Theatre Practice

The programme brings together UCD's rigorous academic scholarship and the Gaiety School of Acting's expertise in theatre practice and production to provide an inspiring and challenging environment. On graduation students will have learned skills to create and produce original works of theatre; to think conceptually about theatre practices and research in drama and performance; and be equipped to work knowledgeably in multidisciplinary contexts in practice-based creative processes.

- Hybrid approach to teaching and learning through academic modules at UCD and practice-based modules in the Gaiety School of Acting.

- Equips students to develop original conceptual ideas in theatre practice.

- Clear career pathways through access to national and international theatre networks, and theatre producers and presenters.

Facilities and Resources
Students in the MA in Theatre Practice will have access to UCD's full range of on campus teaching and rehearsal studio facilities, with regular guest lecturers from theatre makers and professionals from the theatre industry. The Gaiety School of Acting also offers a suite of centre-city studios and the Smock Alley Theatre, located in Temple Bar Dublin, where practical workshops and presentations of student performances will be developed, rehearsed and showcased.

Subjects taught

A selection of modules are offered by UCD and the Gaiety School of Acting. The final semester includes the core module, Thesis Research Project, offering students an opportunity to undertake significant original research. 90 credits must be successfully achieved in order to earn your M.A. in Theatre Practice. The credit value for all modules is 10 with the exception of the thesis research project.

Note these modules are subject to change:
UCD modules:
Research and Analysis in Drama and Performance Studies
Issues and Perspectives in Drama and Performance Studies
Thesis Research Project

Gaiety School of Acting modules:
Theatre Practice I
Theatre Practice II
The Body in Theatrical Space
Advanced Processes in Physical Theatre

Stage 1 - Core
Research and Analysis in Drama and Performance DRAM40010
Issues and Perspectives in Drama and Performance DRAM40030
Theatre Practice 1 (GSA) DRAM40430
Theatre Practice 2 (GSA) DRAM40450
Thesis Research Project DRAM40470
Scripting Performance (GSA) DRAM40500
Artistic Research DRAM40560

Entry requirements

(1) Academic/Professional Entry requirements: GPA 3.08, or Recognition of Prior Learning* as approved by the Graduate School Board of the UCD College of Arts and Humanities equivalent to final GPA 3.08 (as per UCD Academic Secretariat 6.3 (p.29) re. UCD M.A. Taught Awards: Honours Classification Table.

*In exceptional circumstances applications may be considered in lieu of academic qualification as appropriate, where evidence of training, knowledge and substantial experience of the professional theatre industry is demonstrated. An offer will normally only be made after interview.

IELS, or equivalent, with an average score of 7:00 over all components and with a minimum of 6.5 in each band of the Academic Version.

Interview; Audition; CV/Portfolio; Writing sample (essay/critical review); Two References (one of which to be academic); Personal Statement

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

MA Theatre Practice FT (Z243)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

MA Theatre Practice PT (Z244)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.




1 year full-time (Z243), 2 years part-time (Z244).


MA Theatre Practice (Z243) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7315
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MA Theatre Practice (Z244) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4390
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

Post Course Info

Our graduates develop broad skill-sets and progress to a wide range of interesting careers.
Many of our alumni work in senior positions across a diverse range of industries including education, the media, NGOs and the Arts whilst some continue on to PhD research.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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