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Drama & Theatre Studies

The MA in Drama and Theatre Studies programme is currently being restructured for 2017/2018

More information will be available in early 2017

Please contact the Drama and Theatre Studies Department directly for information on postgraduate options in Drama and Theatre Studies for 2017/2018

Professor Jools Gilson

The course offers an in-depth exploration of core practices, theories, histories, and research methods in theatre and performance through an intense and rigorous advanced training in seminars and studio work, productions and individual research projects. Under the newly re-configured programme, postgraduate students also specialise in a range of areas including: applied theatre and drama (for example: theatre in education or community theatre); theatre practice (for example: actor training, directing, physical theatre); or text and dramaturgy (for example: playwriting or devising). There is a lively context of debate around theatre and performance including PERFORUM (an ongoing series of talks and performances), and a programme of workshops given by visiting professional practitioners.

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:
◾Articulate in discussion, in writing and/or in practice key features of contemporary theatre practice and theory;
◾Analyse and evaluate specific examples of research practice in drama, theatre, applied theatre and/or performance;
◾Express in discussion, writing and/or practice an awareness of a range of approaches to issues in one or more of the following specialisations: dramaturgy, playwriting, devising practices, performance or applications of theatre and drama in social fields;
◾Carry out specific assignments in bibliographic research and literature review in a specialist area of theatre and drama;
◾Identify and develop a substantial individual research project within the field, articulate the relevant methodological issues, project-plan it and bring it to completion.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a BA Hons degree, at second class honours or equivalent, along with evidence of an established commitment to the field of Drama and Theatre Studies.

In order to be admitted to the MA degree in Drama and Theatre Studies, a candidate must have a Second Class Honours BA (Hons) Degree, or equivalent, along with evidence of an established commitment to the field of Drama and Theatre Studies. Applicants with significant professional-level drama and theatre experience will also be considered. The

Additional/Supplementary Statement Questions MUST also be completed during the online application process.

Applicants may be required to attend a workshop and/or interview with representatives of Drama and Theatre Studies and may be required to pass a qualifying test.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please see course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.


1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

part-time option during weekday working hours

Careers or further progression

At DTS students develop their practical, creative, and analytical skills in theatre practices. As part of collaborative and cooperative creative teams and students are encouraged and supported in the development of their interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. The collaborative, cooperative and creative nature of the work in DTS demands relatively small class sizes, so students will learn with and from their peers and in close contact with the teaching staff who are trained not only as drama lecturers but also as theatre practitioners with experience in the professional field of drama.

We have connections with local, national and international theatres as well as national and international cultural organisations. Our graduates are pursuing careers in theatre, television, the film industry and arts administration and education.

Placement and Study Abroad Information
Where appropriate, students can avail of opportunities to study abroad through the Erasmus programme. Students may also engage in a professional placement as part of their optional modules.

Further enquiries

Siobhan Hopcraft, Administrator
Tel. + 353 (0)21 490 4229

Subjects taught

The MA will suit students who want to develop their comprehensive understanding of theatre practices and develop their analytic skills across a range of areas within the field of Drama & Theatre Studies. The course enables students to focus on a range of courses that offer a fundamental grounding in theory and practice while also allowing for exploration of specialism through optional modules.

Taught courses: 60 credits, Dissertation: 30 credits

Course modules include classes in research skills and methods, core courses in performance theory and practice and a selection of options from applied, advanced practice and dramaturgy options, including an option to participate in a professional placement as an intern.

Details of the programme content and modules are in the Postgraduate College Calendar


Course Practicalities
Small classes engage actively with a range of learning approaches including a focus on practice-based learning across the programme. The course includes a range of seminars, workshops, practice based projects and research and field trips. The students also have the option to undertake a professional internship placement as part of the programme.

Unique Aspects of the Course
◾We have excellent facilities alongside UCC’s main campus (comprising the Granary Theatre, studio spaces, and seminar rooms).
◾We are committed to excellence in practice, teaching and research, and are one of the leading drama and theatre departments in Ireland.
◾We have a vibrant learning community, dedicated to theatre practice and theory. We continue to build on an international reputation for the provision of an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural understanding of theatre and the performing arts.

Assessment method

The course is assessed through various continuous assessment methods as appropriate for the module, including essays, portfolios and practice.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU €6,000 full-time,€3,000 per year part-time

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: eptember 2017

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