Drama Studies

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time- Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN520
CAO Points Range 2019: 336
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 420

Leaving Certificate:

DN520 – O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognised subjects.

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Why is this course for me?

The Drama Studies Programme is for students who are interested in learning about theatre and performance in theory and practice. Drama Studies has a range of modules that bring together scholarly, creative, and practical “on-your-feet” tasks and assignments. Drama Studies educates students in the history and practices of theatre and performance, in current theoretical methods and approaches to research and analysis of theatre and performance, and in a wide range of generic, historical, national and international traditions.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Drama Studies will develop your knowledge of theatre and performance, and hone and enhance your research and writing skills, through academic and practical study. A degree in Drama Studies will develop your presentation, teamwork, performance, and analytical skills, allowing you to pursue careers in the following areas:

  • Theatre Indusrty (writer, director, actor, dramaturge, producer, theatre and cultural management)
  • Tourism
  • Advertising & Public Relations)
  • Education (teaching, research, and educational drama)
  • Journalism and broadcasting
  • Scriptwriter
  • Film Producer
  • Actor
  • Theatre Director
  • Arts Officer
  • Copywriter
  • Publicist
  • Content Editor
  • Community Manager
  • Social Media Officer
  • Web Editor
  • Communications Officer

Master’s programmes are offered in specialised areas of Drama and Performance Studies and a collaborative MA in Theatre practice, jointly offered by UCD and The Gaiety School of Acting and an MA in Writing for Theatre (www.ucd.ie/englishdramafilm/study/postgraduate). PhD options are also available.

Specialise: MA (Taught): 

  • MA Drama & Performance Studies
  • MA Theatre Practice
  • MA Writing for Stage & Screen
  • MA Film Studies


  • MSc International Management
  • Masters in Common Law
  • MSc Digital Marketing
  • MSc Digital Curation
  • Graduate Entry Medicine



What Will I Study

In Drama Studies, students will study from a theoretical and practical perspective a range of performance genres from classical Greek plays to contemporary Irish and international theatre and performance.

Drama Studies Modules include:

First Year

  • The Theatrical Event: Case Studies in Making Theatre
  • Early Irish Theatre Movement
  • Theatre Context & Conventions
  • Introduction to Physical Theatre

Second Year

  • Introduction to Acting
  • Playwriting
  • Contemporary Ireland on Stage
  • 20th Century Avant Garde Drama
  • Staging Performance

Third Year

  • Contemporary Theatre and Performance
  • Beckett in Performance
  • Theatre of Martin McDonagh
  • Research Project
  • Performance Project
  • Educational Drama and Augusto Boal
  • Performance in Everyday Life
  • Queer Theatre and Performance
  • Literature of Northern Ireland

Students attend lectures, tutorials and workshops, participate in group work, and undertake independent study. Years one and two introduce students to fundamental theoretical and practical skills for research and analysis in Drama Studies. In year three, students build on this knowledge and are invited to pursue more specialised interests.

Current offerings during third year enable intensive study. Options include a Performance Project, which involves auditions and creates an ensemble production working with a professional director and a Research Project, which invites students to write on a research topic of their choice with individual staff supervision.

How Will I Study

International Study Opportunities

Opportunities may include:

  • Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany
  • Université Sorbonne (Paris IV), France
  • University of Turin, Italy
  • University of Verona, Italy
  • University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • University of Barcelona, Spain
  • University of British Columbia, Canada
  • University of Miami, USA
  • University of Otago, New Zealand


“I chose to study drama at UCD because I wanted to pursue a career in theatre but felt I needed the grounding of a university degree. The course is the perfect balance of academic and practical study. The staff are supportive and approachable, which makes a difference on such a big campus. The Performance Project module was the highlight of the course for me as we got to work with a professional director to create and perform in an original piece of theatre. I enjoyed the course immensely and so I continued to the MA in Theatre Practice, the joint MA offered by UCD and the Gaiety School of Acting”

Rosa Bowden, Graduate

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