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Theatre & Performance

This taught masters focuses on theatre and performance in Irish, European, and international contexts, and is designed to strengthen the analytic, critical, and practical approaches of theatre students. The teaching occurs across lecture, seminar, and studio-based formats, unifying theory and practice, and culminates in an independent dissertation of 15,000 words. Special emphasis is placed on training in strategies of performance analysis, theatre in its Irish context, and movement practices.

The work normally takes 12 months, although students are required to be in residence only from October through the following June. Visits from practitioners and scholars supplement the teaching, and close connections with the theatre community in Dublin give students access to performances and work in development throughout the year.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements: Candidates should have a good honors B.A. degree of upper second or above (a "B", average 3.0 or above, for North American students), or equivalent qualification. The application process includes an interview, which for overseas students may be conducted by telephone or video link.


1 year full-time.

Further enquiries

Course Coordinator(s):
Dr. Nicholas Johnson
Course Email(s):
Course Tel(s): +353-1-896 2295/ 1715


The School of Creative Arts is pleased to announce that we will be awarding one €5,000 bursary to the top ranked applicant to our MPhil in Film Studies: Theory, History, Practice or our MPhil in Theatre and Performance. Applicants will be ranked on the basis of previous academic qualifications, the quality of their supporting application, their letters of reference, and their potential for higher level research.

Existing applicants should indicate to the relevant MPhil co-ordinator whether they would like to be considered for this bursary.

All applications for these courses and these bursaries must be received by 30 June.

For further details, please contact the Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning, Dr Ruth Barton

Application date

Closing Date: 30th June 2017

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2017

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