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Drama in Education Summer School

The Master in Education (M.Ed.) Drama in Education programme is available by Summer School. As this is a modular programme designed specifically to support distance learners and international students, prospective applicants may choose one of the following study modes.[please see full details here]

  • Option 1: Full-time*
    4 modules and 20,000 word dissertation completed in one year
    Most of the taught component is completed through attendance at a summer school during July.
  • Option 2: Part-time
    4 modules and 20,000 word dissertation completed over two years
    The taught component is completed in year 1 through attendance at a summer school and supported by on-line learning, and the dissertation is completed during the second academic year.
  • Option 3: Part-time
    4 modules and 20,000 word dissertation completed over three years
    The taught component is completed in year 1 (2 modules studied) and year 2 (2 modules studied) through attendance at two summer schools and supported by on-line learning. The dissertation is completed during students' third academic year.

*Note: full time students are required to be based in Dublin during their academic year of study.

Aims of the programme

Drama is both an art form in its own right and also a highly effective teaching and learning methodology, which has been shown to operate successfully in formal and non-formal educational settings. Students will be introduced to the philosophies underpinning this creative educational approach, to its history, and to a wide range of drama and theatre in education techniques and to their use in diverse educational contexts.

Who is the programme for?

The course has been running for more than ten years and attracts an international audience. It is provided for recognised teachers in primary, secondary and tertiary education, youth leaders, theatre in education practitioners and others with a Drama notesprofessional interest in the arts in education.Students


The taught component contains four modules, with each module containing approximately 25 hours of contact time. Modules 1, 2 and 3 are held in Trinity College, Dublin during two very intensive weeks in July with subsequent work being carried out during the year. During the summer school period, workshops, lectures and seminars are also held during many of the evenings and on both Saturdays. The course is taught by tutors with international reputations in the field of Drama and Theatre in Education. Students will be involved in practice focused workshops and seminars covering approaches to drama in formal (primary, secondary and tertiary level) and non-formal educational settings. Tutorial support is built into the Summer School programme, and each student is entitled to tutorial time with a tutor to discuss assignments and academic progress. Online and face-to-face tutorial support is also provided during the academic. Module 4 is delivered on-line.

Typically, students on this programme register for option 2 and take the first four modules in year one, complete the related assessments from home, and those students who have attained a satisfactory level in their module assignments and are eligible to progress to the dissertation year, attend for a second, week-long Summer School the following July, in preparation for masters level study. This is a research year and students will be involved in the writing of a dissertation under the guidance of an assigned supervisor. Students are required to submit their dissertation within twelve months normally.

Students wishing to progress to the masters dissertation must achieve an average of 50% or above in the taught component of the programme. Those students who for any reason do not wish to continue to the dissertation on the M.Ed. programme may, after satisfactorily completing four modules, apply to exit with a Post-graduate Diploma in Educational Studies.

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Last updated 23 September 2014