Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The Master of Musicology (MMus) is an innovative modular programme, which allows students to pursue a wide range of interests, and to work closely with some of the leading musical scholars in the country.
Furnish a comprehensive grounding in the core disciplinary strengths of historical musicology and ethnomusicology.
Encourage inter-disciplinary study, by enabling students to take modules in all of these areas, whilst also facilitating specialisation.
Vision and Values Statement
The Master of Musicology degree will appeal to students who wish to prepare for further research in Music and to those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of historical musicology and ethnomusicology. The programme aims to develop students analytical research skills and independent critical and reflective thinking and writing, within a supportive research-oriented environment.
We value ambition, dedication, and passion for music in all its forms: critical reflection on music, performance to the highest professional standards, and engagement with composition through analysis, reflection and the creative process
The programme gives students an opportunity to work with scholars of international standing in the Schools core disciplines of historical musicology and ethnomusicology. The MMus degree furnishes students with the core intellectual tools for pursuing musical research, whilst also encouraging independent scholarship.
The degree emphasises progression from taught foundational modules, through focused case studies reflecting the School's major research strengths, to opportunities for independent research. Teaching is in small seminars and requires intensive student preparation. The Graduate Colloquium enables students to present autonomous research (a twenty-minute paper) in a supportive peer environment. The programme culminates in the writing of a research dissertation on a topic of the students choosing.
On completion of the programme students should - have developed a specialised understanding of the principal developments and trends within the core disciplines of historical musicology and ethnomusicology and be conversant with a wide range of methodological and interdisciplinary approaches.
be able to undertake independent research and deal confidently with the various forms of primary evidence available for research in Musicology.
be able to analyse primary evidence, place it in context, and assess its reliability.
demonstrate critical understanding of diverse academic viewpoints.
be able to deliver oral presentations clearly and confidently, and engage constructively in group discussions.
demonstrate the ability to participate appropriately in an academic community.
have developed solid writing skills including the ability to engage in rigorous and original research-based work.
have developed a range of transferable skills and experience, including disciplined work methods, rigorous, and analytical and imaginative thinking, which would facilitate scholarly progression in Musicology and Music, but also within a wide range of professional contexts.