MA Theatre Practice

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MA in Theatre Practice is offered by UCD in partnership with the Gaiety School of Acting and aims to create future leaders in the theatre industry who have an all-round skills base in theatre practice. The programme brings together UCD’s rigorous academic scholarship and the Gaiety School of Acting’s expertise in theatre practice and production to provide an inspiring and challenging environment. On graduation students will have learned skills to create and produce original works of theatre; to think conceptually about theatre practices and research in drama and performance; and be equipped to work knowledgeably in multidisciplinary contexts in practice-based creative processes. 

  • Hybrid approach to teaching and learning through academic modules at UCD and practice-based modules in the Gaiety School of Acting.
  • Equips students to develop original conceptual ideas in theatre practice.
  • Clear career pathways through access to national and international theatre networks, and theatre producers and presenters.

Curricular information is subject to change

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

This course is open to students who have an undergraduate degree in Drama or Theatre Studies or in a cognate subject area, and/or, to students who have demonstrable evidence of substantial experience and/or practice and/or training in theatre.


Our graduates develop broad skill-sets and progress to a wide range of interesting careers. 
Many of our alumni work in senior positions across a diverse range of industries including education, the media, NGOs and the Arts whilst some continue on to PhD research.

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A selection of modules are offered by UCD and the Gaiety School of Acting. The final semester includes the core module, Thesis Research Project, offering students an opportunity to undertake significant original research. 90 credits must be successfully achieved in order to earn your M.A. in Theatre Practice. The credit value for all modules is 10 with the exception of the thesis research project.

Note these modules are subject to change:

UCD modules: 
Research and Analysis in Drama and Performance Studies 
Issues and Perspectives in Drama and Performance Studies 
Thesis Research Project

Gaiety School of Acting modules:
Theatre Practice I 
Theatre Practice II 
The Body in Theatrical Space 
Advanced Processes in Physical Theatre 

MA Theatre Practice (Z243) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 9100
nonEU    fee per year - € 22600

MA Theatre Practice (Z244) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4550
nonEU    fee per year - € 11300

***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.

  1. (1) Academic/Professional Entry requirements: GPA 3.08, or Recognition of Prior Learning* as approved by the Graduate School Board of the UCD College of Arts and Humanities equivalent to final GPA 3.08 (as per UCD Academic Secretariat 6.3 (p.29) re. UCD M.A. Taught Awards: Honours Classification Table.  *In exceptional circumstances applications may be considered in lieu of academic qualification as appropriate, where evidence of training, knowledge and substantial experience of the professional theatre industry is demonstrated.  An offer will normally only be made after interview.

  2. IELS, or equivalent, with an average score of 7:00 over all components and with a minimum of 6.5 in each band of the Academic Version.

  3. Interview; Audition; CV/Portfolio; Writing sample (essay/critical review); Two References (one of which to be academic); Personal Statement

Adele Crilly 
MA 2018

Following my BA in English with Drama in UCD, I was looking for an MA programme that combined intensive practical learning with focused academic study of practitioners and their work. The MA in Theatre Practice was the perfect solution. Combining GSA and UCD’s expertise has led to a fully rounded and unique programme, which gave me a practical and academic base from which to continue my career into the future. 

Students in the MA in Theatre Practice will have access to UCD’s full range of on campus teaching and rehearsal studio facilities, with regular guest lecturers from theatre makers and professionals from the theatre industry. The Gaiety School of Acting also offers a suite of centre-city studios and the Smock Alley Theatre, located in Temple Bar Dublin, where practical workshops and presentations of student performances will be developed, rehearsed and showcased.

The following entry routes are available:

MA Theatre Practice FT (Z243)
1 Years
Full Time
MA Theatre Practice PT (Z244)
2 Years
Part Time