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The Irish World Academy of Music & Dance

The Irish World Academy of Music & Dance was established in 1994 by Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, whose own research interests established the Academy as the international leader in Irish music research. Over the last two decades, it has attracted researchers from over thirty countries world-wide and has one of the highest proportions of international research students in the university. As well as Irish music and dance, research at the Irish World Academy has grown to encompass a wide range of areas including music and dance ethnography, arts practice research, music and health, and festive arts.

The Academy is a recognised world leader in Irish traditional music and dance scholarship. It has the highest success rate in Irish Research Council funding in Irish traditional music research in the country and six of its doctoral graduates head up traditional arts programmes in other Irish higher education institutes.

Music and Dance Ethnography is a research cluster at the Academy with specialist interests in world music and dance, urban soundscapes, the music and dance of migrant communities and European traditional music and dance. It has links with the European Seminar in Ethnomusicology and the International Council for Traditional Music. Dance Research Forum Ireland, established in 2003, is a non-profit, international, inclusive and interdisciplinary society for the promotion, support and development of dance research and practice in Ireland and further afield. In 2009, the Arts Council awarded seed funding of €140,000 towards the establishment of the national dance archive at the UL Glucksman Library.

The Music & Health Research Group is an international collaboration between researchers, academics, and clinicians with expertise in Music Therapy, Clinical Psychology, Community Music, Statistics, Music Performance, Improvisation, Child and Family Studies including music and infancy, Disability Studies, and Arts Based Research. It was officially launched in 2009 by Professor Even Ruud from the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo, Norway. However, its first developments can be traced to the Music & Health workshop held in Limerick in 2005 which was funded from the European Science Foundation. The Music & Health Research Group has a range of research actions and interests across three thematic areas: music and everyday life; music, health, and society; and the applications of music for health, and in healthcare.

A structured PhD in Arts Practice Research was established in 2009. This is the first structured PhD programme of its kind in Ireland, providing research opportunities for professional artists wishing to reflect on their own practice. The Academy has also become a national leader in advocating for the mainstreaming of arts practice research in higher education in Ireland and has established national and international platforms for promoting policy development, shared practices of evaluation and the development of repositories for arts practice research artefacts. The programme caters for a wider variety of performance specialisations and to date has attracted students in Irish traditional music and dance, contemporary dance, medieval song, Western art music performance, African music and dance, music education and community music.

The introduction of a specialisation in Festive Arts in 2013 further expands the remit of the Academy, including interdisciplinary practice-based research with an emphasis on audience development, participation and engagement within performance practice and a focus on effective and sustainable arts management practices.

Artists-in-residence enhance the rich creative environment within which both traditional and practice-based research occurs. The Academy hosts numerous performance events, as well as a weekly, interdisciplinary public seminar (the Tower seminar series) and a more specialist postgraduate seminar based around invitations to visiting scholars (the LOGOS seminar series).

Entry requirements

The requirements listed below are the minimum requirements set by the University. Individual Faculties may have specific requirements and applicants are requested to identify a potential supervisor before submitting an application for a research programme.

Applicants to a Research Degree Programme (minimum entry requirements)

•An appropriate master's or equivalent qualification that has been obtained from a University or other institution recognised by UL following a period of study similar to that required in UL. A candidate who holds a master's degree in a discipline other than that in which the doctoral research is intended to be pursued shall be considered for entry under rule 5.4.1b, or

•An honours primary bachelor's degree with a minimum classification of 2.1 honours or equivalent qualification, or

•An honours primary bachelor's degree with a minimum classification of 2.2 honours or equivalent qualification, or

•A degree or equivalent qualification, other than that specified in 5.4.1a, 5.4.1b or 5.4.1c and a minimum of four years' acceptable professional experience at an appropriate and relevant level may be considered for entry to the master's register.

•Candidates within this category without a minimum of four years' acceptable professional experience will be considered for entry under regulation 5.4.4.

For further information on the Research Postgraduate Academic Regulations (Handbook of Academic Regulations & Procedures)

https://ulsites.ul.ie/saa/sites/default/files/saa_student_academic_handb...

Further enquiries

Graduate & Professional Studies
University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Tel: +353-61-234377
Tel: +353-61-202530 (Professional/Flexible)
Email: postgradadmissions@ul.ie
Email: gps@ul.ie (Professional/Flexible)

International Education Division
University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Tel: +353 61 213034
Fax: +353 61 213062
Email: international@ul.ie

Application date

The first step in applying for your research postgraduate is to try to identify a potential supervisor and project.

If you're looking for a funded postgraduate research position, check out the Graduate School webpage at https://www.ul.ie/gps/funded-postgraduate-research-scholarships for info on funded PhD positions. There may also be information available on funding on individual faculty pages.

How you apply for your PhD will depend on whether or not you have agreed on a research proposal with your proposed supervisor.

1. Applying if you have a project and supervisor

You'll need to follow these steps:

•Fill in your Application Form. Please return it and your research proposal to the Graduate School, Foundation Building (F2-020) or email it to: postgradadmissions@ul.ie .

•Provide a detailed proposal of the research to be undertaken (on separate sheets if necessary). This should include sections on 1) Description of the topic including the aims of the research; 2) Objectives and/or hypotheses; 3) Research Methodology, including how the data will be collected; and 4) Bibliography and references.

•For Science & Engineering proposals please use the following headings: 1) Background; 2) Objectives; 3) Work to be done; 4) Methods to be used; 5) Novel aspects; 6) Scientific or Engineering theoretical issue(s) addressed; proposal to be a maximum of 2 pages.

•Please note that funded applicants (IRC, PRTLI, SFI...) should ensure that a Financial Aid form is completed, signed and submitted to the finance office.

•Further information on the schedule of fees for research postgraduate students is available from the fees office. If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Graduate School.

2. Applying if you don't have a potential supervisor

If you don't yet have a potential supervisor, you'll need to complete an Expression of Interest form and a research proposal.

The research proposal will help place you with the right supervisor. If you need more information on completing a research proposal, go to page 3 on the Expression of Interest Form.

Once you've completed your proposal and the Expression of Interest form, submit them in PDF format to the Graduate School, Foundation Building (F2-020) or email: postgradadmissions@ul.ie.

The Expression of Interest form and the proposal will then be sent to the relevant faculty and department who will endeavour to identify an appropriate supervisor for you.

If you need more information on applying, read our comprehensive step-by-step guide.

Applications for postgraduate research are accepted on an ongoing basis. Please be sure to submit your certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s) along with your application.

International students can go to https://www.ul.ie/gps/information-international-research and https://www.ul.ie/international/ to learn more about applying to study at UL.

English Language Requirements

Candidates may be required to demonstrate their competence in the English language by interview.

In addition, candidates must either provide certified confirmation that they have completed a primary or a master's degree through the medium of English or submit the official results of English proficiency tests as per the requirements specified by the University, who may consider English proficiency tests other than those listed as meeting the English language requirements for pursuing a higher degree at UL.

Equal Opportunities

The University of Limerick is fully committed to the provision of equality of opportunity and is opposed to all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.

University policies and procedures do not discriminate against individuals on grounds such as gender, marital or family status, sexual orientation, religious belief, age, disability, race or membership of the Traveller community.

Research areas

The Irish World Academy of Music & Dance was established in 1994 by Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, whose own research interests established the Academy as the international leader in Irish music research. Over the last two decades, it has attracted researchers from over thirty countries world-wide and has one of the highest proportions of international research students in the university. As well as Irish music and dance, research at the Irish World Academy has grown to encompass a wide range of areas including music and dance ethnography, arts practice research, music and health, and festive arts.

The Academy is a recognised world leader in Irish traditional music and dance scholarship. It has the highest success rate in Irish Research Council funding in Irish traditional music research in the country and six of its doctoral graduates head up traditional arts programmes in other Irish higher education institutes.

Course title Duration

Masters/PhD in Irish World Academy of Music and Dance 2 - 4 Years

Structured PhD Arts Practice 4 years

Course fee

An up-to-date schedule of fees is available to download from www.graduateschool.ul.ie

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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