Program Overview

The MA in Irish Dance Studies programme is a one-year, full-time taught postgraduate programme. It considers Irish dance practices within cultural, historical and practice-based perspectives. Students on the programme critically engage with relevant literature and dance practices and undertake field research in a relevant Irish dance study of their choice. They also have the opportunity to interact with students on other related programmes at the Irish World Academy. The aim of the programme is to provide students with contextual, historical and embodied knowledge relating to different Irish dance practices. It also provides an invaluable foundation for those wishing to pursue dance research to doctoral level.




  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee



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  • Repertoire and Style in Irish Traditional Dance Performance 1 (12 credits) MD6021
  • Dance Ethnography (6 credits) DA6021
  • Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques (3 credits) MD6021
  • Introduction to Ritual Studies (3 credits)  MD6041

Options: (pick 2 x 3 credits each)

  • Independent Study 1
  • Media Technologies for Performing Arts & Arts Research
  • Introduction to Somatics 1
  • Critical engagements with Irish Traditional Music
  • Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 1
  • Broadening: introduction to Placemaking
  • Colloquium 1


  • History of Irish Traditional Dance (12 credits) DA5031
  • Repertoire and Style in Irish Traditional Dance Performance 2 (12 credits) DA5102

Options: (Pick 2 x 3 credits each)

  • Independent Study 2
  • Introduction to Somatics 2
  • Critical Contexts for Arts Management and Cultural Policy
  • Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 2
  • Broadening through Awareness, Activism, and the Arts
  • Choreography for camera
  • Colloquium 2


  • MD5522 Final Presentation

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)

The programme is particularly beneficial for students wishing to pursue careers in the following: dance research, performance studies, Irish studies, media studies, dance education, arts development, heritage and tourism, and cultural organisations.


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