Taught course


Maynooth University · School of English, Media and Theatre Studies

Entry requirements

The MA in Dramatherapy is open to candidates over 23 years of age on January 1st of year of entry. The programme is open to graduates and people with professional training such as Social Studies, Special Needs, Learning Disabilities, Teaching, Nursing or Psychotherapy. The programme is also open to candidates with a degree or qualification in Drama, Theatre Studies and Performance Arts. All applicants are required to have some experience in each of the following areas: 6 months minimum experience of working with people in clinical, social or educational settings; Drama and theatre training or extensive experience of drama; training in or an interest in and experience of personal development through personal therapy or counselling. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Dramatherapy is a two-year full-time course offered within the School of English, Media and Theatre Studies at NUI Maynooth, Co Kildare, Ireland. The programme offers a training to become a fully qualified Dramatherapist. At the core of Dramatherapy lies the experience of personal transformation through group and/or individual work. The Dramatherapy process uses drama activities with the intention of facilitating change.

On this course students will study, explore, experience and develop the necessary theoretical and clinical framework for planning, facilitating and evaluating this therapeutic process. Students who complete all aspects of the MA training programme will be qualified to work as Dramatherapists with a variety of client groups within for example clinical, social and educational settings. Students are required to undergo personal therapy (group and individual) outside of the teaching hours throughout the training.

Information for international students

Minimum English language requirements: IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score; TOEFL (Paper based test): 585; TOEFL (Internet based test): 95; PTE (Pearson): 62; Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850.

Fees and funding

International students

For funding an scholarship opportunities see here: Fees, funding & scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Department of English