Music Education

Programme Overview
This blended learning programme is suited to anyone with an interest in music education including Teachers (at primary, post-primary and music school/college levels); Policymakers; Community/outreach workers; Curriculum support personnel and Professional/Community musicians.

Topics taught include: philosophy, sociology and psychology of Music Education; creativity; Music Education projects and policies, theories of music performance; music education in schools and communities; social justice and music education; musical participation; musical meaning.

This programme is provided through a mix of online and on-campus teaching. It is offered on a one-year full-time or two-year part-time basis and requires completion of six modules and a dissertation. Full-time students take one extra module in year one, semester one.

Programme Content
The programme is delivered on a full-time (over one year) or part-time (over two years) basis. It is a blended programme involving both on campus and online delivery. In the first year of the programme, all students take two taught modules in the autumn semester (and three modules if full-time). In the spring semester, students take two taught modules, one of which is a self-directed Practicum. During the summer period, students will attend a week-long summer school. In year two, part-time students only attend the Principles and Practice of Research in Education module.

Full-time students also complete their dissertation in year one, whereas part-time students develop their ideas and dissertation proposals throughout year one, and formally work on this in year two.

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester:
Foundations of Music Education 1 (online)
This module provides students with a firm understanding of theoretical perspectives on music education with a particular focus on the philosophy of music education.

Music Education in Policy and Practice (on campus, 1 evening)
This module considers and evaluates a range of contextual issues relevant to current policy and practice nationally and internationally.
The Principles and Practice of Research in Education (on campus, 1 evening)

This module facilitates student's acquisition of the skills of literature review, research design and proposal writing. Full-time students complete it in Autumn, year 1 and part-time students complete it in Autumn, year 2. This is a link-in module with other postgraduate cohorts.

Spring Semester
Foundations of Music Education 2 (online)
This module involves understanding psychological, sociological and other inter-disciplinary perspectives to explore the nature of listening, performing and composing.

Practicum (self-directed and on-campus)
This module involves undertaking individualised programmes of learning that will be based on the specific professional interests of each student. It enables the student to apply the theoretical aspects of the course to their own professional interests.

Summer School
Contemporary trends and issues in Music Education (on campus and online – 1 week) This module offers students the opportunity to explore current trends and issues in music education through practice and theory through an intensive week-long summer school.

Students will design, implement and analyse an original research project. Findings will be presented in a written dissertation of 14,000-16,000 words or as a piece of practice-based work accompanied by a written narrative.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold either an honours primary degree with Music along with a post-graduate qualification in Education or an honours primary degree in Education with Music. Applicants with equivalent, appropriate qualifications along with relevant professional experience may also be considered on a case by case basis.

English Language Requirements
If applicants come from a non-English speaking country, they are required to meet the minimum English language requirements to study at MIC (see outline below).
Matriculation Examinations: From European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

Irish Leaving Certificate English: Ordinary Level Grade D or above

TOEFL: 580 (paper-based) or 90 (internet-based)

IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6.0 in any component.

*Please note, we can only accept Academic IELTS (or equivalent TOEFL/Duolingo). General IELTS will not be accepted.

ETAPP (English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes): Grade C1

GCE 'O' Level English Language/ GCSE English Language: Grade C or above

University of Cambridge ESOL: Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English - Grade B

GCE Examination Boards: Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations - Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate - School Certificate Pass 1-6

University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council - School Certificate Pass 1-6

PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic: A minimum score of 61 (with no section score below 59)

Duolingo English Test (DET) The minimum score of 110 with no less than 100 in any component. An interview may also be required in conjunction with this test for certain programmes.

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements above, there are a range of short-term English language programmes offered at MIC.

Application dates

How to apply
EU Applicants
1. Please download the application form and return the completed application by email to

2. Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee using Stripe.

3. In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of your IELTS results (or equivalent) is required.

Non-EU Applicants
You are advised to contact the MIC International Office before applying:

E: or T: +353 61 204988 /+353 61 774790.

- Entry requirements and the application process vary according to country of origin. For information that is specific to your home country, please visit our website.

- Please download and complete the application form hand return by email to

- Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee using Stripe.

- You will be required to upload your university transcripts

- In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of your IELTS results (or equivalent) is required

Transferring from another 3rd Level Institution
The transfer route into MIC depends on the content overlap of your new and old course and the number of places on the new course in the year you apply. Before submitting an application you should contact where we will consider your case with the relevant Head of Department of the course you wish to transfer to.

EU/Non-EU Status Assessments
The designation of a student as being from the EU or a Non-EU country determines the fees they will pay at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) i.e. there may be cases where a non-EU national acquires EEA citizenship during the course of their third level studies and would qualify for EU fees, for example.

For more information on EU/Non-EU assessments which will be conducted by MIC International office to determine status please visit our website.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Delivery Mode: Online and face-to-face.

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Career opportunities open to graduates include working as music education practitioners, teachers, community musicians, music coordinators, policymakers, curriculum support workers.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime,Blended

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