The MA in Ethnomusicology is a one-year full-time taught MA course that considers music in its cultural and social contexts. It engages with the study of Irish Traditional Music, Popular Music, World Music in both practical and academic modes. Course work emphasises the value of fieldwork coupled with a strong theoretical grounding. It supports both continued research and teaching at tertiary and secondary education levels, as well as having application in a variety of other institutional settings.

- To equip postgraduates with a professional qualification in Ethnomusicology;
- To develop a sound theoretical basis for undertaking musical research;
- To provide students with a thorough grounding in the field for teaching purposes;
- To give practical training in musical performance and dance;
- To consider Irish music within a larger geographical framework.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
A primary degree in a suitable discipline (e.g. Anthropology, Music, Cultural Studies and Folklore) with a first or second class honours, or an approved professional qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - QQI). 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. Applications from graduates with music and/or dance experience are especially welcome.

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 one page supporting statement
•A copy of your birth certificate

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


1 year Full Time

Careers or further progression

Career areas:
The degree course is designed to meet the continuing education needs of graduates in music and in cognate and closely related disciplines. The course is also designed to cater to the occupational and vocational needs of the following professions: university and college lecturers in ethnomusicology, secondary teachers of music, professional music performers, music archivists, music administrators, music educators, and media specialists.

Further enquiries

For academic queries on this programme contact:
Course director: Dr Colin Quigley
The Irish World Academy of Music & Dance
Tel : 353-61-202966
Email :

Subjects taught

Semester 1
MD6021 Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques
MD6031 Media Technologies for Performing Arts & Art Research
MD6041 Introduction to Ritual Studies
MU5101 History of Ethnomusicology
MU6061 Music Ethnography

Options: students can choose one option from the list below
•BR5001 Broadening through Awareness, Activism and the Arts (Postgraduate)
•MD6051 Independent Study 1
•MD6071 Writing and Documentation of Arts Practice 1

Semester 2
MD6081 Critical Engagements with Irish Traditional Music
MU5022 The Anthropology of Music
MU5032 World Music Survey

students can choose one option from the list below
•MD6052 Independent Study 2
•MD6062 Critical Contexts of Arts Management and Cultural Policy
•MD6072 Writing and documentation of Arts Practice 2

Semester 3 : MD5522 Final Presentations

Application date

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: 09/Sep/2019

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