Music Therapy

University of Limerick

Music Therapy

The MA in Music Therapy is a two-year full-time programme of study which prepares graduates for professional practice as a music therapist. The course requires a high level of music skill at entry allowing students to make the transition to the use of these music skills in therapeutic work with a range of client groups in different contexts.

Key Fact
The MA in Music Therapy is the only postgraduate course of its kind in Ireland.

Subjects taught

Programme Content
Year 1
Autumn Semester
• Arts in Health
• Clinical Orientation
• Arts-Informed Research
• Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research

Options: students can choose one option from the list below:
• Introduction to Somatics 1
• Colloquium 1
• Interdisciplinary Improvisation

Spring Semester
• Music Therapy Practice 1
• Music Therapy Fieldwork Practice 1
• Independent Study 2

Students can choose two options from the list below:
• Colloquium 2
• Introduction to Somatics 2

Year 2
Autumn Semester
• Music Therapy Project 1
• Music Therapy Practice 2
• Music Therapy Fieldwork Practice 2

Spring Semester
• Seminar in Clinical Music Therapy
• Music Therapy Fieldwork Practice 3
• Music Therapy Final Project

Entry requirements

A high level of music skills in performance. A degree qualification (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or equivalent in any of the following; music, psychology, health sciences, medicine, education or related discipline. Ability to play guitar and piano, and sing competently. Ability to improvise on primary instrument. Relevant Work Experience (paid or voluntary) of working with vulnerable populations in health or social care settings. A willingness to engage with the personal development opportunities in the course through attending the self-funded psychotherapy component. An interview/audition will be offered to short-listed candidates who will be required to perform pieces on their first instrument and sing at least one song accompanying themselves on piano and guitar. It is not possible to enter the course without successfully completing the audition process.

Garda clearance is also required for this programme.

Application dates

How to apply:
1. Choose your programme.
2. Check closing date for the programme.
3. Apply online at
4. Have your supporting documentation ready to upload.
5. Pay the application fee (€35 online / €40 bank draft or cheque).
6. Submit your application.

What to Include with your Application

Please note you must upload these documents with your application as supporting information in order to have your application considered.

Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)

A copy of your birth certificate/passport

2 letters of references

A Supporting Statement (maximum 1 x A4 page) outlining (1) why you wish to undertake the MA in Music Therapy (2) Relevant work or voluntary experience you believe is relevant to your application (3) Musical experience and (4) any other information you feel supports your application.

A short recording (max 5 minutes) of yourself with 2 musical excerpts (1) playing their primary instrument; then (2) singing accompanied by either piano or guitar. Recordings can be sent by .mp4 or .mov or via a youtube or vimeo link. - Please note that ONLY music audio and video files that cannot be uploaded can be emailed to . All other files must be uploaded

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
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Applicants from Ireland and the UK are expected to attend for audition in person. Applicants from other countries will be expected to audition via telephone/Skype interview. Accompanists are not provided for the audition. Should an accompanist be required then it is up the candidate to arrange and fund this themselves.

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.


2 years full-time. Also offered in a blended/online format.


An Application Fee of €35 (electronically) or €40 Bank Draft/Cheque will apply to all taught postgraduate programmes.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

Post Course Info

Graduates of the MA in Music Therapy have attained successful careers in the health and education services in Ireland and abroad. Graduates work in special schools, nursing homes, hospice services, residential services for adults with intellectual disability and adults who have acquired brain injury.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime,Blended

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