Music - Performance & Musicology

The MA Performance and Musicology offers students the opportunity to explore and express the meaning of a composition beyond the notes on the page. Our programme offers expert advice on the interpretation of music and composition from musicologists, performers and composers at the cutting edge of their fields. In order to foster professional excellence, students receive individual tutorial time with a designated advisor as part of their Master's programme. There are ample opportunities to have performances recorded in our music studios and to perform in our lunchtime public concert series. The Master's includes funding towards primary instrument coaching or voice coaching to fully immerse students in the development of their professional skills.

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum II.1 honours degree in music is required. Applicants without this qualification may be requested to attend an interview.

Internal Applicants specialising in performance for their UG programme must obtain a minimum of a high II.1 result for their single/double recital.

Internal Applicants not specialising in performance for their UG programme, external and international applicants will be required to demonstrate in audition and interview a standard on proposed principal instrument/voice equivalent to a minimum of a high II.1 bachelor degree. The audition should consist of c. 20 minutes of contrasting music. Vocalists are expected to demonstrate the ability to sing in three languages. Copies of music to be provided for examining panel along with listed programme.

International applicants must have a recognised primary degree considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. International applicants whose first language is not English may be requested to submit samples of written material.


MHT54: 1 year Full-time
MHT55: 2 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

MA Performance and Musicology students develop a portfolio of performance, communication, critical, and analytical skills, while the programme also trains students to work independently and manage their time effectively. These skills serve graduates in a wide range of working situations, from the freelance solo performing career, to arts administration and events management.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director: Dr Antonio Cascelli
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3733

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules include public recital; musicology of performance; research methods; musical texts; collaborative music performance.


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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