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Film & Theatre

Your course

This programme is aimed at the student who shares a passion for storytelling and performance across the media of Film and Theatre. Through this programme, you will deepen your knowledge of practice, theory and craft across and between these genres. This course explores crossover influences and techniques shared between Film and Theatre, while also giving students a situated understanding of the practical differences between these two creative industries.

On this course, students will develop their individual voices as thinkers and doers, whether through exploring the practical medium of film or the craft of live theatrical performance, or through growing as a critic/ researcher/scholar.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. This MA draws on the joint strengths of the Huston School of Film and the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance.

2. The on-campus Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance (to include an auditorium) nears completion in 2016. The Huston School of Film is also situated on campus. These buildings will provide excellent facilities for students on this postgraduate programme.

3. Through modules, workshops and seminars with visiting speakers, students integrate and expand their knowledge of the interplay of Film and Theatre across time and space.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

Primary degree with second class honours (GPA 3.0) or equivalent. Applicants with a proven track record in practical film and theatre work may also apply for admission.


1 year, full-time.

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities

Recent graduates of Film and Theatre programmes at NUI Galway have gone on to work as writers, directors and producers within the film and television industry in Ireland and beyond, achieving notable success including an Oscar nomination, as well as working with many theatre companies, including the Abbey Theatre, the Gate Theatre, Rough Magic, and the Young Vic (London). They have also found employment in education, the heritage and tourist industries, arts organisations, business and the public service. Many have progressed to PhD study, often winning scholarships in support of their studies.

Further enquiries

Dr Miriam Haughton

Director of Postgraduate Studies in Drama and Theatre Studies

T: +353 (0)91 494 485



Dr Conn Holohan

Huston School of Film & Digital Media

T: +353 (0)91 495686


Application date

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

Course Instance(s): 1MFT1

When To Apply: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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