Music - Ethnomusicology
Ethnomusicology is the study of "people making music" (Titon). It embraces music from around the world, old and new, professional and amateur, sacred and profane, traditional and newly invented. A dynamic discipline, its key focuses include extended fieldwork-based approaches to understanding what people are doing and valuing when they express themselves musically. Ethnomusicologists give a special place to learning via the formation of sound human relationships with members of musical communities and to learning via their own personal involvement in music-making itself. This experience, often both humbling and insightful, informs us as we build understandings, interpretations and analyses upon those of the people with whom we live and study. In projects referred to as applied ethnomusicology, we also contribute as advocates or supporters, using our expertise to transform society in positive directions.
Our innovative one-year taught MA in Ethnomusicology offers a fresh and dynamic approach to the study of music at postgraduate level in Ireland. It combines scholarship and performance in the study of a diverse range of music traditions from around the world. Coursework includes a personalised research training preparation, musical performance, history and theory of ethnomusicology, multidisciplinarity, performance studies, and ethnographic field research. MAs are completed by a research project, selected by the student, which ranges from ethnographic dissertations to a major performance and from film making to the creation of world music materials for the classroom.
The Department of Music is internationally renowned as a centre of excellence for the study of Irish traditional music and world music. Postgraduate students join a thriving research culture in our Department. Our music scholars and practitioners represent a model of innovative research in the twenty-first century. Committed to a diversity of scholarly traditions and forms of creativity, our staff are internationally recognised for their innovative research, which is marked by its progressive attitudes and its diversity of coverage.
You will have a 2H2 honours BA degree, or equivalent, in music or a related subject (e.g. anthropology, folklore, cultural studies). Applicants with an appropriate professional equivalent (e.g. professional musician of high standing, music media professionals) will also be considered. All applicants will be required to attend an interview with members of the programme team and may be required to pass a qualifying test.
If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view the grades comparison site.
Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.
For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .
All assessment is based on continuous assessment methods. You are assessed on coursework submitted, including essays/papers, presentations, music performances, and on attendance and contribution to class.
The MA in Ethnomusicology consists of 90 credits as follows
- MU6003 Performance Studies (15 credits)
- MU6004 Performance Practice (15 credits)
- MU6030 Research Skills (5 credits)
- MU6034 Multidisciplinary Debates in Musicology and Ethnomusicology (5 credits)
- MU6042 Ethnography of Music (10 credits)
-MU6043 History and Theory of Ethnomusicology (10 credits)
- Research Project (30 credits)
The programme can also be taken part-time over 24 months (by day). The course structure for part-time students is subject to agreement with the Department of Music.
Postgraduate Diploma in Ethnomusicology (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
Candidates who pass at least 60 credits of taught modules may elect to exit the programme and be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Ethnomusicology.
Details of the programme content and modules are in the Postgraduate College Calendar.
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
1 year Full-time, 2 years Part-time
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.
Start Date 7 September 2020
Post Course Info
Graduates of the MA in Ethnomusicology go on to pursue a wide range of careers in the creative arts, culture industries and media. Our graduates are professional musicians, academics, teachers and arts managers.