Program Overview

The MA in Ethnomusicology is a one-year full-time taught MA course that considers music in its cultural and social contexts. It engages with the study of Irish Traditional Music, Popular Music, World Music in both practical and academic modes. Course work emphasises the value of fieldwork coupled with a strong theoretical grounding. It supports both continued research and teaching at tertiary and secondary education levels, as well as having application in a variety of other institutional settings.

  • To equip postgraduates with a professional qualification in Ethnomusicology; 
  • To develop a sound theoretical basis for undertaking musical research; 
  • To provide students with a thorough grounding in the field for teaching purposes; 
  • To give practical training in musical performance and dance; 
  • To consider Irish music within a larger geographical framework


  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee



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Semester 1

  • MD6021 Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques
  • MD6031 Media Technologies for Performing Arts & Art Research
  • MD6041 Introduction to Ritual Studies
  • MU5101 History of Ethnomusicology
  • MU6061 Music Ethnography

Options: students can choose one option from the list below

  • BR5001 Broadening through Awareness, Activism and the Arts (Postgraduate)
  • MD6051 Independent Study 1
  • MD6071 Writing and Documentation of Arts Practice 1

Semester 2

  • MD6081 Critical Engagements with Irish Traditional Music
  • MU5022 The Anthropology of Music
  • MU5032 World Music Survey

Options: students can choose one option from the list below

  • MD6052 Independent Study 2
  • MD6062 Critical Contexts of Arts Management and Cultural Policy
  • MD6072 Writing and documentation of Arts Practice 2

A primary degree in a suitable discipline (e.g. Anthropology, Music, Cultural Studies and Folklore) with a 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. Applications from graduates with music and/or dance experience are especially welcome.

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenship.

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

The degree course is designed to meet the continuing education needs of graduates in music and in cognate and closely related disciplines. The course is also designed to cater to the occupational and vocational needs of the following professions: university and college lecturers in ethnomusicology, secondary teachers of music, professional music performers, music archivists, music administrators, music educators, and media specialists.


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