MA Irish Dance Studies
Introduction

The MA Irish Dance Studies is a one-year, full-time taught postgraduate programme. It considers Irish dance practices and related idioms within cultural, historical and practice-based perspectives. Students on the programme critically engage with relevant literature and dance practices and undertake field research in a relevant Irish dance study of their choice.

The aim of the programme is to provide students with contextual, historical, dance notation, and embodied knowledge relating to different Irish dance practices. It also provides an invaluable foundation for those wishing to pursue dance research to doctoral level.

The programme is particularly beneficial for students wishing to pursue careers in the following: dance research, performance studies, Irish studies, media studies, dance education, arts development, heritage and tourism, and cultural organisations.

Programme of Study
Semester 1 

Repertoire and Style in Irish Traditional Dance Performance 1 (12 credits)  MD6021

DA6021: Dance Ethnography

MD6021 Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques

MD6041 Introduction to Ritual Studies

Options

MD 6051 Independent Study 1

MD6031 Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research

MD6o61 Introduction to Somatics

Critical engagements with Irish Traditional Music

MD6071 Writing & the Documentation of Arts Practice 1

MD6111 Colloquium 1

Semester 2

History of Irish Traditional Dance (12 credits) DA5031

Repertoire and Style in Irish Traditional Dance Performance 2 (12 credits) DA5102

Options

MD 6052 Independent Study 2

MD6o61 Introduction to Somatics 2

MD6062 Critical Contexts for Arts Management and Cultural Policy

MD6072 Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 2

MD6082 Choreography for Camera

MD6111 Colloquium 2

Semester 3 

Final Presentation (A written thesis or a combination of a thesis with performance)

Applications

Entrance Requirements:

A primary degree with first or second class honours

or

an approved equivalent qualification

or

an equivalent capability based on prior professional experience.

HOW TO APPLY:

http://www.ul.ie/graduateschool/how-apply

http://www.ul.ie/graduateschool/courses/research/irish-world-academy

or

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick

Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287
Email: postgradadmissions@ul.ie

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK ACADEMIC CALENDAR:

http://www.ul.ie/acacal/academic_cal.html

POSTGRADUATE FEES:

http://www3.ul.ie/finance/docs/FeeScheduleAY1415.pdf

SCHOLARSHIPS:

Click here for a list of scholarships available to prospective Irish World Academy of Music and Dance students.

Testimonials
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Contact

Applicants wishing to discuss detailed elements of the programme may contact the course director:

Dr Mats Melin 
Course Director
MA Ethnomusicology,
Room No: IW1.19,
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance,
University of Limerick,
Limerick,
Ireland.

Tel: +353-61-202542
E-mail: mats.melin@ul.ie

For further details, information and brochures about the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance:

Irish World Academy of Music and Dance,
University of Limerick,
Limerick,
Ireland.
Phone: + 353 61 202590
e-mail: IrishWorldAcademy@ul.ie

For queries to the University of Limerick Postgraduate Admissions Office:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick

Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287
Email: postgradadmissions@ul.ie