Music - Irish Music Studies

University of Limerick

Music - Irish Music Studies

This programme explores the structures, sounds, and ideas of what is constituted as 'Irish music', historically and currently, and why and how that might matter.

Key Fact:
The team delivering this programme consists of high-calibre full-time faculty, instrumental and vocal tutors, PhD researchers, visiting lecturers and performers.

Subjects taught

Programme Content
Autumn Semester
• Framing Irish Music: Sources & Discourses 1
• Music Ethnography
• Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques
• Irish Traditional Music Performance Research Seminar
• Introduction to Ritual Studies

Options: students choose 2 options from the list below:
• Colloquium 1
• Independent Study 1
• Media Technologies for Performing Arts & Arts Research
• Writing & the Documentation of Arts Practice 1
• Broadening through Awareness, Activism and the Arts
• Academic Literacies for International Postgraduate Students 1

Spring Semester
• Framing Irish Music: Sources & Discourses 2
• The Anthropology of Music
• Critical Engagements with Irish Traditional Music

Options: students choose two options from the list below:
• Colloquium 2
• Independent Study 2
• Broadening: Introduction to Place-Making (postgraduate)
• Critical Contexts for Arts Management & Cultural Policy

Final Presentation

Entry requirements

A primary degree in a suitable discipline 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.

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 certificates

A copy of your birth certificate or passport

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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Note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, any interviews or auditions (as required by the Course Director) during the application process will now take place virtually.


1 year Full Time

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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