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Drama and Theatre Studies

Entry Route

Bachelor of Arts - LM002

Course Details

Course code:
LM002 - Arts (Common Entry)
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree
4 Years
Course leader:
Dr. Michael Griffin
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 213170



Tel: 00 353 61 202015
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Available from our partner institution, Mary Immaculate College Theatre Studies can be taken as part of the UL Arts Degree as a joint honours combination. Review the subjects you can study with Drama and Theatre Studies by looking at the table at the end of this section.

Please Note: Drama and Theatre Studies is only available to study in Year 1.

About You

You will be somebody who is enthralled and intrigued by live performance. You will be equally passionate about reading plays and understanding how theatrical form and performance is related and respondent to society, particularly Irish society. You will have a particularly interest in contemporary theatre forms such as site-specific, devised, applied and immersive theatres, and in understanding how drama can be a powerful social for as well as one for entertainment. You have a playful personality, not afraid to creative and open engagement, be a good communicator and open to new ideas and perspective, and you are happy to take an active role in your teaching and learning.

Why study Drama and Theatre Studies?

The Drama and Theatre Studies Programme will allow you to acquire a broad knowledge in drama and theatre studies. It will equip you with the critical, analytical and literary skills necessary to analyse live performance and play-texts, and locate them within a socio-cultural context. The programme has a special emphasis on contemporary theatre and on applied drama/theatre.


Progress to part two of the degree (from year two onward) will be competitive as there are limited places, and it will be decided on the basis of year one terminal QCA in addition to a workshop and interview process.

Drama and Theatre studies first year option

Year 1 Semester 1   Semester 2
DT4711 Introduction to Drama, Theatre & Performance DT4714 DT4714 Contemporary European & World Theatre

First-year subject only from Academic Year 19/20

Modules are subject to change

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or Four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation mathematics is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

In addition, students wishing to study a Language must hold a minimum H4 grade in that language, with the exception of beginners German or beginners Spanish where a H4 grade in a language other than English is required. Specialist requirement in Mathematics for those studying Economics or Mathematics.

For certain subjects, additional special qualifications specific to individual subjects or disciplines may be determined by the respective departments in accordance with Academic Council regulations.

Applications are especially welcome from Mature Students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

QQI Entry

Certain QQI Awards are acceptable in fulfilling admission requirements for this programme. Visit the UL Undergraduate Admissions QQI site for a full list of modules.

Graduates find work in a wide range of careers including:

  • A performance-related career after further specialist training
  • Arts Administration
  • Cultural policy
  • Community drama
  • Education (Teaching)
  • Academic research and teaching in the Higher Education Sector

Follow-On Study:

  • MA in Applied Drama (MIC – forthcoming)
  • MA in English Language and Literature PME (Professional Master of Education)
  • MA in Festive Arts
  • Specialist training courses in theatre performance
  • Specialist training courses in theatre design
  • Specialist training courses in theatre direction and dramaturgy