Drama and Theatre Studies (PhD)(full-time & part-time)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies,

Course overview

This course allows students to undertake doctoral research in any areas related to Drama and Theatre Studies. PhDs may be conducted in the area of theatre practice (playwriting, direction, devising, etc) and academic research (theatre history, contemporary drama, etc)

Programmes available

PhD (Drama and Theatre Studies), full-time
PhD (Drama and Theatre Studies), part-time

Areas of interest

Theatre Archives and Theatre History

The Abbey Theatre Digital Archive

Irish Drama and Theatre

Shakespeare and Ireland

Theatre Practice and Theatre Production



Theatre and Globalization

Intercultural Theatre

Theatre criticism

Theatre and Digital Humanities

Performance Studies

Social Media and Performance

Researcher profiles

Professor Patrick Lonergan. Academic Director of the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive project. Research interests include Irish theatre, Shakespeare and Ireland, Martin McDonagh, and Theatre and Globalization.


See www.nuigalway.ie/drama/ for full staffing information

Contact Us

Professor Patrick Lonergan

Drama and Theatre Studies, School of Humanities

+353 91 49 2631



PAC code

PhD (Drama and Theatre Studies), full-time; GYG44
PhD (Drama and Theatre Studies), part-time; GYG45

Current project

Our research is conducted in association with the Moore Institute: www.mooreinstitute.ie/


Performing Shakespeare in Ireland - click here

The Abbey Theatre Digital Archive  and other Irish Theatre archives – click here

 NUI Galway announces plan to digitize Abbey Theatre archive:


Fees for this course

EU: €5,250 p.a. 2018/19

Non-EU: €14,250 p.a. 2018/19



How to Apply