Postgraduate Study

In the School of English Drama and Film, we offer both taught and research graduate programmes in Literature and Culture; Gender & Sexuality; Creative Writing; Drama and Performance; and Film and Media Studies at MA, MLitt, and PhD levels. The School of English Drama and Film is based in the University’s main campus, located just a few kilometres from the city centre, a UNESCO ‘City of Literature’, with all its cultural attractions, including the National Library, the Irish Film Institute, and renowned theatres like The Abbey, The Gate, and many more. Dublin itself is an extremely well connected transport hub, and offers a very good base for exploring Ireland more generally.

Masters Programmes

Our graduate programmes offer both a challenging and a rewarding introduction to advanced study. Our Masters programmes involve seminars, workshops, presentations, rehearsed readings, laboratory sessions, theatre visits, critical appraisals, and regular feedback from peers and members of staff during taught modules. The highlight for our students, however, is almost always the dissertation. This offers an exciting opportunity to pursue a significant, independent and original body of research under the watchful supervision of a member of the School's academic staff. UCD School of English Drama and Film is a research-intensive department, and has a breadth of expertise to offer. The active research culture nurtures and encourages the next generation of scholars to push back the frontiers of understanding, to seek out new evidence, and to challenge accepted interpretations. Some of our more recent graduates have gone on to positions in areas as diverse as film production, journalism, teaching and management. Click the link of interest at the right for more information on individual MA programmes.

PhD Programmes

Our structured PhD programme supports high-level independent research beyond the MA level in all English, Drama and Film subject areas. 

For more information on PhDs, click here or contact Dr. Nerys Williams (nerys.williams@ucd.ie).