Postgraduate Programmes

‌Drama and Theatre Studies at University of Galway is delighted to have been ranked for the first time in the top 120 Performing Arts subjects in the world in the 2023 QS World University Rankings with our colleagues in Music. See University of Galway's performance in the 2023 Subject Rankings here.

Image above: (From left to right) Mark Heffernan, Ailish McDonagh, Gavin Friel and Dagda Semler (on top)

Image above: Drama and Theatre Studies staff celebrating the launch of Galway International Arts Festival’s SELECTED programme in summer 2022.

The O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance is a leading international centre for the study of drama, theatre and performance, committed to developing the next generation of theatre-makers, educators and researchers who are critically engaged, socially aware and collaboratively minded through postgraduate education at MA and PhD level. 

Our community is constituted by award-winning and critically acclaimed scholars, artists, partners and alumni, in dialogue and sharing ideas throughout the world.

  • We value finding the balance between theory and practice, historical and contemporary genres, individual work and collective co-creation.
  • We believe theatre, performance, storytelling and creativity are essential to a vibrant and energised society.
  • We specialise in contemporary performance practices (including but not limited to devised theatre and collective co-creation), producing, playwriting, applied theatre, archival research, and Irish theatre underpinned by diverse staff research specialisms across the spectrum of theatre history and performance studies.

We are in the process of ensuring our postgraduate programmes have added value for students interested in teaching the forthcoming Leaving Certificate subject ‘Drama, Film and Theatre Studies’, in collaboration with the Huston School of Film and Digital Media.

MA Programmes

We offer:

Students have the option to study a self-directed programme OR select a designated emphasis in either:

  • Theatre Practice and Production
  • Playwriting and Dramaturgy

Our MA makes direct central use of University of Galway’s unique resources, including our dynamic partnerships with key Irish theatre and arts organisations and our extensive collection of Irish theatre archives.

We are delighted to announce that our MA programme in Drama and Theatre Studies has been shortlisted for the best student experience award in the 2023 Education Awards, which  “recognise,  encourage  and  celebrate  excellence  in the  third level education sector on the island of Ireland from both State and privately funded institutions.”

Read more about the MA’s programme outline and special features including the Druid Academy here.

There are competitive and/or achievement-based scholarships available for the MA in Drama and Theatre Studies.  

These include the Siobhán McKenna Scholarship, the Taught Postgraduate Master’s Scholarship (EU), the Merit Scholarship (International Students only), and University of Galway University of Sanctuary (UoS) Scholarships. 

You can download our scholarships informational sheet Scholarship FAQ's to learn more about how to be considered for these awards.

PhD Programmes

We offer:

  • Structured PhD AHSS in Drama and Theatre Studies [full-time] (GYG43)
  • PhD in Drama and Theatre Studies [full-time] (GYG44)
  • PhD in Drama and Theatre Studies [part-time] (GYG45)

Read more about our PhD programme and staff areas of specialism, including how to make an expression of interest for consideration to be matched with a supervisor, please click here.

In order to make an application to any of our Postgraduate programmes please click here.

You may also find the FAQ section on the Postgraduate Admissions website helpful.