Course Overview

This full-time MA programme aims to prepare students for professional-level work in the theatre and/or other creative industries—or to deepen the knowledge of people who are already working in those fields. Students take modules in many different aspects of theatre practice, including ensemble performance, direction, acting, and so on. An optional internship with an Irish theatre company forms part of the course. During hte summer months, students complete a practice-based project, involving the staging of their own plays and/or performances, which they write about in the form of a final dissertation.

The course is suited to anyone with an interest in Drama and Theatre, especially theatre practitioners who wish to gain a formal qualification for their work, and amateur/student performers who wish to enhance and develop their skills. Candidates who do not hold a primary degree may apply on the basis of relevant experience.

Central to the programme is the work of the Druid Academy. It allows students to benefit from NUI Galway’s partnership with Druid Theatre—recently described by the New York Times as “one of the world’s great theatre companies”. Students work directly with the Druid Director-in-Residence and participate in master classes and workshops with members of the company, including artistic director Garry Hynes, the first woman to win a Tony Award for directing.

There are some scholarship opportunities available for this programme. Please visit the MA (Humanities) Scholarships website for more information.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

  • Professor Patrick Lonergan
  • Dr Charlotte McIvor
  • Dr Miriam Haughton
  • Garry Hynes, Artistic Director of Druid and Associate Professor
  • Thomas Conway, Druid Director-in-Residence
  • Max Hafler

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

The programme is intended for graduates with at least a Second Class Honours, Grade 2 (H2.2 or GPA 3.0) degree, a personal statement addressing their theatre experiences and aims, and two letters of reference. Entry for candidates with significant relevant experience may be possible. Applicants who do not meet the minimum entry requirements may be admitted via a qualifying exam if they have relevant professional experience, or be admitted to the PDip. Students who do not meet the Honours degree requirement but have a Level 7 (Merit 2) degree may be admitted to the PDip course with the possibility of progressing to the MA if they receive a minimum of 60% in their course work during the year.

Additional Requirements


1 year full-time

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Offer round dates

Next start date

September 2018

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PAC code


Course Outline

Students choose six modules (three in each semester) from the following list:

  • Ensemble Acting and Devising
  • Writing about Theatre and Performance
  • Irish Theatre in Practice
  • Theatre Theory
  • Theatre for Children and Yound People
  • New Approaches to Performance
  • Performance Lab
  • Directing for Stage
  • Fieldwork and Theatre Business (includes intership)

Each module is worth 10 ECTs, giving a total of 60 ECTs.

In addition, students complete a dissertation, worth 30 ECTs. The dissertation involves the staging of a theatre production or performance, which students then write about reflectively.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The course is geared towards people who wish to work in the theatre, arts, or creative industries. It is also relevant to people who wish to develop their skills while working in such fields as amateur theatre or education.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,200 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€5,976 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,250 p.a. 2018/19

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

Find out More

Dr Miriam Haughton
T: +353 91 494 485