Music - Songwriting

Key programme benefits to future students

Strong basis for sustainable career as a songwriter / space to explore and spend dedicated time to support existing career as songwriter.

Exposure to wide range of approaches to songwriting. G Critical engagement with artistic practice.

Key Fact: The MA in Songwriting has welcomed notable guest tutors over the years including singer/songwriters such as Duke Special and Mick Flannery to name a few.

Subjects taught

Autumn Modules
• Songwriting Style and Context 1
• Songwriting Process 1
• Media Technologies for Performing Arts & Arts Research
• Professional Development for the Performing Arts
• Writing and Documentation of Arts Practice 1

Optional Modules (choose three)
Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques | Introduction to Ritual Studies | Independent Study 1 | Introduction to Somatics | Colloquium 1 | Instrumental Skills for Songwriters | Irish World Academy Ensembles | Applied Music Theory for Songwriters

Spring Modules
• Songwriting Style and Context 2
• Songwriting Process 2
• Writing and Documentation of Arts Practice 2
• Performance and Media Technologies for Songwriters
• Promotion and Dissemination for Songwriters

Optional Modules (choose two)
Broadening through Awareness, Activism & the Arts (Postgraduate) | Individual Creative Writing project | Independent Study 2 | Critical Contexts for Arts Management & Cultural Policy | Critical Engagements with Irish Traditional Music | Introduction to Somatics 2 | Interdisciplinary Practice

Summer Modules
• Final Presentation

Entry requirements

A primary degree in a suitable discipline with first or second class honours or an approved equivalent qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) Or
an equivalent capability based on prior professional experience in songwriting and/or performance.

A performance audition and interview will be required in all cases. Additional audio, visual or written material may be required.

What to include with your application:
Cover letter outlining interest in course and experience of songwriting to date
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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Graduate careers
The programme is beneficial for students wishing to pursue careers in songwriting, recording and/or performance or for those who wish to add to their creative skills in other related areas of work such as community music or music education.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Full time

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