Key programme benefits to future students
The aim of the course is to provide a thorough grounding in the theory of, and methods in, ethnochoreology and to consider dance within its academic framework. It provides an invaluable foundation for those wishing to pursue dance research to doctoral level.

Students will be provided with alternative approach to the study of Irish Traditional Dance, popular Dance and World Dance.

Students will embrace Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Area Studies and Education in addition to other relevant areas in Dance Studies.

Key Fact: The MA in Ethnochoreology has been in operation in University of Limerick since 1996. This pioneering Masters programme was the first of its kind in Ireland at that time.

Subjects taught

Autumn Modules
• Ethnochoreology: History and Theory
• Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques
• Dance Ethnography
• Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research
• Introduction to Ritual Studies

Optional Modules (choose one)
Independent Study 1 | Introduction to Somatics 1 | Professional Development for the Performing Arts | Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 1 | Critical Engagements with Irish Traditional Music

Spring Modules
• Current Issues in Ethnochoreology
• World Dance Survey
• Critical Encounters with Irish Traditional Dance

Optional Modules (choose one)
Independent Study 2 | Broadening Through Awareness, Activism and the Arts (Postgraduate) | Critical Contexts for Arts Management and Cultural Policy | Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 2 | Choreography-for-Camera | Introduction to Somatics 2

Summer Modules
• Final Presentation

Entry requirements

A primary degree in a suitable discipline with first or second class honours or an approved professional qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - QQI).
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.

What to include with your applicaton
Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate

A one page supporting statement
A copy of your birth certificate

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


1 year full-time, on-campus.


An Application Fee of €35 (electronically) or €40 Bank Draft/Cheque will apply to all taught postgraduate programmes.

Enrolment dates


More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Full time

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