Music - Performance - Grangegorman

What is... Music (Performance)?
The programme is designed to prepare graduates for a performing career in the music profession. Applications are welcome from solo instrumentalists, singers, accompanists and chamber ensembles.

Based in the Conservatory of Music and Drama, which has a long tradition in the provision of performing arts education, the programme aims to facilitate the artistic, intellectual and creative development of students by providing an integrated and structured programme with performance experience in a wide range of solo and ensemble contexts, underpinned by complementary academic, research and professional studies.

The programme aims to provide a postgraduate qualification in performance for:

applicants who have already completed an undergraduate degree in music with a high level of performance and aspire towards a professional career in performance

applicants who have professional performing experience and wish to pursue further study in their chosen area


The programme is designed to:

refine and develop individual performance artistry as an instrumentalist/singer/accompanist/chamber musician in a wide range of solo and ensemble contexts.

develop creative skills and professional attitudes to enable engagement and collaboration in the music-making process to meet the demands of the performing profession at the highest levels.

integrate professional level performance studies with the development of advanced skills in analytical and research skills, critical reflection and communication, with particular emphasis on performance practice.

provide a programme of study tailored to the needs of the individual student, with supporting specialist modules of professional relevance and career preparation.

Subjects taught

The structure of the programme has been redesigned around 4 main elements: Performance Studies, Research Studies, Discipline Specific Skills and Employability Skills. However, the integration of the knowledge, understanding and competencies of these elements is central to the ethos of the programme.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements?
Applicants will normally have:

an honours degree (minimum 2.2) in music performance, or

an honours degree in music (minimum 2.2) with a strong specialism in performance, or

an equivalent qualification and have demonstrated the necessary performing potential or be of equivalent professional standing

Equivalency for international degrees will only be checked on submission of an application. If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this programme should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

Applicants should submit the following along with the application:

CV with details of your performing experience (repertoire and performances) musical training and other relevant experience/education

Statement of Purpose outlining your aims and objectives for undertaking postgraduate study in music performance

A recent example of academic writing in music, for example, an academic essay or scholarly programme notes

Academic Transcripts

Two references relating to your music experience, preferably one from your most recent teacher and one from an industry professional.

Audition and Interview
Suitable applicants will be invited to the Conservatoire to undertake an audition and interview.


You are requested to prepare and present a 20-minute programme of works on your chosen instrument/voice, which will demonstrate musicianship and technical proficiency. For specific audition requirements, please see the Conservatoire website:

International applicants who are unable to attend an entrance audition in person may submit a video recording of their performance.


The interview is intended to assess your suitability for entry to the programmed. You should be prepared to answer questions about your music studies, performance experience and repertoire, research interests and career plans.

Please Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.

Application dates

Applications open from November 2021.


Standard Entry: 2 years
Advanced Entry Full Time: 1 year
Advanced Entry Part Time: 2 years

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Enrolment dates

Commencement Date: 01/09/2020.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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