Playwriting & Dramaturgy

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The MA in Playwriting and Dramaturgy cultivates the growth of the individual writer through an intensive one-year immersion in an ensemble-based learning environment.

All students take modules on playwriting and other forms of theatre practice through which they have the opportunity to specialise further, based on their own skills and interests. They will cultivate their skills as writers of dramatic texts (playwriting), but also increase their knowledge of a wide range of theatrical structures and forms (dramaturgy) to expand their range as artists.

Writers on this programme will hone their craft through intensive mentorship and a rigorous programme of modules, workshops and theatre trips that places their individual work in the context of the contemporary theatre industry and the history of theatre craft. The programme concludes with a playwriting dissertation advised by a professional writer and features a public reading of the student's new work at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. You will gain from an immersion in both playwriting and dramaturgy as practical theatrical crafts.

2. You will have personal mentoring from a professional writer in the theatre industry as well as our academic staff of scholar/ practitioners.

3. Students will have the opportunity to stage their work on campus as well as work directly with the Druid Theatre Director-in-Residence, and participate in master classes and workshops with other members of the company, including artistic director Garry Hynes, the first woman to win a Tony Award for directing.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
At least a Second Class Honours, Grade 2 (H2.2 or GPA 3.0) undergraduate degree, a personal statement addressing their theatre experiences and aims, two letters of reference, and names and contact details for two references, and a writing sample (5–6 pages)—this can be an academic essay, creative writing or theatre reviews. 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.


1 year, full-time.

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Career opportunities
Graduates of NUI Galway writing programmes have gone on to doctoral programmes in the humanities, to teaching, to employment in journalism, magazine editing, travel writing, technical writing and public relations, as well as publishing anthologies and books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. In the field of theatre, our graduates have gone on to write for such theatres as the Abbey (Ireland) and the Traverse (Scotland), while many have also staged their own works at festivals in Dublin, Galway, Edinburgh and elsewhere.

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