Music - Irish Traditional Music Performance

Key programme benefits to future students

Students will learn to honour the artistic integrity, history, and identity of the performance practice within an academic and performance orientated context.

Students will learn to facilitate the cross-fertilisation of both the academic and performance pursuits of postgraduate performing music, dance and academic programmes.

This course will assist each individual performer in ‘finding his or her voice’ through traditional music performance.

Key Fact: The MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance has previously welcomed guest tutors and notable musicians such as Martin Hayes, Louise Mulcahy, Donal Lunny, Bríd Harper, Grainne Hambly and Mick O’Brien.

Subjects taught

Autumn Modules

• Irish Traditional Music Practicum 1

• Introduction to Fieldwork Methods

• Writing and the Documentation of Practice 1

• Critical Engagement with Irish Traditional Music

• Professional Development for the Performing Arts

Optional Modules (choose two)

Independent Study 1 | Colloquium 1 | Introduction to Somatics 1 | Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research | Interdisciplinary Improvisation Introduction to Ritual Studies

Spring Modules

• Irish Traditional Music Practicum 2

• Irish Traditional Music Project

• Critical Contexts for Arts Management and Cultural Policy

Optional Modules (choose two)

Independent Study 2 | Colloquium 2 | Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 2 | Introduction to Somatics 2 | Broadening Through Awareness, Activism and the Arts

Summer Modules

• Final Presentation

Entry requirements

A primary degree in a suitable discipline with 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.

Careers: The prime focus of the course is the development of performers so many past students have gone on to develop careers as traditional musicians. However students have gone on to use skills acquired through this MA in a number of other fields including education (at primary, post-primary, secondary and tertiary levels), technology, arts management, etc.

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.

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.


1 year full-time, on-campus.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Daytime,Full time

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