MA Irish Music Studies
Introduction

The MA Irish Music Studies caters for people who wish to study Irish Music (traditional, folk, classical and related genres) from critical, cultural, historical, musicological, and analytical perspectives. The programme draws upon considerable expertise from across the Academy’s wide range of disciplinary approaches, exploring and expanding ideas of what constitutes ‘Irish music’, from historical and contemporary perspectives. The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance has become a leading centre for the Study of Irish traditional music in particular, and while this genre informs some of the content of this MA, it is one of a number of Irish musics that may be pursued as part of the programme. You are also encouraged to engage with the discourse through their own performance/compositional practice, if desired and where appropriate.

Programme of Study
Semester 1

Framing Irish Music: Sources and Discourses 1 (9 credits)  MD6171

MD6021 Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques

Music Ethnography  MU6061 (6 credits)

Irish Traditional Music Performance Research Seminar (3 credits) MU6061

MD6041 Introduction to Ritual Studies

Options

MD6111 Colloquium 1

MD 6051 Independent Study 1

MD6031 Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research

MD6071 Writing & the Documentation of Arts Practice 1

Semester 2

Framing Irish Music: Sources and Discourses 2 (9 credits) MD6152

Critical Engagements with Irish Traditional Music (3 credits)  MD6081

Anthropology of Music MU5022 (12 credits)

Options

MD6111 Colloquium 2

MD 6052 Independent Study 2

MD6062 Critical Contexts for Arts Management and Cultural Policy

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 (suitable disciplines include but are not limited to, dance, music, arts, anthropology, sociology, folklore, etc.)

or

an approved equivalent qualification

or

an equivalent capability based on prior professional experience.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

First, make contact with the Course Director Dr. Aileen Dillane aileen.dillane@ul.ie to signal your interest.

Then, follow these links:

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

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

or contact:

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.

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Contact

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

Dr Aileen Dillane 
Course Director
MA Irish Music Studies
Room No: IW1.19
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance,
University of Limerick,
Limerick,
Ireland.

Tel: +353-61-202159
E-mail: aileen.dillane@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