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Music & Technology

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

Entry requirements

Admission 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 (www., and the applicant should contact the course coordinator.


Full-Time: 1 Year (3 Semesters).
Part-Time: Please contact Course Coordinator.

No. of weeks per semester: 13
No. of timetable hours week: 13
Which days: Monday to Friday

Part Time: Arrangements should be discussed with the course coordinator.

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.

Number of credits


Further enquiries

Hugh McCarthy
Department of Musicianship & Academic Studies
CIT Cork School of Music
T: +353 (0)21 480 7324

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

• Problem Solving & Programming
• Interpreting Sound & Music
• Audio Electronics
• Digital Culture
• Marketing & Media Law
• Core Instrumental Studies 5
• Core Instrumental Studies 7
• Devised Performance Project

Semester 2
• Recording Studio 2
• Computer Music 2
• Sound Synthesis

• Music & Technology 4 - Live Sound
• Audio Signal Processing
• Ethics & Aesthetics
• Cybercultures
• Business & Info Management
• Core Instrumental Studies 6
• Core Instrumental Studies 8
• Devised Performance Project

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


Location: CIT Cork School of Music (CSM), Union Quay, Cork (primarily) and CIT Bishopstown Campus.

Application date

Closing date: August 20th 2017, but some flexibility may be available.

Course fee

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

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