Music - Irish Music Studies
Key programme benefits to future students
Students will be equipped students with a professional qualification in musicology.
This course will provide sound and thorough basis for further research in the area of traditional music studies.
Students will engage traditional music studies from various theoretical orientations.
• Framing Irish Music: Sources & Discourses 1
• Music Ethnography
• Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques
• Irish Traditional Music Performance
• Research Seminar
• Introduction to Ritual Studies
Optional Modules (choose two)
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 (postgraduate)
• Framing Irish Music: Sources & Discourses 2
• The Anthropology of Music
• Critical Engagements with Irish Traditional Music
Optional Modules (choose two)
Colloquium 2 | Independent Study 2 | Broadening: Introduction to Place-Making (postgraduate) | Critical Contexts for Arts Management & Cultural Policy
• Final Presentation
A primary degree in a suitable discipline with a first or second class honours, or an approved professional qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - QQI). 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.
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
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.
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 ul.ie.
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 ul.ie/gps 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.
1 year full-time, on-campus.
Post Course Info
The course is designed to cater to the occupational and vocational needs of the following professions: university and college lecturers, secondary teachers of music, professional music performers, music archivists, music administrators, music educators, and media specialists.