The BA Irish Music is a four-year, full-time undergraduate degree in music designed to develop your performance skills and knowledge of your practice, as well as to include other forms of musical and artistic expression. You will also be able to develop your scholarly knowledge and enquiry around your own discipline and genre. Importantly, you will be introduced to other performance practices and scholarly traditions in order to gain new insights into the worlds of music and dance, enhancing your creative potential. You will also study a number of vocationally focused modules aimed at allowing you to translate your artistic and scholarly creativity into a fulfilling career.

The first year of the course is the common entry programme shared with all the pathways (Irish Music, Irish Dance, Contemporary Dance, Voice and World Music).  Here you will focus and develop your own music practices and be introduced to critical academic engagement with classical, popular, traditional, contemporary,  world music and dance through a performative lens.

From second year onwards, you will focus on Irish Music. Students will undertake additional specialist modules in Irish music and dance studies and ethnomusicology as well as focusing on vocational issues in technology, business and education.

You will have access to one-on-one, weekly contact with some of the finest traditional musicians in Ireland today in order to develop the student’s performance repertoire and style to its full potential.  Students will work in ensemble contexts as well as develop skills in music theory and keyboard, essential for any music graduate.

As a student, you will be based at the world-class facilities of the Irish World Academy building, equipped to the highest standards with cutting edge performance and rehearsal spaces and technological infrastructure. Tuition is provided by a faculty of excellent performers and academics, as well as industry professionals and international guest artists and researchers.

The programme prepares you for many different career paths including professional performance; further study; work in cultural institutions; media related posts; archival work; performance production; portfolio careers combining the preceding and others in entrepreneurial ways.


Conor Crimmins

Aisling Lyons

Niall Keegan

Eileen Minogue

Margaret Hoban

Rebecca McCarthy Kent

Conal O'Kane

Alan Colfer

Ciara Thompson

Majella Bartley

Siobhan Peoples

Michael Blackie O'Connell

Fiana Ní Chonaill


Programme of Study

Year 1

Semester 1

Performance 1A (MD4101)

Irish World Academy Practicum C1 (MD4091)

Critical Encounters with Irish Music and Dance (MU4001 )

Critical Encounters with World Music and Dance (MU4011)


Semester 2

Performance 2A (MD4102)

Irish World Academy Practicum C2 (MD4111)

Critical Encounters with Western Art Music and Dance (MU4012)

Critical Encounters with Popular Music and Dance (MU4002)


Year 2

Semester 3

Performance 3A (MD4103)

Irish World Academy Practicum C2 (MD4092)

Irish Music and Dance Studies 1 (MD4081)

Performing Arts Technology (MD4113)


Semester 4

Performance 4A (MD4104)

Irish World Academy Practicum C4 (MD4112)

Critical Encounters with Global Pop (MD4114)

Contextualising and Vocational Studies - Music and Dance Education / Community Music and Dance (MD4034)


Year 3

Semester 5

Co-op Placement

Semester 6 (Semester 6, Year 3 has an option for International Exchange)

Performance 5A (MD4105)

Irish World Academy Practicum C4 (MD4116)

Arts and Health (MU4106)

Research Skills: Ethnomusicology/Ethnochoreology/Arts Practice (MU4013)


Year 4

Semester 7

Performance 6A (MD4106)

Irish World Academy Practicum C6 (MD4147)

Irish World Academy Final Year Project 2 (MD4157)

Professional Skills for the Performing Arts (MU4007)


Semester 8

Performance 7A (MD4107)

Irish World Academy Practicum C7 (MD4128)

Irish World Academy Final Year Project 2 (MD4138)

Special Topics in Ethnomusicology (MU4008)




All Irish and EU applications (including mature applications) are processed by the CAO (  Applications from outside the European Union are processed by the international office of the University (

Students applying for first year of the programme and intending to graduate with the BA Irish Traditional Music  need to apply for LM026 – BA Performing Arts.  Students can apply with Leaving Certificate and QQI qualifications.  For details of QQI requirements please see the QQI Booklet.  Students can also gain access to the second year of BA through our own Certificate in Music and Dance.

All enquiries in relation to admission of students should be addressed to the course director (details below) or:

Admissions Office

University of Limerick


tel : +353-61-202700

email : 

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




For information on the Erasmus options available in the third year of study please see this link.


Enquiries in relation to the course can be made to:

Dr. Niall Keegan

Director of Undergraduate Studies,

Room No: IW1.17,

Irish World Academy of Music and Dance,

University of Limerick,

Limerick, Ireland.

Tel: +353-61-202465