The MA in Ethnochoreology considers dance in its cultural contexts. 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.

Key Fact
The pioneering MA in Ethnochoreology became the first of its kind in Europe in 1996 and continues to be among a very few dedicated programmes in the field to be found throughout the world.

Subjects taught

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

Options: students can choose one option from the list below:
• 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 Semester
• Current Issues in Ethnochoreology
• World Dance Survey
• Critical Encounters with Irish Traditional Dance

Options: students can choose one option from the list below
• Independent Study 2
• Critical Contexts for Arts Management and Cultural Policy
• Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 2
• Broadening Through Awareness, Activism and the Arts (Postgraduate)
• Choreography-for-Camera
• Introduction to Somatics 2

Summer Semester
• 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 - 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.

Application dates

How to apply:
1. Choose your programme.
2. Check closing date for the programme.
3. Apply online at
4. Have your supporting documentation ready to upload.
5. Pay the application fee (€35 online / €40 bank draft or cheque).
6. Submit your application.

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
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A one page supporting statement

A copy of your birth certificate


1 year Full Time


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

Post Course Info

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

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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