Program Overview

The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance has become a leading centre for the Study of Irish music through both performative and academic perspectives. This programme is intended to provide an extra pathway into this type of study at the Irish World Academy and Dance, utilising a vast array of resources from across the Academy. The MA in Irish Music Studies caters for students who wish to study and research Irish music from a number of cultural, historical and practice based perspectives.

The programme will:

  • Equip students with a professional qualification in musicology
  • Provide sound and thorough basis for further research in the area of traditional music studies
  • Provide a thorough grounding necessary for teaching
  • Allow students to further develop practical music skills
  • Allow students engage traditional music studies from various theoretical orientations     


  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee



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Autumn Semester    


  • MD6171 Framing Irish Music:  Sources & Discourses 1
  • MU6061 Music Ethnography
  • MD6021 Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques
  • MD6161 Irish Traditional Music Performance Research Seminar
  • MD6041 Introduction to Ritual Studies

Options: students choose two options from the list below

  • MD6111 Colloquium 1
  • MD6051 Independent Study 1
  • MD6031 Media Technologies for Performing Arts & Arts Research
  • MD6071 Writing & the Documentation of Arts Practice 1
  • BR5001 Broadening through Awareness, Activism and the Arts (postgraduate)

Spring Semester    


  • MD6152 Framing Irish Music: Sources & Discourses 2
  • MU5022 The Anthropology of Music
  • MD6081 Critical Engagements with Irish Traditional Music

Options: students choose two options from the list below

  • MD6102 Colloquium 2
  • MD6052 Independent Study 2
  • BR5002 Broadening: Introduction to Place-Making (postgraduate)
  • MD6062 Critical Contexts for Arts Management & Cultural Policy


  • MD5022 Final Presentation

A primary degree in a suitable discipline 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. 

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 degree course is designed to meet the continuing education needs of graduates in music and in cognate and closely related disciplines or those with extensive engagement with the communities of traditional music. Students of this programme will be interested in developing critical engagement with research into areas of traditional music practice, contemporary and historical, developing their own research questions and outcomes in the process.  The course is also designed to cater to the occupational and vocational needs of the following professions: university and college lecturers, secondary teachers of music, professional music performers, music archivists, music administrators, music educators, and media specialists.


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