Taught course

Theatre and Performance

Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · School of Drama, Film and Music

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements: Candidates should have a good honors B.A. degree of upper second or above (a "B", average 3.0 or above, for North American students), or equivalent qualification. The application process includes an interview, which for overseas students may be conducted by telephone or video link.

Months of entry


Course content

This taught masters focuses on theatre and performance in Irish, European, and international contexts, and is designed to strengthen the analytic, critical, and practical approaches of theatre students. The teaching occurs across lecture, seminar, and studio-based formats, unifying theory and practice, and culminates in an independent dissertation of 15,000 words. Special emphasis is placed on training in strategies of performance analysis, theatre in its Irish context, and movement practices. The work normally takes 12 months, although students are required to be in residence only from October through the following June. Visits from practitioners and scholars supplement the teaching, and close connections with the theatre community in Dublin give students access to performances and work in development throughout the year.

Information for international students

Examination Minimum Level Required: IELT Grade 6.5; TOEFL 230 - computer based, 570 - paper based; Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English Grade C; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade C; Pearson Vue English Language Test: min. score of 63 to be eligible (with no section below 59).

Fees and funding

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The School of Creative Arts is pleased to announce that we will be awarding one €5,000 bursary to the top ranked applicant to our MPhil in Film Studies: Theory, History, Practice or our MPhil in Theatre and Performance. Applicants will be ranked on the basis of previous academic qualifications, the quality of their supporting application, their letters of reference, and their potential for higher level research.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr. Nicholas Johnson
+353-1-896 2295/ 1715