Music Technology

This taught Masters programme in Music Technology, is designed for graduates seeking to combine technological competence with musical creativity and is a response to the increasing demand from Artists, Scientists, Educationalists, and the wider music industry, and digital media sector, for courses which bridge the traditionally perceived Arts-Science divide to produce graduates conversant in both new technologies and their creative application.

Comprising taught and research components, the programme is modular and structured over three semesters. The taught component of the programme (Semesters 1 and 2) consists of mandatory and elective modules, the latter offering the student the opportunity to follow a pathway through the course which reflects his/her personal interests. The student has a completely free choice of elective modules, the only requirement being that five modules in total must be taken in each semester.

Important features of the Masters programme in Music Technology at DKIT are the balancing of theory and practice, and technological competence and musical creativity. Conceptually, the progression over the fifteen months can be broadly characterised as a move from Fundamentals to Creativity to Independent Research. At the core of the programme is hands-on training at computer music workstations where students are exposed to computer-based musical composition, sound synthesis and manipulation, programming and development, and music production.

The Department's Music Technology Centre is a state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research environment dedicated to the musical applications of technology. It comprises fully-equipped and networked music labs, a recording studio, and an interactive systems room.

Entry requirements

Second class honours degree in Music/Multimedia or Computing/Engineering/Science (in certain circumstances – e.g. where technological and/or musical competencies are particularly strong – degrees in other disciplines may also be accepted).

For mature applicants (over the age of 23 at time of application) relevant industry or related experience may be accepted in lieu of degree. As part of the selection process all shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a selection interview.

Acceptance for the programme is based on a combination of musical ability, technological capacity and academic record. These competencies are assessed from the completed application form (and accompanying portfolio of creative work if included) submitted by the applicant and from subsequent interview. Shortlisting of applicants for interview, based on submitted application form and portfolio, may take place.

Subjects taught

Semester 1

•Acoustics & Psychoacoustics (M)
•Sound Synthesis and Manipulation (M)
•Recording Techniques and Technologies (M)
•Electroacoustic Music and Composition (M)
•Computer Programming for Musicians (M)

Semester 2

•Interactive Systems (E)
•Music Production (E)
•Electroacoustic Music and Composition (E)
•Programming for Audio Applications (E)
•Music and Multimedia (E)
•Applications of Technology in Music Education & Community Music (E)
•Research Methods (M)

Following successful completion of the taught component the student pursues a major research project, the Masters Project, under the supervision of one/more of the course tutors. The pathway chosen by the student will strongly influence the focus (Artistic, Scientific/Technological, or Educational) of the research component, which in turn will determine the award title of Master of Arts in Music Technology, or Master of Science in Music Technology. Projects are normally in one of the following areas: music software development, composition portfolio, or dissertation.


18 months

Enrolment dates

Contact Dundalk IT for the next course start date.

Post Course Info

Graduates will have career opportunities in the digital media sector, the recording industry, multimedia development, internet/web music and audio, sound design, audio R&D, music education, radio and television, composition and arranging, music production, music software design, music therapy clinics and music instrument technology.

Students can also progress to further studies and undertake research postgraduate studies at MA, MSc and PhD level

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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