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BA in Drama and English (International applicants only)

This degree is level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) awarded by University of Limerick.
PLEASE NOTE: This programme page is for International Students/students from abroad only who wish to study this programme in Ireland. It is not relevant for CAO applicants. Relevant programme page for CAO applicants may be found in the Undergraduate section and is labelled with a CAO code.
Places Offered: Up to 15.
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Programme Overview

MIC's new BA in Drama and English offers a unique combination of Drama/Theatre practice and research with significant grounding in English Literature. By combining a focus on practical modules in acting and theatre production with academic research on great literature, we offer our students a unique and exciting degree that will develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and excellent writing and communication skills.

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Why study on this programme?

This new and exciting programme aims to develop critically engaged and creative thinking graduates with a diverse, sophisticated, and vocational knowledge of Drama and Theatre practice and research, in tandem with English Literature from Shakespeare to the present. The first programme of its kind in Munster, students will engage with a wide variety of texts, including plays, fiction, graphic novels, film, and poetry. Students will learn how stories are brought from the page to the stage and screen, and will help create works for the stage themselves through their involvement in practical theatre-making modules related to acting, directing, playwriting, design, and stage technology/operation. At all times, students will ground their analysis in critical and cultural theory, including contemporary theories of performance.

Over the four years of this unique BA, students can:

  • Design their own pathway through a variety of specialist electives on everything from practice-based, skill-development modules in theatre-making, writing, and research to the study of literary and dramatic texts across the ages
  • Engage in both small and large group classes, with innovative and flexible assessments
  • Gain creative thinking and real-world skills to equip them for a wide spectrum of industries
  • Create texts, performances, and even marketing/social media content
  • Choose Erasmus study abroad or work placement for their Year 3 off-campus programme

This new BA is an innovative programme, incorporating a range of teaching, learning, and assessment methods. Taught by leading academics across the Drama and English departments, this unique programme has been designed to allow students attain a broad skillset from practical theatre-making to in-depth literary analysis. This is an exciting new programme for students with a passion for the page and the stage!

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BA in Drama and English
A unique combination of Drama/Theatre practice and research with grounding in English Literature.

What you will study?

Our innovative programme incorporates all the foundational skills necessary to support students on their journey. In Year 1 core modules, students will be provided with the transferable skills in Academic Writing, Research, and Information Technology in a discipline-specific manner. These two cutting edge modules embed the key skills required to write an academic argument, to collaborate, and to present ideas (or even dramatic scenes!) using a variety of “live” and digital formats. In Year 1, students will also gain insight into a broad range of literary genres and critical theories. You will be introduced to everything from Greek tragedy to contemporary stage and film adaptations, James Joyce to Felispeaks, and will examine the roles that literature and drama have played in social transformation (from the birth of democracy to #WakingTheFeminists and beyond!). 

In Year 2, students will have the opportunity to enhance their study with a choice of electives, including Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Introduction to Devising Theatre, Critiquing Theatre, Cultural Policy and Administration, Musical Theatre in Performance, and Ensemble Performance. Alongside your core modules in English and Drama, your electives will allow you to specialise your pathway through the BA.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the programme will be highly sought after in a range of fields, including:

  • Working with theatre companies, arts venues, arts festivals, literary museums, publishing firms, or cultural organisations
  • Freelance drama/theatre artistic practice
  • Journalism
  • Editing
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Social applications of theatre and drama such as freelance teaching, social work, community arts, and drama therapy
  • Secondary School Teaching (with PME qualification)
  • Further academic study in various fields (Drama/Theatre, English Language and Literature, Professional Masters of Education [PME])
  • Further vocational training in a specific discipline of drama/theatre

Graduates will also use the presentation, critical thinking, interpersonal communication, group work, project management, leadership, and problem-solving skills they have gained on the programme to work in any number of fields outside of the cultural sector – including, for example, public relations and online content creation.

The first BA of its kind in Munster
The first BA of its kind in Munster
This is an exciting new programme for students with a passion for the page and the stage!

In Year 3, students have the opportunity to develop their skills further through practical work placements or study abroad options.

All the skills will be utilised over Year 4 while completing a final undergraduate project and a large, professional production mounted in a state-of-the-art venue (either the Lime Tree Theatre or the Belltable) and core modules in Literary history, from the Elizabethans to the Romantics to the Modernists.

The four-year programme is designed to provide you with an innovative structure that will facilitate:

  • The personal development of the student: critically, intellectually, and artistically
  • The acquisition of practical theatre-making skills, including: acting, playwriting, directing, lighting design and operation, set design and operation, stage management, producing
  • Building an understanding of how theatrical production and literary endeavour can positively influence society
  • Building a detailed and broad understanding of literary and theatrical history, across a range of eras and genres
  • Developing independent and creative thinking skills, and enhancing communication capabilities

Off-Campus Programme

In Year 3, you will participate in an off-campus programme. This typically consists of a study abroad placement in Europe, North America, Argentina, Australia, China, or Japan and/or work placements in a wide variety of settings, in Ireland or abroad. International placements are highly valued and encouraged for the added cultural and linguistic benefits they offer. The off-campus programme provides students with a unique opportunity to discover the world and experience working environments which may also provide future employment for graduates. Typical work placement settings include educational, theatre, media, cultural, community, local government, and Gaeltacht organisations.


Dr David Clare, Programme Coordinator

T: +353 61 774752


Admission Enquiries

EU Applicants:

Non EU Applicants:

Programme Content

Semester 1 (Year 1)
Introduction to Drama, Theatre and Performance
Modern Irish Theatre (1601 - 1960)
Introduction to Literature 1
Adaption: Page to Stage and Screen
Semester 2 (Year 1)
Introduction to Acting and Ensemble
Contemporary European and World Theatre
Introduction to Literature 2
Literature and Drama of the "Long" Eighteenth Century
Semester 3 (Year 2)
Contemporary Irish Theatre (1960 - Today)
Scenography and Technical Theatre
The Novel in the 20th and 21st centuries
Utopian and Dystopian Literature
Students to select 1 of the following:
Introduction to Devising Theatre
Critiquing Theatre
Cultural Policy and Administration
Musical Theatre in Performance
Ensemble Performance Elective 1
Development of Modern Drama
Teaching English as a Foreign Language 1
Semester 4 (Year 2)
Performance and Music
Applied and Social Theatre
Irish Poetry and Prose in English
Literature and Society
Students to select 1 of the following:
History of Theatre and Performance
Drama and Theatre Education
Contemporary Theories of Performance
Masks and Puppetry in Performance
Storytelling and Poetry in Performance
Ensemble Performance Elective 2
Teaching English as a Foreign Language 2
Semester 5 (Year 3)
Students to select 1 of the following:
Placement 1
Study Abroad Semester 1
Semester 6 (Year 3) 
Students to select 1 of the following:
Placement 2
Study Abroad Semester 2
Semester 7 (Year 4)
Core Ensemble Performance
Literary Modernism
Interpreting Literature
Undergraduate Research Project 1
Semester 8 (Year 4)
Directing and Writing for Theatre
Young People, Education, and Theatre
Romantic Literature in English
Elizabethan/Jacobean Theatre: Shakespearean Drama and its Contexts
Undergraduate Research Project 2

How to Apply

Programme intake is once a year in September.

EU Applicants

You are advised to contact the MIC Admissions Office before applying.


Non-EU Applicants

Entry requirements and the application process vary according to country of origin. For information that is specific to your home country, click here.

Application Information

Intake onto this programme is once a year in September.

Download and complete the application form, paying particular attention to the requirements:

  • Please enclose detailed certified results and awards for all examinations mentioned in the application form (certified original documents and certified English translation where applicable).
  • Official results and award of examinations to be taken should be submitted as soon as they are available.
  • If you are from a non-English speaking country, you will be required to show evidence of a high level of competence in English as part of the application. Click here for English language requirements.
  • Please note that your application form cannot be considered unless certified results and awards are submitted.
  • When detailing result/grade/mark, please include QCA/GPA, mark or percentage relative to marking system at your university.

Intake onto this programme is once a year in September.

You are advised to contact the MIC International Office before applying:


Telephone: +353 61 204988

Transferring from another 3rd Level Institution

The transfer route into MIC depends on the content overlap of your new and old course and the number of places on the new course in the year you apply. Before submitting an application you should contact where we will consider your case with the relevant Head of Department of the course you wish to transfer to.

EU/Non-EU Status Assessments

The designation of a student as being from the EU or a Non-EU country determines the fees they will pay at MIC, i.e. there may be cases where a non-EU national acquires EEA citizenship during the course of their third-level studies and would qualify for EU fees for example. 

Click here for more information on EU/Non-EU status assessments which will be conducted by MIC International office to determine status.


Undergraduate programme fees available here.

US Students please note that you can apply for Federal Aid. 

Fitness to Teach

In order to establish students' fitness to teach, all incoming teacher education students are required to complete a Student Fitness to Teach Form.

Garda Vetting

Registration will be conditional upon successful completion of the Garda vetting process.

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