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.

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.

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester
• Arts in Health
• Clinical Orientation
• Arts-Informed Research
• Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research
• Independent Study 2

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

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


2 years full-time


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.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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