory, including performance, directing, playwriting, screenwriting, film and theatre history, archival research and more. 

Finally, all students will complete a minor dissertation, which may include a practice-as-research component, under the supervision of a member of staff.

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

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Year 1 (90 Credits)

Optional DT6108: Exploring Michael Chekhov Technique - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional DT6102: Irish Drama and Theatre from Wilde to O'Casey - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional DT6123: Playwright's Workshop I - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional DT6126: Writing about Theatre and Performance - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EN6118: Digital Literature, Arts, and Creative Practice - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional FM512: Film History I - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional FM6101: Ireland on Screen - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional FM6106: Gender, Sexuality and Cinema - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional FM500: Screen Writing Fundamentals - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional DT6106: Thinking about Theatre - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional DT6113: Applied Dramaturgy - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional DT6122: Performance Lab - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required DT6116: Critical Theory for Film and Theatre (S1) - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional DT6101: Irish Drama and Theatre from Beckett to the Present - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional DT6124: Playwrights' Workshop II: Adaptation - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EN6109: From Globe to Globe: Contextualising Shakespeare on stage and on screen - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional DT6109: Applied Theatre - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional DT6121: Fieldwork And Theatre Business - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional FM522: Critical Theory II - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional FM513: Film History II - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional FM6100: Film exhibition, administration and education - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional FM6102: Digital Play & Practice - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional FM6105: Digital Film and Culture - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional FM502: Screenplay Development - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional DT6112: Advanced Theatre Production Practicum - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional DT6119: Directing for Stage - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional DT6120: Ensemble Acting and Devising - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Required DT6117: Critical Theory for Film and Theatre (S2) - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Required DT6118: Film and Theatre Dissertation - 30 Credits - Semester 1

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Recent graduates of Film and Theatre programmes at NUI Galway have gone on to work as writers, directors and producers within the film and television industry in Ireland and beyond, achieving notable success including an Oscar nomination, as well as working with many theatre companies including the Abbey Theatre, the Gate Theatre, Rough Magic, the Young Vic (London) 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.

Who’s Suited to This Course

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,400 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Tuition

€6,176 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Non EU

€15,550 p.a. 2019/20

Find out More

For more information about the course, please contact:

Dr Miriam Haughton
Director of Postgraduate Studies in Drama, Theatre and Performance
T: +353 (0)91 494 485


Dr Seán Crosson
Huston School of Film and Digiial Media