MA in Music Therapy From University of Limerick

Program Overview

The MA in Music Therapy is a two-year full-time programme of study which prepares graduates for professional practice as a music therapist. The course requires a high level of music skill at entry allowing students to make the transition to the use of these music skills in therapeutic work with a range of client groups in different contexts. Students attend clinical placements throughout each semester of the course; these are usually offered at various sites in Ireland but sometimes can be offered abroad. Music therapy theory, research skills, sensitivity to cross-cultural issues and the use of the self in relating to others form the basis of studies to prepare students for work in the clinical practice context.


  • To prepare students for professional practice as a music therapist
  • To develop socially aware graduates who are able to make a contribution to the developing profession of music therapy in Ireland
  • To contribute to the research base of the profession


  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee



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Semester 1

  • MU5211 Clinical Orientation
  • MU6081 Arts and Health Practice and Enquiry
  • MD6031 Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research

Options: students can choose one option from the list below

  • MD6101 Interdisciplinary Improvisation
  • MD6061 Introduction to Somatics 1
  • MD6111 Colloquium 1

Semester 2

  • MU5072 Music Therapy Practice 1
  • MU5062 Music Therapy Fieldwork Practice 1
  • MD6052 Independent Study 2

Options: students can choose one option from the list below

  • MD6102 Colloquium 2

Semester 3

  • MU5043 Music Therapy Project 1
  • MU5033 Music Therapy Practice 2
  • MU5023 Music Therapy Fieldwork Practice 2

Semester 4

  • MU5223 Seminar in Clinical Music Therapy
  • MU5004 Music Therapy Fieldwork Practice 3
  • MU5532 Music Therapy Final Project

A high level of music skills in performance. A degree qualification (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or equivalent in any of the following; music, psychology, health sciences, medicine, education or related discipline. Ability to play guitar and piano, and sing competently. Ability to improvise on primary instrument. Relevant Work Experience (paid or voluntary) of working with vulnerable populations in health or social care settings. A willingness to engage with the personal development opportunities in the course through attending the self-funded psychotherapy component. An interview/audition will be offered to short-listed candidates who will be required to perform pieces on their first instrument and sing at least one song accompanying themselves on piano and guitar.  It is not possible to enter the course without successfully completing the audition process.

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)

Graduates of the MA in Music Therapy have attained successful careers in the health and education services in Ireland and abroad. Graduates work in special schools, nursing homes, hospice services, residential services for adults with intellectual disability and adults who have acquired brain injury.


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