Music - Classical String Performance

Key programme benefits to future students
Students receive weekly individual lessons from Irish Chamber Orchestra principals, regular technique classes, weekly chamber music classes and a number of other weekly specialized workshops and sessions.

Specialised tuition is offered in a wide range of performance practice aspects including audition techniques, orchestral excerpts, baroque and contemporary music styles, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, self-marketing and performance anxiety.

In addition to the core skills an eclectic range of elective subjects are offered, including multimedia, improvisation, traditional Irish, gamelan, somatic movement, composition and many more.

Key Fact: Students are given opportunities to perform in chamber ensembles with members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO), and automatically qualify for a place on the twice yearly Irish Chamber Orchestra Academy project.

Subjects taught

Year 1
Autumn Modules
• Technique, Repertoire and Style 1
• Ensemble 1
• Creative Process 1

Spring Modules
• Technique, Repertoire and Style 2
• Ensemble 2
• Creative Process 2

Year 2
Autumn Modules
• Technique, Repertoire and Style 3
• Ensemble 3
• Elective

Spring Modules
• Final Presentation

Entry requirements

Primary degree in a suitable discipline with first or second class honours or an approved equivalent qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - QQI), or an equivalent capability based on prior professional experience.
A performance audition, either in person or through audio or video recording, is required for all applicants.
An interview will be required in all cases.
Additional materials may be requested at the discretion of the course director.

What to include with your application
Qualification transcripts and certificates
A copy of your birth certificate (long document)
Two signed letters of personal recommendation
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

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.


2 years full time, on-campus.

Enrolment dates


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Graduate careers
Our graduates are employed as professional musicians, soloists, chamber musicians or as members of professional orchestras and ensembles. Many graduates are in teaching positions up to third level in their respective countries while others are pursuing further studies or completing their doctorates.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Full time

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