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Ethnomusicology

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.

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 - 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. Applications from graduates with music and/or dance experience are especially welcome.

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.

Duration

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

Course Director
Dr Colin Quigley
Tel: +353 (0) 61 202966
Email: colin.quigley@ul.ie

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester
• Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques
• Media Technologies for Performing Arts & Art Research
• Introduction to Ritual Studies
• History of Ethnomusicology
• Music Ethnography

Options: students can choose one option from the list below

• Independent Study 1
• Writing and Documentation of Arts Practice 1
• Academic Literacies for International Postgraduate Students 1

Spring Semester
• Critical Engagements with Irish Traditional Music
• The Anthropology of Music
• World Music Survey

Options: students can choose one option from the list below

• Independent Study 2
• Critical Contexts of Arts Management and Cultural Policy
• Writing and documentation of Arts Practice 2
• Interdisciplinary Practice

Summer Semester
• Final Presentation

Application date

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

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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