MA in Classical String Performance From University of Limerick

Program Overview

The MA is run by the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in partnership with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. The ICO is renowned all over the world for its vibrant approach to creative chamber music-making and this lies at the heart of the MA programme. 

Students receive weekly individual lessons from ICO principals, regular technique classes, weekly chamber music classes and a number of other weekly specialized workshops and sessions.

Specialised tuition is offered in a wide range of performance practice aspects including audition techniques, orchestral excerpts, baroque and contemporary music styles, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, self-marketing and performance anxiety. The programme also includes a weekly session with an accompanist, plus intensive coaching weeks on duo sonata repertoire.

In addition to the core skills an eclectic range of elective subjects are offered, including multimedia, improvisation, traditional Irish, gamelan, somatic movement, composition and many more.



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee



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Year 1

Semester 1: 


  • Technique, Repertoire and Style 1
  • Ensemble 1
  • Creative Process 1

Semester 2: 

  • Technique, Repertoire and Style 2
  • Ensemble 2
  • Creative Process 2

Year 2

Semester 3: 

  • Technique, Repertoire and Style 3
  • Ensemble 3
  • Elective

Semester 4: 

  • Final Presentation
  • Primary degree in a suitable discipline with first or second class honours or an approved equivalent qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland), or an equivalent capability based on prior professional experience.
  • A performance audition, either in person or through audio or video recording, is required for all applicants.
  • An interview will be required in all cases.
  • Additional materials may be requested at the discretion of the course director.

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Our graduates are employed as professional musicians, soloists, chamber musicians or as members of professional orchestras and ensembles including the Irish Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, RTE Concert Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Con Tempo Quartet, Stradivari Quartet, Kuala Lumpur Symphony Orchestra, Concerto Malaga, Gyor Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and Prague Chamber Orchestra. 


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