MA Writing for Stage & Screen

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The Writing for Stage and Screen MA offers you the opportunity to devote a considerable amount of time to write, evolve and reflect on your own creative practices. Today like never before, writers are moving between different media forms and this programme allows you to develop work across diverse platforms. Graduates of the MA in Writing for Stage and Screen are equipped to work in theatre, media, cultural and educational settings, and to further their research into theatre and screen. 

The UCD School of English, Drama and Film offers unique insights to students. through its deep involvement in the progress of Irish literary affairs. Many of Ireland’s leading writers were educated at UCD including: Edna O’Brien, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne and Neil Jordan.

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

Our graduates progress to a wide range of interesting careers. 
Many of our alumni work in the cultural administration, education or technology sectors. Others are in senior positions across a diverse range of industries including government, the media, NGOs and the Arts, whilst some continue on to PhD research.

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Students complete a Play/Screenwriting Project, which includes group sessions with members of Fishamble Theatre Company, who are renowned for their role in the development and production of new work. Similar collaborators will be in place for those interested in writing for screen. Professional contributors over the past number of years include Conor McPherson, Frank McGuinness, and more recently Mark Doherty, Rachel Feehily, Declan Hughes, Sophie Motley and Noelia Ruiz.

Students will study a range of modules, including: 

  • Writing for Theatre 1 (taught in association with a leading Playwright/Director)
  • Writing for Stage 1
  • Stagewriting/Screenwriting
  • Research and Analysis
  • Issues and Perspectives

MA Writing for Stage & Screen (Z351) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 10100
nonEU    fee per year - € 22600

MA Writing for Stage & Screen (Z352) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 5050
nonEU    fee per year - € 11300

***Fees are subject to change


Applicants should have a 2.1 (or international equivalent of UCD GPA 3.08 ) in a BA degree (NFQ Level 8)  in a cognate area, or the equivalent in professional theatre practice/training.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS or equivalent with an average score of 7.0 over all components and with a minimum of 6.5 in each band of the ACADEMIC version.

An academic writing sample (essay/critical review) and personal statement is required, along with a sample of creative writing (max.10 minutes in duration). Please note that all applicants will be interviewed either in person or by telephone or Skype


Macy Smolsky
MA 2018

I chose this program for the well-rounded and engaging faculty. Their combined warmth and expertise helped me to build both my theoretical and creative skills. Their planned courses employ the idea that good readers make good writers and I would recommend the programme to anyone who loves reading, loves writing, and actively wants to feel more fulfilled doing both. In addition to their guidance and compassion, I had the goodwill of the Dublin theatre scene. Because of Ireland’s smaller size and rich history, it is a wonderful country in which to navigate drama and literature. 

Teaching settings include seminars, process/ laboratory sessions, theatre visits, critical appraisals, and supervised research. All students are offered the opportunity to develop their research and analytical skills and their presentation and teamwork skills. Dublin also boasts a rich theatre culture, enabling students to enrich their studies and research.

The following entry routes are available:

MA Writing for Stage & Screen FT (Z351)
1 Years
Full Time
MA Writing for Stage & Screen PT (Z352)
2 Years
Part Time