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BA in Drama and English (MI010)

Note: The 'At a Glance' section below is indicative only. Hours and assessment methods vary across semesters, years and subjects.

CAO Points 2023: N/A

Duration: 4 years full-time

Places Offered: 15 approx.

Location: MIC Limerick

Lecture hours: 10 approx.

Tutorial Hours: 8 approx.


Mixed but may include presentations, live performances, exams, group-work, poster presentations, problem-based learning, short videos, blogs, and essays.

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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 (MI010)
The perfect choice for those with a passion for the page and stage.

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.

Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships

Each year, Mary Immaculate College awards up to 50 Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships across all undergraduate programmes valued at €2,000 each, on the basis of results obtained in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination.

Further information about Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships available here.


Dr David Clare, Programme Coordinator

T: +353 61 774752


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

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include Maths, Gaeilge or another language, and English.

Applicants must obtain:

  • Grade H5 in a higher paper in at least two subjects
  • Grade O6/H7 in four other subjects (Higher or Ordinary Level)
  • Minimum grade F6 in Foundation Maths, which satisfies the minimum entry requirements (not reckonable for points purposes)

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)

LCVP link modules accepted for points purposes, but they will not qualify as a subject for matriculation purposes.

GCE/GCSE/BTEC Applicants

Further information about minimum grades and entry requirements is available here or please contact the MIC Admissions Office at E:

Closing date for Autumn 2024 admission has now passed.

If you are at least 23 years old on 1 January of the year of entry to college, you are considered as a mature applicant. 

Mature applicants for MI010 must apply through CAO, and the initial closing date was 1st February 2024.

All mature applicants who make an application to the College through the CAO for MI010 will be invited to attend for an interview. Mature applicants who do not meet the normal minimum entry requirements will be considered for admission if, having attended for interview, they satisfy the College as to their ability to benefit from and sustain participation in the programme(s) applied for. Mature applicants who have completed an interview will be contacted by the College to indicate whether or not they are being considered for a place, and all places will then be offered by the CAO.

Personal Statement

In addition to applying through the CAO, Mature applicants must also complete a Personal Statement.  The Personal Statement guideline can be downloaded here. It is advisable to download and save the guideline/personal statement form locally, open the saved form from your PC and then email the completed form to by 12 May 2024

For details of Uversity Scholarships for Mature Applicants click here

For further details on mature entry, please email or T: 061 205137 / 204348

MIC recognises QQI Level 5 and Level 6 qualifications as pathways to this programme. Details as follows:

Special Entry Route QQI/FET/FETAC Applicants Entry Requirements (Accepted Major Awards / Essential Component Awards):

Level 5 – Any major award Level 5. Within the context of the named major QQI level 5 qualification awards, students must possess distinctions (i.e., 80% or greater) in five modules.

Level 6 – Any major award Level 6. Within the context of the named major QQI level 6 qualification awards, students must possess distinctions (i.e,. 80% or greater) in four modules.

Further information about Bachelor of Arts in Drama & English and applying as an non-EU applicant is available here. For International Fees, click here.

You are advised to contact the MIC International Office before applying on +353 61 204988.

Fees & Grants


Tuition fees may be paid in respect of full-time undergraduate students undertaking approved courses in eligible institutions. Details of the Free Fees criteria are listed here.

If you do not qualify for free fees, undergraduate tuition fees and other charges may apply. See Undergraduate Fees here.


Students apply for a grant through Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) and if they meet certain criteria, they may be eligible for full or partial financial support.

Before applying at, please review the criteria carefully.

Programme Coordinator
Dr David Clare
+353 61 774 752

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