MA Irish Traditional Dance Programme of Study

Programme of Study

The course is a one year *, full-time, taught programme. It consists of six three- credit modules (4 core modules and 2 elective modules) of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practicals; these are divided equally between two fifteen-week semesters.

The core modules address theoretical and practical aspects within the field of Irish and western dance performance studies.

The elective modules are self-directed programmes of study which allow students to specialise further in an area of their programme specialisation or to select a project based on expertise available in the other areas of study available at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance including:

  • Dance Performance (Irish Traditional Dance or Contemporary Dance Performance)
  • Ethnochoreology
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Irish Traditional Music
  • Classical String Performance
  • Chant
  • Ritual Studies
  • Music Education

In addition a substantial final presentation is submitted at the end of the programme.

Applicants wishing to discuss the programme may contact the Course Director


The programme is beneficial for students wishing to pursue careers in Irish traditional dance performance, artistic directorship, solo choreography and performance, arts, dance education and dance development.

* Students may be permitted to extend their study over a second full-time year subject to a available places, the agreement of the course director and the head of the IWAMD.

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