Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Music Studies

The Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Music Studies is an innovative new course offering from the Irish World Academy.  This is a two (Autumn & Spring) semester programme worth 60 postgraduate ECTS credits.  In the Autumn semester students can engage in person at the Irish World Academy, entirely online (with both synchronous and asynchronous contact) or in a blended manner, mixing online and face-to-face engagement.  In semester 2, students can only engage on campus, face-to-face.  The second semester of the programme allows students to choose to specialise in performance or more academically orientated programme outcomes.

The programme draws upon considerable expertise from across the Academy’s wide range of disciplinary approaches, exploring and expanding ideas and sounds 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 Masters, 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 your own performance/compositional practice, if desired and where appropriate.

After completion, graduates can return in the June of later academic years to add on credits to complete the MA Irish Music Studies.

Programme Content
Semester 1

MD6171 Framing Irish Music: Sources and Discourses 1

MD6021 Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques

MU6061 Music Ethnography

MD6161 Irish Traditional Music Performance Research Seminar

MD6041 Introduction to Ritual Studies


MD6111 Colloquium 1

MD6051 Independent Study 1

MD6031 Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research

MD6071 Writing & the Documentation of Arts Practice 1

Semester 2

MD6152 Framing Irish Music: Sources and Discourses 2

MD6081 Critical Engagements with Irish Traditional Music


MU5022 Anthropology of Music


MU5612 Traditional Irish Music Practicum 2


MD6111 Colloquium 2

MD6052 Independent Study 2

MD6062 Critical Contexts for Arts Management and Cultural Policy



Entry 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.)


an approved equivalent qualification


an equivalent capability based on prior professional experience.

Students applying for this programme must apply for the MA Irish Music Studies and then exit the programme at the end of semester two to be awarded with the Postgraduate Diploma.  Students will have the option of exiting the programme after semester one with a Post-Graduate Certificate in Irish Music Studies.  Students in later years may re-join the programme in January to complete the MA Irish Music Studies.


First, make contact with the Course Director Dr. Sandra Joyce to signal your interest.

Then, follow this link:

or contact:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick

Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287


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EU – €7,270

Non- EU – €16,900

Further information on fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353 61 213 007 or email

Course Director, Dr. Sandra Joyce , Executive Dean, AHSS
Location:  C1080 (Main Building)