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Music - Post Primary Teaching

The Professional Master of Education (Music), formerly Professional Diploma in Education (Music), is specially designed to meet the needs of graduates who wish to become teachers of music in secondary schools. Applicants must possess a level 8 honours degree (QQI) which is recognised by the Teaching Council for eligibility to teach the subject music. This course will prepare you to teach music in innovative and creative ways and will introduce you to research in music education. Successful completion of an interview is a requirement. This course is run in conjunction with the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
Primary degree 2.2 Honours (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in Music or Primary degree in Arts with Music as a major subject. In line with Teaching Council and HEA protocol, when applying for a place on the Professional Master of Education programme, the PME Applicant is required to make a formal declaration, using a Subject Declaration Form, that he/she:

1.Holds/will hold, by the date of commencement of the PME programme, a level 8 honours degree.

2.The qualifying degree must carry at least 180 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits (or equivalent) with the specific study of Music comprising at least 80 ECTS credits (or equivalent) and with not less than 10 ECTS credits (or equivalent) studied at third-year level or higher (or modular equivalent).

3.Has covered, as part of their degree, the mandatory topics/subjects as set out in the Teaching Council subject requirements which can be found at:

The Subject Declaration Form (which is available here) for each of the subjects you wish to teach must be fully completed and attached with your application to this programme.

We will be holding an information evening on how to complete the Subject Declaration Form for interested applicants at various times during the autumn (Further details to follow).

All suitable applicants must attend an interview. The focus of the interview is on musical performance, practical content knowledge, ability to communicate, experience and insights gained from work with children and youth, insights gained from teaching experiences if any, and dispositions for teaching.

Garda Clearance is also required for this programme.

What to Include with Your Application

•Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)

•English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)

•A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above

•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.

•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1

•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above

•University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A

•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.


2 years full-time.

Careers or further progression

The Professional Master of Education (Music), formerly Professional Diploma in Education (Music), is a post-graduate qualification now offered at master's degree level, which enables the holder of a relevant primary Degree in Music to be registered by the Teaching Council. The majority of music education graduates from the University of Limerick opt to teach music in Irish secondary schools. UL music education graduates have had their qualifications recognised internationally for teaching purposes in many countries including UK, New Zealand, Australia and USA.

Further enquiries

Department: Education and Professional Studies/Irish World Academy of Music and Dance,
Course director: Jean Downey,
Fax: 353 61-213160

Subjects taught

Semester 1:
Becoming a Teacher:
Identity and Agency,
Understanding Learning,
Planning for School Placement,
Practical Skills of Music 1,
Music Pedagogy

Semester 2:
Understanding Teaching and Learning,
School Placement 1,
Research Methods 1,
Practical Skills of Music 2

Semester 3:
Understanding Schools,
School Placement 2,
Research Methods 2,
Practical Skills of Music 3

Semester 4:
Curriculum Policy and Reform,
History, Policy & Contemporary Issues in Education,
Teacher as Professional Practitioner,
Research and Practice Portfolio,
Reporting Educational Research,
Music Education Independent Study.

Application date

Application Deadline: 8 January 2018 (interviews dates to be confirmed)

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 10/Sep/2018

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