Drama and Theatre Studies (Structured PhD)

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

Structured PhD AHSS (Drama and Theatre Studies)(Full-Time) GYG43

Structured PhD AHSS (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
  • Playwriting
  • Ensemble
  • 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



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Current project

Our research is conducted in association with the Moore Institute.

The Abbey Theatre Digital Archive  and other Irish Theatre archives.



Fees for this course

EU: €5,250 p.a. 2018/19

Non-EU: €14,250 p.a. 2018/19

EU Part time:  Year 1 [2018/19] €3,575. p.a.