The MA in Ethnochoreology considers dance in its cultural contexts. The aim of the course is to provide a thorough grounding in the theory of, and methods in, Ethnochoreology and to consider dance within its academic framework. It provides an invaluable foundation for those wishing to pursue dance research to doctoral level.

Entry requirements

A primary degree in a suitable discipline with first or second class honours or an approved professional qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland).

An interview will be required in all cases, as well as an audition where necessary. Candidates may be required to submit additional audio visual and/or written material.

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

•Cambridge Assessment English - Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•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.


1 year Full Time

Careers or further progression

Career areas:

The programme is particularly beneficial for students wishing to pursue careers in the following: dance research, performance studies, media studies, dance education, arts development, heritage and tourism, and humanitarian and cultural organisations.

Further enquiries

Course Director

Barbara Christie

Tel: +353 (0) 61 202030


Subjects taught

Autumn Semester

• Ethnochoreology: History and Theory

• Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques

• Dance Ethnography

• Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research

• Introduction to Ritual Studies

Options: students can choose one option from the list below

• Independent Study 1

• Introduction to Somatics 1

• Professional Development for the Performing Arts

• Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 1

• Critical Engagements with Irish Traditional Music

• Academic Literacies for International Postgraduate Students 1

Spring Semester

• Current Issues in Ethnochoreology

• World Dance Survey

• Critical Encounters with Irish Traditional Dance

Options: students can choose one option from the list below

• Independent Study 2

• Critical Contexts for Arts Management and Cultural Policy

• Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 2

• Choreography-for-Camera

• Introduction to Somatics 2

• Interdisciplinary Practice

Summer Semester

• Final Presentation

Application date

What to include with your applicaton

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

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

•A one page supporting statement

•A copy of your birth certificate

Course fee

An Application Fee of €35 (electronically) or €40 Bank Draft/Cheque will apply to all taught postgraduate programmes.

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