The Doctor in Music Performance (DMusPerf) degree was established in 2006 and provides a qualification of prestige and excellence in musical performance and research.
The key distinguishing feature of the DMusPerf is that it is intended to enable candidates to make a contribution to the advancement of knowledge of professional practice in their own field of music.
Because it is related directly to their chosen career path, the performance-based character of the programme gives an opportunity to advanced musicians, who are otherwise unlikely to study for a PhD, to undertake research into problems that are of direct relevance to their own interests and organisational concerns.
Performance doctorates are designed to assist in developing excellent performing musicians who can also research as professionals. The RIAM is uniquely positioned in Ireland to provide teaching at this level with a staff of international calibre in the areas of research and performance.
Performance opportunities in Dublin are many and varied.
The RIAM hosts many concert series which have often given a platform to our DMusPerf students.
Externally, there are many community ensembles and choruses who have engaged our students as soloists and there is a large cohort of professional musicians within the RIAM staff that are always happy to look at chamber music projects.
All exams requiring accompaniment may be performed with piano only or with an ensemble. However, it is worth noting that the RIAM will not cover any expenses incurred in the organisation of any performance.
Qualifications or equivalent
Applicants will normally hold a Master's degree or equivalent and have a track record of professional achievement.
We also invite applications from performers who have attained a very high standard professionally but would not have had the opportunity to undertake postgraduate studies at an earlier stage in their career.
Candidates will also normally be expected to have demonstrated considerable maturity and developed significant expertise in a number of the following areas:
continuing professional development
extensive performance development
comfort within intellectual discourse
It should be noted that this list is not exhaustive. Rather, it is intended to indicate that in addition to a record of academic achievement, candidates will be expected to have a track record of considerable accomplishment and demonstrated maturity in a number of musical areas
Exceptionally, if the quality and extent of independent research or professional experience already demonstrated by an applicant clearly indicates capability of successful doctoral level study, the formal Masters qualification may be waived. The appropriate criteria of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) will be applied in these circumstances.
Application deadline 30 November (Early Bird rate)
You can apply for the DMusPerf programme at RIAM's online applications portal.
The application deadline for September intake is 30 November (Early Bird application fee of €50) and 4 January (Full application fee of €100).
However, late applications may be considered in exceptional cases.
The DMusPerf is a full-time programme over 4 academic years. All modules are delivered at The Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Course fee €12,500
Course fee (non-EU/EEA) €23,185
Post Course Info
All of the graduates from the RIAM Doctor in Music Performance programme have progressed to professional performing careers as well as teaching posts at such institutions as the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, and Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia.