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Music - Liturgical Music

Master's Degree in Liturgical Music
This Masters programme is offered in association with the National Centre for Liturgy. It consists of theological and theoretical study of the Church's liturgy, with specific attention to the area of liturgical music.

This joint academic and practice-based programme qualifies holders to undertake posts as organists, cantors, or directors of music at parish or diocesan level. The liturgical music academic component is balanced by an intensive course of supervised practical training in a number of core liturgical music disciplines.

Course Aims:
• To provide an academic framework appropriate to the study of Theology at Masters level.
• To provide students with an in-depth theological and theoretical formation in the Church's liturgy.
• To form students in the historical, textual, doctrinal and technical aspects of liturgical music.
• To enhance students' critical awareness of music composed for and performed in the liturgy.
• To significantly enhance participants' competency and confidence in selected practical disciplines.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
The course is especially suited to applicants who have studied Theology and Music to degree level. Candidates should normally have obtained at least a Second Class Honours, Grade I overall. The Faculty of Theology may also accept candidates whom it deems to have an equivalent standard. As the programme contains a significant practical component, prospective candidates will need, on application, to furnish evidence of proficiency in at least one of the following three areas: (a) Cantor, (b) Organ, (c) Liturgical Composition.

An interview will be part of the selection process.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to satisfy the English language requirements.


2 years full-time

Careers or further progression

Career Outcomes
The programme qualifies holders to undertake the post of Organist, Cantor, or Director of Liturgical Music at parish, diocesan or national level.

Further enquiries

St. Patrick's College
Co. Kildare
W23 TW77
+353 (0)1 708 3600

Subjects taught

Year 1
Core Academic Modules
PG 484 Liturgy: Ritual, Theological and Historical Approaches
PG 487 Sacramental Theology: Liturgical and Systematic Aspects
LI 203 The Eucharist / Liturgical Time
LM 101 Music in Christian Worship
LM 403: Aspects of Liturgical Music

In the following Practical Modules, students take LM404: Liturgical Composition and choose between LM402: Organ Skills and LM405: Cantor Skills

Practical Modules
LM 404: Liturgical Composition
LM 402: Organ Skills I
LM 405: Cantor Skills I

Year 2
Practical Modules
• Methodology in Research
• Guided Thesis Research
• Major Practicum in a Musical Discipline

Application date

Application Deadline: 12th June 2020
Late applications may be considered from those living on the island of Ireland and from the EU.

Enrolment and start dates

Course Start Date: September 2020

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