Course Overview

This course allows students to undertake doctoral research in any areas related to Drama and Theatre Studies. PhDs may be conducted in the area of theatre practice (playwriting, direction, devising, etc) and academic research (theatre history, contemporary drama, etc.).

Programmes Available

PhD (Drama and Theatre Studies), full-time
PhD (Drama and Theatre Studies), part-time

Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System.


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

The minimum qualification necessary to be considered for admission to the PhD programme is a high honours, primary degree (or equivalent international qualification), or ’other such evidence as will satisfy the Head of Department and the Faculty of his/her fitness’ (University of Galway Calendar). It is more usual, however, for successful applicants to have already gained a Master's degree.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

Our research is conducted in association with the Moore Institute: 

Performing Shakespeare in Ireland—click here

The Abbey Theatre Digital Archive  and other Irish Theatre archives—click here

 NUI Galway announces plan to digitize Abbey Theatre archive—

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Research Areas

  • Theatre Archives and Theatre History
  • The Abbey Theatre Digital Archive
  • Irish Drama and Theatre
  • Shakespeare and Ireland
  • Theatre Practice and Theatre Production
  • Playwriting
  • Ensemble
  • Theatre and Globalisation
  • Intercultural Theatre
  • Theatre criticism
  • Theatre and Digital Humanities
  • Performance Studies
  • Social Media and Performance

Researcher Profiles

Professor Patrick Lonergan. Academic Director of the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive project. Research interests include Irish theatre, Shakespeare and Ireland, Martin McDonagh, and Theatre and Globalisation. 

See for full staffing information

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,750 p.a. (€5,890 including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€14,500 p.a. (€14,640 including levy) 2024/25

Extra Information

EU Part time: Year 1 €4,250 p.a. (€4,390 including levy) 2024/25

All students, irrespective of funding, must pay the student levy of €140.

Contact Us

Professor Patrick Lonergan
Drama and Theatre Studies, School of Humanities
T: +353 91 492 631