MA in SongWriting From University of Limerick

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Songwriting is a one year, full-time postgraduate programme, which focuses on the artistic practice of songwriting with opportunities to perform and record work. The course is cognisant of the wide variety of approaches to songwriting that one might adopt and will not attempt to be a ‘how-to’. Rather, this is a space where students can explore and be exposed to a range of writing techniques, whilst having the dedicated time and resources to develop their own body of work. This will be through a combination of solo work and collaboration with a community of fellow songwriters with guidance from songwriting mentors.

In addition, the course provides a toolkit of core skills that students can draw from in areas such as music theory and arranging, technology and production, promotion, copyright and publishing as well as the central focus of writing, recording and/or performing.


The student will gain:

  • Originality - a strong sense of individual voice
  • Wide core skill set
  • Strong basis for sustainable career as a songwriter / space to explore and spend dedicated time to support existing career as songwriter
  • Critical engagement with artistic practice
  • Songwriting honed through supportive and reflective critique
  • Exposure to wide range of approaches to songwriting


  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee



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Autumn Semester

Core Modules:

  • MD6181 Songwriting Style and Context 1
  • MD6191 Songwriting Process 1
  • MD6031 Media Technologies for Performing Arts & Arts Research
  • MD6091 Professional Development for the Performing Arts
  • MD6071 Writing and Documentation of Arts Practice 1

Students choose 3 of the following elective modules:

  • MD6021 Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques
  • MD6041 Introduction to Ritual Studies
  • MD6051 Independent Study 1
  • MD6061 Introduction to Somatics
  • MD6111 Colloquium 1
  • MD6201 Instrumental Skills for Songwriters
  • MD6211 Irish World Academy Ensembles
  • MD6221 Applied Music Theory for Songwriters

Spring Semester    

Core Modules:


  • MD6202 Songwriting Style and Context 2
  • MD6192 Songwriting Process 2
  • MD6072 Writing and Documentation of Arts Practice 2
  • MD6172 Performance and Media Technologies for Songwriters
  • MD6182 Promotion and Dissemination for Songwriters

Students choose Min 1 (6 credit) Max 2 (3 credit) of the following elective modules:

  • BR5001 Broadening through Awareness, Activism & the Arts (Postgraduate)
  • EH6112 Individual Creative Writing project (6 credits)
  • MD6052 Independent Study 2
  • MD6062 Critical Contexts for Arts Management & Cultural Policy
  • MD6081 Critical Engagements with Irish Traditional Music
  • MD6092 Introduction to Somatics 2
  • MD6162 Interdisciplinary Practice

Summer Semester

  • MD5522 Final Presentation
  • A primary degree in a suitable discipline with first or second class honours or an approved equivalent qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland)

  • an equivalent capability based on prior professional experience in songwriting and/or performance.
  • A performance audition and interview will be required in all cases. Additional audio, visual or written material may be required.

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 beneficial for students wishing to pursue careers in songwriting, recording and/or performance or for those who wish to add to their creative skills in other related areas of work such as community music or music education.


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