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Music - Performance / Conducting / Composition

This programme is aimed specifically at:
• Recent graduates wishing to pursue their studies to Masters level

• Established professionals returning to update their skills and qualifications

A full-time,120 ECTS-credit, taught course for performers (instrumentalists/ singers/accompanists/chamber ensembles), conductors and composers:
• Instrumentalists/singers receive weekly individual lessons and ensemble coaching sessions as appropriate

• Conductors receive weekly individual lessons and supervised rehearsals

• Composers receive weekly individual lessons and supervised reading/ performance/recording sessions

Delivery and Assessment
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Performers are examined primarily through a series of three public recitals/ concerto performances; conductors will be examined through a series of three public concerts and associated rehearsals; composers will be examined primarily through the submission of a portfolio of compositions in three instalments. As an alternative to the third public performance, suitable candidates may undertake a dissertation, or a compositional or conducting module. The programme will include opportunities to participate in masterclasses with international artists as well as workshops with professionals operating in the international cultural sector.

During the first semester all students are required to submit a Planning Portfolio exploring planning issues, repertoire and preparation of performances/ compositions. Students will also benefit from training in recording technology and interact with peers from the Taught MA in Music and Technology course. Using the school's state-of-the-art facilities, students will be able to obtain high quality recordings of their performances as well as producing demo recordings. A free choice module is also taken during the first semester. This can be in a cognate area, such as Research Methodology or Music and Technology, but need not be directly related to music.

All students take a common Professional Studies course over the first two semesters dealing with entrepreneurial, organisational, presentational, and technological issues common to all performers/composers, and (during the second semester) each student delivers a case study arising from the lecture material to the cohort of postgraduate students and leads the ensuing seminar.

In the last semester, candidates will also be required to submit a Reflective Portfolio for examination. Although this will consist primarily of written reflections on the learning experiences relating to the core practical elements of the course, it will also include a written summary of the candidate's seminar presentation for the Professional Studies element of the course.

Established professional performers, conductors and composers are entitled to apply for RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) in respect of the assessment requirements by submitting scores/ recordings for assessment. Students may also avail of the Erasmus programme to earn credit through study at a partner institution.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Either a primary degree (a BMus degree or a BA degree with Music as the major subject) awarded with at least 2nd Class Honours in a relevant area, or an equivalent degree in another area together with a recognised professional qualification awarded by a Conservatory or International Examining Body in Performance at Licentiate or Fellowship level), or be prepared to submit to a QQI-approved qualifying process.

Candidates will be required to present for audition/interview, normally in April-June. Late applications may be accepted subject to resources being available.


Full Time: 2 Years (4 Semesters).

No. of weeks per semester: 15
No. of timetable hours week: Variable
Which days: Variable
Duration: 2 Years (4 Semesters)

Number of credits


Further enquiries

Ciara Moroney
Department of Keyboard Studies
CIT Cork School of Music
T: +353 (0)21 432 6893


Location: CIT Cork School of Music (CSM), Union Quay, Cork

Application date

Closing date: 31st May but some flexibility may be available.

How to Apply
Applicants other than CIT Cork School of Music BMus Degree Year 4 students must submit an online application form (, curriculum vitae, and in the case of performers/conductors, one recording of at least two contrasting pieces (total length 15 minutes) or for composers a portfolio of work. CIT Cork School of Music BMus Degree Year 4 students must submit an online application form ( and their final results in performance modules will determine qualification for entry.

Non-EU Applicants:
Closing Date: 31st May 2019.
Apply on-line at:

To apply, please e-mail the following documents to
• Completed Application Form:
• Birth Certificate OR Photo Page of Passport – Photocopy of either document
• School Leaving Examination Certificate OR High School Transcript. Include forecast results if final results are not available.
• Academic Transcript and Proof of Final Degree (required for transfer and postgraduate applicants) & Academic Marking/Grading Scheme
• English Language Proficiency score for applicants whose first language is not English. i.e. IELTS Academic Certificate, TOEFL.
• Curriculum Vitae/Résumé

Course fee

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

Students should note that the Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2019-2020 only and are subject to change on an annual basis.

Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. Registration fees for professional bodies etc. are payable separately to these institutions.

Full-time (On Campus) EU Postgraduate Students will also be liable for the €7 USI Levy.

For further information on the USI levy please go to:

Students will be notified of their fees by email to their CIT email account and in all cases, course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

Students can check their account balance and pay their fees online at

Failure to pay fees on time will result in a late payment fee of 10% being applied and students will no longer have access to IT Facilities.

• Where course fees are being funded by an employer, you are asked to seek payment or reimbursement from your employer. Where an employer requires an invoice in their Company name the employer must e-mail with the relevant details and the amount of Fees they will be funding.

• For Semesterised courses, students pay for the relevant modules at the beginning of each semester. Payment of fees by laser, debit or credit card can be made online at or by phoning +353 21 433 5440.

Students should familiarise themselves with the relevant section of the Student Regulations.

Please note that the Fees Office will use your CIT email account for important communications.

Withdrawing from a course
Students who wish to withdrawn from a course must notify the admissions office and complete a withdrawal form. Where Students fail to inform admissions of their withdrawal they will remain liable for any unpaid fees on their accounts. E-mail

Refund Policy
All courses at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a course cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

• A full refund will be given to all applicants for courses which do not proceed.

• A full refund will be given to students who withdraw before 5th September.

• Where students pay the online application fee to accept an offer they have 14 days in which to withdraw and claim a full refund provided the course has not commenced.

• A full refund (less 15% administration fee) will be given to applicants for short courses, if requested up to one week after course commencement. No refunds will be given thereafter. A short Course is less than 12 weeks duration.

• A full refund (less 15% administration fee) will be given to applicants for semesterised and full year courses if requested up to one month after the commencement of Semester 1 and before the end of February for Semester 2. No refunds will be given thereafter.

• All applications for refunds must be made on the appropriate Refund Form which can be requested from the CIT Fees Office (email

NB: Students are reminded to ensure that they have clearly understood all the terms of their enrolment with CIT, in particular clauses concerning refunds, deferments, waivers, course transfers, and visa applications (when applicable).

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