Music - Creative Music Technologies

The Department of Music at Maynooth offers a Master's programme in Creative Music Technologies, for both graduates of music and graduates of other disciplines, who have an interest in developing and building upon their understanding of the creative aspects of music and music technology.

The MA in Creative Music Technologies offers graduates with a demonstrable background in music the opportunity to work creatively with sound technology in the cutting-edge environment of the studios and computer resources of Maynooth University's Music Technology Labs. Students benefit from individual tutorial time with a designated advisor and expert instruction from composers and researchers on topics such as studio techniques; the study of acoustics and psychoacoustics; sound design through sound synthesis and signal processing; electroacoustic composition.

Entry requirements

Honours degree normally with a minimum of Grade 2.1. Students with a primary degree other than Music will need to demonstrate a commitment to music or music technology. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


MHT50: 1 year Full-time
MHT51: 2 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

The course has supported graduates to enter academic careers, research, teaching, recording, production, composition, software programming and multimedia design, radio production and music education.

Further enquiries

Programme Director: Dr Gordon Delap
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3794

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules include electroacoustic composition; software sound synthesis, sound recording techniques, music systems programming and a music recording project.


The Department of Music at Maynooth University is renowned for its long and proud tradition of composition, musicology, performance and music technology, immersing students in a vibrant, challenging and creative educational environment. Students will encounter multiple ways of engaging with music: in rehearsals, in concerts, in seminars and in the music studios. Performance experience is offered in a range of professionally directed music ensembles, including the Maynooth University Orchestra, the Guitar Ensemble, the Traditional Group, the Choral Society and the Chamber Choir. Students with a passion for the creation and performance of a whole range of music styles will find the space and the academic support to build their professional skills as musicians and music creators. Composers will find a stimulating and supportive environment amidst the vibrant performance and academic activities in the Department. The focus here is on individual tuition from internationally recognised composers with access to opportunities for collaboration with other musicians in the Department. Musicologists, too, will find a supportive environment; seminars bring leading researchers from around the world, and in the university library, students have access to one of the best-stocked music collections in Ireland. With a combination of expert staff and tailor-made resources, the Department of Music offers a learning experience that builds confidence and develops the techniques and experience needed for careers in research, scholarship, the performance and creation of music, the music industry, the arts and culture sector and many other fields.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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