Writing for Stage & Screen

MA Writing for Stage & Screen
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The Writing for Stage and Screen MA offers you the opportunity to devote a considerable amount of time to write, evolve and reflect on your own creative practices. Today like never before, writers are moving between different media forms and this programme allows you to develop work across diverse platforms. Graduates of the MA in Writing for Stage and Screen are equipped to work in theatre, media, cultural and educational settings, and to further their research into theatre and 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.

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
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)
1 Years
Full Time

MA Writing for Stage & Screen PT (Z352)
2 Years
Part Time




Z351: 1 Year, Full Time, Z352: 2 Years, Part Time. Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face.


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: 2024/2025 September.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time

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