University of Limerick


Key Fact:
The MA in Ethnomusicology has featured participation in academic conferences of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the European Seminar in Ethnomusicology and the International Council for Traditional Music in recent years.

Subjects taught

Programme Content
Autumn Semester
• Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques
• Media Technologies for Performing Arts & Art Research
• Introduction to Ritual Studies
• History of Ethnomusicology
• Music Ethnography

Options: students can choose one option from the list below:
• Broadening through Awareness, Activism and the Arts (Postgraduate)
• Independent Study 1
• Writing and Documentation of Arts Practice 1

Spring Semester
• Critical Engagements with Irish Traditional Music
• The Anthropology of Music
• World Music Survey

Options: students can choose one option from the list below:
• Independent Study 2
• Critical Contexts of Arts Management and Cultural Policy
• Writing and documentation of Arts Practice 2

Summer Semester
• Final Presentation

Entry requirements

A primary degree in a suitable discipline (e.g. Anthropology, Music, Cultural Studies and Folklore) 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. Applications from graduates with music and/or dance experience are especially welcome.

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 Application

Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)

A one page supporting statement

A copy of your birth certificate

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


1 year Full-Time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

Post Course Info

Career areas:
The degree course is designed to meet the continuing education needs of graduates in music and in cognate and closely related disciplines. The course is also designed to cater to the occupational and vocational needs of the following professions: university and college lecturers in ethnomusicology, secondary teachers of music, professional music performers, music archivists, music administrators, music educators, and media specialists.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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