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MMus Musicology

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 School's 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 student's choosing.

Programme Outcomes

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.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor in a cognate area with a minimum 2.1 or an equivalent of a UCD GPA of 3.2. (NFQ Level 8 ) or equivalent. Cognate areas include Music, Musicology, Ethnomusicology, Music Education and Performance Studies. In some cases the School of Music will accept applicants from English, History, Sociology and Anthropology. However, the School will first assess the applicant's ability to read musicial notation and engage with Music Theory. Written sample work (1000-4000 words)and two positive academic references. Applicants whose first language is not English are also required to submit evidence of their English language proficiency. It is expected that applicants will normally have reached an overall 7.0 in IELTS, with no individual band lower than 6.5, or equivalent.


Z045: 1 year full-time or Z191: 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability

Many previous graduates of the MMus Degree have gone to successful academic careers in addition to jobs in arts administration, journalism, and teaching. Recent graduates have gone on to pursue doctoral work at internationally-renowned institutions such as Cambridge, King's College London, Royal Irish Academy of Music, lecturer positions at Royal Holloway, Goldsmiths (London), Birmingham and Sydney Conservatoires, as well as positions with the BBC and RTÉ (radio and television).

Further enquiries

Contact Name:Anne Hallinan
Contact Number:+353 (0)1 716 8178

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Ethnomusicology: Theory & Method.

Graduate Colloquium

Musicology, Criticism and Cultural History: an Introduction

Research Methods & Seminar

MMus Dissertation

Stage 1 - Option

African-American Religious Mus

Issues in Music, Sound and the Moving Image

Philosophy of Music

The Piano Concerto in European Musical Culture

Topics in Ethnomusicology

Coming to know Medieval Song

Cultural Musicology Case Studies

Application date

Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The following entry routes are available:

MMus FT (Z045)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

MMus PT (Z191)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Course fee

MMus Musicology (Z045) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7055
nonEU fee per year - € 19200

MMus Musicology (Z191) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4235
nonEU fee per year - € 9600

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2019/2020 September

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