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Music Technology

About this Programme
Dundalk Institute of Technology's taught Masters programme in Music Technology, is designed for graduates seeking to combine technological competence with musical creativity and is a response to the increasing demand from Artists, Scientists, Educationalists, and the wider music industry, and digital media sector, for courses which bridge the traditionally perceived Arts-Science divide to produce graduates conversant in both new technologies and their creative application.

Comprising taught and research components, the programme is modular and structured over three semesters. The taught component of the programme (Semesters 1 and 2) consists of mandatory and elective modules, the latter offering the student the opportunity to follow a pathway through the course which reflects his/her personal interests. The student has a completely free choice of elective modules, the only requirement being that five modules in total must be taken in each semester.

Following successful completion of the taught component the student pursues a major research project, the Masters Project, under the supervision of one/more of the course tutors. The pathway chosen by the student will strongly influence the focus (Artistic, Scientific/Technological, or Educational) of the research component, which in turn will determine the award title of Master of Arts in Music Technology, or Master of Science in Music Technology. Projects are normally in one of the following areas: music software development, composition portfolio, or dissertation.

Important features of the Masters programme in Music Technology at DKIT are the balancing of theory and practice, and technological competence and musical creativity. Conceptually, the progression over the fifteen months can be broadly characterised as a move from Fundamentals to Creativity to Independent Research. At the core of the programme is hands-on training at computer music workstations where students are exposed to computer-based musical composition, sound synthesis and manipulation, programming and development, and music production.

The Department's Music Technology Centre is a state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research environment dedicated to the musical applications of technology. It comprises fully-equipped and networked music labs, a recording studio, and an interactive systems room.

Entry requirements

Second class honours degree in Music/Multimedia or Computing/Engineering/Science (in certain circumstances – e.g. where technological and/or musical competencies are particularly strong – degrees in other disciplines may also be accepted). For mature applicants (over the age of 23 at time of application) relevant industry or related experience may be accepted in lieu of degree. As part of the selection process all shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a selection interview.


1 year full-time.

Further enquiries

Sean Keegan
t: +353-0429370200 ext 2182
e: PJ Carroll Building P2044

Subjects taught

Semester 1
•Acoustics & Psychoacoustics (M)
•Sound Synthesis and Manipulation (M)
•Recording Techniques and Technologies (M)
•Electroacoustic Music and Composition (M)
•Computer Programming for Musicians (M)

Semester 2
•Interactive Systems (E)
•Music Production (E)
•Electroacoustic Music and Composition (E)
•Programming for Audio Applications (E)
•Music and Multimedia (E)
•Applications of Technology in Music Education & Community Music (E)
•Research Methods (M)

Enrolment and start dates

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