The breadth of the MA in Music's academic and applied components reflects a wide range of musical genres and scholarly perspectives. The course aims to stimulate musicological inquiry and to expand your knowledge of and engagement with music. While enrolled, you'll have access to an up-to-date music technology studio, a suite of rehearsal spaces, a substantial collection of music titles and online databases, and DCU's vibrant musical culture.

Why Do This Programme?

The MA in Music is a two-year part-time course delivered through lectures, workshops, concerts, tutorials and seminars. The taught modules include regular feedback, equipping you to undertake skill-based projects, develop academic writing and critical thinking, and carry out extended research or creative portfolio work.

The course is distinguished in that it:

•Builds on prior experience and knowledge by providing advanced level academic and applied music studies

•Stimulates learning through lecturers active as musicologists, composers and performers

•Offers up-to-date perspectives on historical and comparative aspects of music production and reception, including themes relating to music in Ireland

•Enhances career prospects in music production, arts management, media, education, research and other fields

Programme Structure and Content

The MA in Music is a two-year part-time Level 9 degree.

In Year One you'll take six Musicology modules with components in applied music studies, assessed through essays and other coursework. Lectures and workshops are normally scheduled Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9pm, with occasional concerts taking place at other times.

In Year Two you'll participate in a Research Seminar and undertake supervised but independent work specialising in Musicology, Composition or Performance. The research seminar series is normally scheduled on Tuesdays, 6-9pm, and meetings with assigned supervisors are arranged on an individual basis. You'll be assessed through your research presentation and the completion of a minor dissertation, or composition portfolio with research essay, or performance recital with research essay.

Programme Aims and Objectives

The aims of the MA in Music are twofold: first, to deepen your knowledge of and engagement with music; second, to engender musicological inquiry. The aims are progressed by providing you with a range of advanced studies in musicology and applied music fields, and by developing relevant expertise that enables you to carry out independent work in research, performance and composition.

Specific objectives include:

•To acquaint students with theories, techniques, discourses and analytic methodologies relevant to a wide range of music genres and practices

•To introduce students to significant developments in aspects of modern and contemporary composition and performance practices

• To consider music in light of philosophical, sociological, psychological and cultural perspectives

•To introduce students to intertextual and intermedial approaches in music scholarship

•To acquaint students with diverse research and creative practice perspectives

•To provide appropriate Master's-level research training, enabling students to carry out independent research in aspects of musicology, performance or composition


DCU's MA in Music course is unique in Ireland for its breadth of taught modules covering a wide range of musical genres and scholarly perspectives. The course combines academic and practical components, with taught modules conducted by specialists in areas of musicology, composition and performance. In your second year, you can choose to undertake research in Musicology, Composition or Performance, depending on your concentration.

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally have an honours primary degree or equivalent (2.2) but appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may be accepted as equivalent to an honours degree, in accordance with the relevant regulations of the University. Interviews may be held.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

For further information on international applications go to (link: international/index.shtml)


2 years part-time

Careers or further progression


Graduates work in a range of music production roles (composing, arranging, performing, editing, performing, conducting), and in arts management, media, music education, community music, musicological research and other fields.

Potential Careers

Music Producer (Composer, Conductor, Editor)
Concert/Festival Manager
Radio Broadcaster/Producer/Researcher
Music Journalist
Music Educator
Music Development Officer
Music Business Entrepreneur
Academic Researcher (PhD studies)

Further enquiries

Programme Chairperson: Dr. John O'Flynn
Tel: +353 (0)1 700 6132

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