Music & Technology - Cork Shool of Music & Cork Campus

The Masters in Music & Technology have a very practical, hands-on approach. Our ethos is that this cross-disciplinary programme will foster a combination of technical know-how and confidence with creativity and musicality. A Master of Arts award or Master of Science Award can be chosen depending on the student's pathway through the Programme.

The Masters in Music & Technology offers training and experience to enhance the talents and skills necessary to work in the creative industries of the future. The programme takes full advantage of the CSM's state-of-the-art performance spaces, Recording Suite (Live, Control, and Editing rooms), Electronic Music Studio, dedicated laboratories and many performance opportunities. A cross-faculty body of experienced lecturers and practitioners in the field delivers the programme. Learners from different disciplines will be able confidently and competently to interact with, and find employment within, several fields of study and industry. Adding this training to the opportunity to work with some of the finest up-and-coming musicians in Ireland, from all walks of life, will result in an exceptional Music Technologist.

The Masters in Music & Technology is a full-time Level 9 course of study worth 90 ECTS credits. The first two semesters (September-January and January-June) each have a 30-credit load, delivered through a combination of 5-credit mandatory and elective modules. Independent work is undertaken over the final June-August period in respect of a 30-credit project.

The type of award, MA or MSc, depends on the nature of the project undertaken during this period.

To enable learners from different disciplines to interact confidently and competently to with, and find employment within, several fields of study and industry.

Subjects taught

All modules are worth 5 credits (ECTS) unless otherwise noted.

The elective modules afford the learner the opportunity to broaden his/her skills set in other disciplines or to deepen his/her skills set in Music Technology. The elective modules offered in any given year are delivered subject to demand and resource availability.

Semester 1
Recording Studio 1
Computer Music 1
Acoustics and Psychoacoustics

Procedural Programming
Interpreting Sound & Music
Audio Electronics
Digital Culture
Marketing & Media Law
Core Instrumental Studies 5
Core Instrumental Studies 7
Devised Performance Project
Ethics & Aesthetics
Lighting Design

Semester 2
Recording Studio 2
Computer Music 2
Sound Synthesis
MSc: Audio Signal Processing

Music & Technology 4 - Live Sound
Audio Signal Processing
Core Instrumental Studies 6
Core Instrumental Studies 8
Devised Performance Project
Lighting Design
Advanced Stage Lighting

Semester 3
MA: Electronic Composition Project (30 ECTS)
MSc: Music & Technology Research (30 ECTS)

Entry requirements

Applications are invited by way of a submitted application form and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in July/August, if required, where the applicant must display musical competence. Normally, an Honours 2.2 Degree in a cognate area is required and work-based experience is an advantage.

Recognition is given for relevant prior learning where the applicant does not have a relevant Honours Degree (, and the applicant should contact the course coordinator.

Application dates

Application Closing Date:

EU applicants: 15th August 2022
Non EU applicants: 31st May 2022

Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €400 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.

Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.

Late applications may be considered if places are available.?


M.A., MSc.: 90 ECTS


1 Year (3 Semesters, September - August)

No. of semesters: 3 (1 research)
No. of weeks per semester: 13
No. of timetable hours per week: 13
Which days: Monday to Friday
Assessment: Primarily Project-based

Course Structure Part-time: Please email


EU Applicants: €4,000
Non-EU Applicants: €12,000

Enrolment dates

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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