Postgraduate
MA Irish Theater History & Archives

NUI Galway

Course Overview


The MA in Irish Theater History & Archives offers a hands-on approach to the study of Irish theater history as a living process.

We move from the nineteenth-century plays of Oscar Wilde and the early Abbey plays of W.B. Yeats and Sean O’Casey, to the towering genius of Samuel Beckett in mid-century, and on to major contemporary dramatists such as Brian Friel, Marina Carr and Enda Walsh. Finally, this programme considers the growing role of interdisciplinary arts practice, dance, and collaborative theater-making approaches including devising in the contemporary Irish theater today. As a students on this course, you have unprecedented access to one of the world’s greatest Irish theater archives working with the treasures of the Abbey and Gate Theater Digital Archives, as well as the papers of Thomas Kilroy, Druid Theater, the Lyric Players’ Theater, and many more. These archives include hundreds of videos of performances and original promptbooks, as well as correspondence between major authors, drafts of plays, set and costume designs, and much more. With classes taught by world-leading scholars, this course offers you the opportunity to work in the O’Donoghue Center for Drama, Theater and Performance, the major international center for research on Irish theater and performance, and to gain access to hands-on work experience in either archive maintenance and acquisition and/or literary management for the theater.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Galway

What is the length of the course?

12 Months (1 Year) Full-time


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options


Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places

15

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 15,550

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • This course blends academic study and research with the opportunity to gain practical work experience through a placement that may include working in the university’s theatre archives or in the area of literary management or dramaturgy.
  • The course also involves attendance at theatres in Galway and Dublin.
  • The course is ideally suited to anyone with an interest in Irish theatre history. It develops skills in research and archiving and will thus be of special value to anyone interested in pursuing PhD research on Irish theatre.
  • Students also benefit from the university’s partnerships with Irish theatre companies, notably the Abbey, the Gate, and Druid.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

Students on this course will be well prepared to pursue further research on Irish theater history, or to seek a career in archiving (or other related library services) and/or literary management and dramaturgy for the theater. The course also offers all the benefits of an MA degree, providing students with transferable skills in such areas as research, writing, group work, and archiving.

English Requirements

Arts/Business/Law (No less than 5.5 in any Component)
IELTS: 6.5 Overall
TOEFL: 88
Pearson (PTE): 61
Duolingo English Test (DET)**: 110
• Temporary measure for 2020 only in response to COVID-19

Special Entry Requirements

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Career Prospects


Students on this course will be well prepared to pursue further research on Irish theater history, or to seek a career in archiving (or other related library services) and/or literary management and dramaturgy for the theater. The course also offers all the benefits of an MA degree, providing students with transferable skills in such areas as research, writing, group work, archiving, and so on.

Notes


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