MA in Ethnochoreology From University of Limerick

Program Overview

The MA in Ethnochoreology considers dance in its cultural context. By applying theoretical concepts developed in the Social Sciences and by testing these within the context of field research, Ethnochoreology provides an alternative approach to the study of Irish Traditional Dance, popular Dance and World Dance. This approach embraces Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Area Studies and Education in addition to other relevant areas in Dance Studies.

The aim of the course is to provide a thorough grounding in the theory of, and methods in, ethnochoreology and to consider dance within its academic framework. It provides an invaluable foundation for those wishing to pursue dance research to doctoral level.



  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee



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Programme Content

Semester 1

  • DA5001 Ethnochoreology: History and Theory
  • MD6021 Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques
  • DA6021 Dance Ethnography
  • MD6031 Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research
  • MD6041 Introduction to Ritual Studies

Options: students can choose one option from the list below

  • MD6051 Independent Study 1
  • MD6061 Introduction to Somatics 1
  • MD6091 Professional Development for the Performing Arts
  • MD6071 Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 1
  • MD6081 Critical Engagements with Irish Traditional Music

Semester 2

  • MD6042 Current Issues in Ethnochoreology
  • DA5022 World Dance Survey
  • DA6002 Critical Encounters with Irish Traditional Dance

Options: students can choose one option from the list below

  • MD6052 Independent Study 2
  • BR5001 Broadening Through Awareness, Activism and the Arts (Postgraduate)
  • MD6062 Critical Contexts for Arts Management and Cultural Policy
  • MD6072 Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 2
  • MD6082 Choreography-for-Camera
  • MD6092 Introduction to Somatics 2
  • A primary degree in a suitable discipline with first or second class honours or an approved professional qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland).
  • An interview will be required in all cases, as well as an audition where necessary. Candidates may be required to submit additional audio visual and/or written material.

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)


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