Writing for Stage & Screen

The UCD School of English, Drama and Film offers unique insights to students. through its deep involvement in the progress of Irish literary affairs. Many of Ireland's leading writers were educated at UCD including: Edna O'Brien, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne and Neil Jordan.

Facilities and Resources
Teaching settings include seminars, process/ laboratory sessions, theatre visits, critical appraisals, and supervised research. All students are offered the opportunity to develop their research and analytical skills and their presentation and teamwork skills. Dublin also boasts a rich theatre culture, enabling students to enrich their studies and research.

Subjects taught

Students complete a Play/Screenwriting Project, which includes group sessions with members of Fishamble Theatre Company, who are renowned for their role in the development and production of new work. Similar collaborators will be in place for those interested in writing for screen. Professional contributors over the past number of years include Conor McPherson, Frank McGuinness, and more recently Mark Doherty, Rachel Feehily, Declan Hughes, Sophie Motley and Noelia Ruiz.

Students will study a range of modules, including:
Writing for Theatre 1 (taught in association with a leading Playwright/Director)
Writing for Stage 1
Research and Analysis
Issues and Perspectives

Stage 1 - Core
Research and Analysis in Drama and Performance DRAM40010
Writing for the Theatre DRAM40370
Creative Project- Play or Screenplay DRAM40490
Writing for Screen DRAM40520
Adaptations DRAM40530

Stage 1 - Option
Issues and Perspectives in Drama and Performance DRAM40030
Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance DRAM40060
Short Film Project DRAM40540

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 2.1 (or international equivalent of UCD GPA 3.08 ) in a BA degree (NFQ Level 8) in a cognate area, or the equivalent in professional theatre practice/training.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS or equivalent with an average score of 7.0 over all components and with a minimum of 6.5 in each band of the ACADEMIC version.

An academic writing sample (essay/critical review) and personal statement is required, along with a sample of creative writing (max.10 minutes in duration). Please note that all applicants will be interviewed either in person or by telephone or Skype.

Application dates

How to Apply
The following entry routes are available:

MA Writing for Stage & Screen FT (Z351)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

MA Writing for Stage & Screen PT (Z352)
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




Z351: 1 Year, Full Time, Z352: 2 Years, Part Time.


MA Writing for Stage & Screen (Z351) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7315
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MA Writing for Stage & Screen (Z352) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4390
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change


Enrolment dates

Next Intake:2020/2021 September

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time

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