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Ethnomusicology

Introduction
The MA in Ethnomusicology is a one-year, full-time programme which considers music in its cultural context. By applying theoretical concepts developed in the social sciences and by testing these within the context of field research, ethnomusicology provides an alternative approach to the study of Irish traditional music, popular music and world music. This approach embraces anthropology, cultural studies, gender studies, area studies and education, in addition to other relevant areas in musical studies.

Objectives:
- 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

Duration

1 year

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
The Irish World Academy of Music & Dance
Tel : 353-61-202966
Email : colin.quigley@ul.ie

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

Options:
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

Taught Programmes - Application Process
All applicants apply through the online application system by choosing a programme from one of the five faculties. If Non-EU applicants wish to contact the International Education Division first before completing an online application, they can do by filling out the International Education Division Enquiry Form. For more information visit the International Office website.

International Office:
Tel: +353 61 202414
Fax: +353 61 213062
email: international@ul.ie.

Visit the International Office website

What to include (upload) with your application
•Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s).
•Evidence of English language proficiency.
•Certified translations of your award and transcripts if they are not in English
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Please note that certain programmes request additional documentation such as personal statements and/or references. Please check the programme entry requirements to ensure you have included the required information.

What happens after I apply?
Once you submit your application online, you will receive an email acknowledgement. It is important that you upload all your documents at the time of application as you will not be able to upload these at a later stage. If you do not have your documents at the time of application, you will need to mail them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office once they become available.
Your application will then be passed to the Course Director who will decide whether or not to offer you a place. Some programmes require interviews and you will be notified of the date, time and venue.

Decision Letter
You will receive one of the following letters from the Postgraduate Admissions Office:
•An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required and we are offering you a place.
•A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are listed in the offer letter and may include English language tests as well as degree results.
•Letter of regret. We are unable to offer you a place.

Please note that a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Accepting a place at the University of Limerick
To accept your offer you must pay your acceptance deposit and send in the course acceptance form, stamped by the bank, to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. On receipt of this acceptance form/deposit, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will change the status of your application to Firmly Accepted. You will receive an orientation pack in August. The orientation pack will provide you with full details of orientation and enrolment.

Deferring your offer
You cannot defer a place on a taught postgraduate programme without the permission of the Course Director. If you are offered a deferral, you will receive a letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office confirming that a deferral has been granted. You should then contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office before March of the following year to confirm that you will be accepting your place. If you are not offered a deferral, then you must re-apply for the programme the following academic year.

Contacts
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287
Email: postgradadmissions@ul.ie

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 04/Sep/2017.

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