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Drama & Performance Studies

MA Drama & Performance Studies
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MA in Drama and Performance gives you the opportunity to analyse, explore, and reflect on modern and contemporary theatre and perforamance in theory and practice. It invites you to engage with current theoretical and practical philosophies of performance.

• Reflects on theatre writing and performance
• Engages with current theoretical and practical philosophies of performance
• Academic and Professional Theatre staff of international standing.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Vision and Values Statement
The MA in Drama and Performance Studies is aimed at graduates whose ambitions are to work in theatre, the cultural sector, media, education and /or research, and attracts those who are passionate about analysing, exploring, and reflecting deeply on modern and contemporary theatre and performance within their broad cultural, societal, and political contexts. By exploring the various complex interfaces between creative and critical practices, this programme will add greater depth, knowledge and value to the existing skills sets of our students.

Our programme's unique and purposeful learning environments comprise seminars, laboratory sessions, master classes, research seminars, international field trips, work placements and supervised research. Students and their lecturer/tutors work together in a spirit of mutual inquiry, reflection, experiment, discussion and debate. Dedicated onsite facilities allow students the opportunities to engage in practice as research and present findings/presentations in studio settings.

As our pedagogic ethos emphasizes the hybridity and complementarity of theory and practice, the palette of assessment strategies is purposefully broad, testing and rewarding. Assessments include essays, class presentations, theatre reviews, performance analysis, practice-based studio presentations, portfolios, guided independent research practice / production, reflective journals, playwriting/dramaturgical exercises, as well as minor thesis/ practice-as-research projects.

The final dissertation comprising a minor thesis or thesis project, is where innovative methodologies, creative propositions and analytic originality are guided and supported by experienced academic staff /supervisors. Core values, such as independence, creativity, collaboration, critical reflection, cultural engagement, invariably play to the strengths and inclinations of our student cohort. Such a stakeholder sensibility generates commitments to the flourishing, empowerment, constructive challenging, and enrichment of yourself and other citizens.

Entry requirements

A BA Hons degree or a Bachelors in a cognate area (NFQ Level 8) with a 2.1 classification (Second Class Honours, Grade One) or equivalent* is normally required, or equivalent in professional theatre practice.

*equivalencies will vary depending on grade scale of award presented but will generally require a grade average of B or a GPA no less than 3.08.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
Many of our graduates have pursued careers in second and thrid level education. Some have established professional theatre companies. Others have pursued careers in a varitey of different sectors, including the theatre and associated media and cultural sectors.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Stacy Grouden
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 8604

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Research and Analysis in Drama and Performance

Issues and Perspectives in Drama and Performance


Stage 1 - Option
The Body in Performance

Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance

Writing for the Theatre

Performance Research

Queer Frictions: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Literature & Culture

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MA Drama & Performance Studies FT (Z014)
1 Years

Full Time

Rolling *

MA Drama & Performance Studies PT (Z106)
2 Years

Part Time

Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Course fee

MA Drama & Performance Studies (Z014) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7055
nonEU fee per year - € 19200

MA Drama & Performance Studies (Z106) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4235
nonEU fee per year - € 9600

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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