Course Overview

The MA in Film and Theatre draws on the joint strengths of the Huston School of Film and the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance. This programme is aimed at the student who shares a passion for storytelling and performance across the media of film and theatre. Through this programme, you will deepen your knowledge of practice, theory and craft across and between these genres.

This course explores crossover influences and techniques shared between Film and Theatre, while also giving students a situated understanding of the practical differences between these two creative industries.

Through modules, workshops and seminars with visiting speakers, students integrate and expand their knowledge of the interplay of Film and Theatre across time and space.

On this course, students will develop their individual voices as thinkers and doers, whether through exploring the practical medium of film or the craft of live theatrical performance, or through growing as a critic/researcher/scholar.

There are some scholarship opportunities available for this programme. Please visit the MA (Humanities) Scholarships website for more information.


Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Entry requirement: Primary degree with secondclass honours (GPA 3.0) or equivalent. Applicants with a proven track record in practical film and theatre work may also apply for admission. 

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Offers  issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply early. More information can be found here.

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting




Course code


Course Outline

All students take the following core module:

  •  Critical Theory and Practice for Film and Theatre I

Students then choose four elective modules- two each in the areas of film and theatre. You will explore diverse areas of film and theatre theory, literature and practice in a hands-on classroom environment.

Optional modules may include:

  • Ensemble and Devising
  • Digital Film and Culture
  • Playwright’s Workshop
  • Directing for Stage
  • Filmmaking for the Internet
  • Performance Lab
  • Irish Cinema
  • Exploring Michael Chekhov Technique
  • Film Administration, Education and Curation
  • Gender & Sexuality in Cinema

Finally, all students will complete a practice-as-research or research dissertation that must combine knowledge and/or practice of film and theatre.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Recent graduates of Film and Theatre programmes at NUI Galway have gone on work as writers, directors and producers within the film and television industry in Ireland and beyond, achieving notable success including an Oscar nomination, as well as working with many theatre companies including the Abbey Theatre, the Gate Theatre, Rough

Magic, the Young Vic (London) and others. They have also found employment in education, the heritage and tourist industries, arts organisations, business and the public service. Many have progressed to PhD study, often winning scholarships in support of their studies.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,200 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€5,976 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,250 p.a. 2018/19

Find out More

Dr Miriam Haughton
Director of Postgraduate Studies in Drama and Theatre Studies
T: +353 (0)91 494 485


Dr Conn Holohan
Huston School of
Film & Digital Media
T: +353 (0)91 495686