Award Type and NFQ level : TAUGHT MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MHK55

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Closing Date : 30 June 2018

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The MA in Dramatherapy is a two-year full-time course offered within the School of English, Media and Theatre Studies at NUI Maynooth, Co Kildare, Ireland.  The programme offers a training to become a fully qualified Dramatherapist. At the core of Dramatherapy lies the experience of personal transformation through group and/or individual work. The Dramatherapy process uses drama activities with the intention of facilitating change. On this course students will study, explore, experience and develop the necessary theoretical and clinical framework for planning, facilitating and evaluating this therapeutic process. Students who complete all aspects of the MA training programme will be qualified to work as Dramatherapists with a variety of client groups within for example clinical, social and educational settings. Students are required to undergo personal therapy (group and individual) outside of the teaching hours throughout the training.

September 2018

*This course runs biennially and applications are accepted on an on-going basis.


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The MA in Dramatherapy is open to candidates over 23 years of age on January 1st of year of entry. The programme is open to graduates and people with professional training such as Social Studies, Special Needs, Learning Disabilities, Teaching, Nursing or Psychotherapy. The programme is also open to candidates with a degree or qualification in Drama, Theatre Studies and Performance Arts.

All applicants are required to have some experience in each of the following areas:
- 6 months minimum experience of working with people in clinical, social or educational settings
- Drama and theatre training or extensive experience of drama
- Training in or an interest in and experience of personal development through personal therapy or counselling.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
  • TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
  • TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
  • PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850

The Dramatherapy MA programme is delivered every Friday and one Saturday a month starting early September, continuing throughout the academic year and extending into a Summer School in June. The modules include a variety of subjects such as working with stories therapeutically, working with groups, developing theatre skills, introduction to Playback and Forum Theatre, working with ritual in therapy, introduction to psychological and psychoanalytical concepts, an introduction to research methodologies for the Arts Therapies and an Arts Therapies summer school.

Course Duration: 2 years Full-time

A wide range of career opportunities are available to graduates with the necessary skills and willingness to go out and find their own work in organisations such as the HSE, Social Services, Prison Services, Education, Community Services and the wider Business Community.

Online application only

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The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form: 


Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

Applicants are required to attend an interview day as part of the admissions process.


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