BA Voice

The BA Voice is a four-year, full-time undergraduate programme designed to develop your vocal performance skills, repertoire and knowledge of your practice. You will develop your scholarly knowledge and enquiry around singing and you will also be introduced to other performance practices, enhancing your creative potential.  You will study a number of practical, research and vocational modules which will help you to focus your artistic and scholarly creativity into a fulfilling career.

Entry to first year is under the CAO common entry code (LM026 BA Performing Arts) shared with all of the undergraduate degree pathways (BA Irish Music, BA Irish Dance, BA Contemporary Dance, BA Voice and BA World Music).  However, your focus from the beginning will be on voice. You will develop your vocal performance practice through weekly one-to-one, choral, ensemble, theatre and performance classes.  All BA Voice students also take a variety of skills classes in keyboard, music theory, sight-singing and conducting, ensuring that singers graduate with a high standard of transferrable skills for work in the field.

Students also engage academically with classical, popular, traditional and world music and dance through a performative lens, and from second year onwards, BA Voice students undertake additional specialist modules in vocal pedagogy and voice studies as well as shared performance technology, community music and music education modules with students from different pathways.

Vocalists engaged in this course at the Irish World Academy will experience a range of vocal styles and traditions. Students enter the programme from popular(CCM), music theatre/stage school, singer/songwriter, folk, sacred or choral backgrounds (among others). You will find that the core aspects of the programme will support your development across multiple styles, broadening and deepening your approach to singing and functional awareness of your instrument. The Academy has an unparalleled team of faculty and tutors who will guide and facilitate the growth of students as vocal performers and academics.

As a student, you will be based in 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.


Dr Hannah Fahey

Dr Kathleen Turner

Marie Walshe

Jean McGlynn

Dr Kevin O’Carroll

Máire Keary-Scanlon

Hollie O Donoghue

Steve Ryan

Ewa Zak-Dyndal

Eóin Scanlon




Programme of Study

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 C3 (MD4092)

Voice Studies: Historical and Cross Cultural Perspectives (MU4023)

Performing Arts Technology (MD4113)


Semester 4

Performance 4A (MD4124)

Irish World Academy Practicum C4 (MD4112)

Vocal Pedagogy (MU4043)

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


Year 3

Semester 5

Cooperative Education

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

Performance 5A (MD4106)

Irish World Academy Practicum C5 (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 1 (MD4157)

Professional Skills for the Performing Arts (MD4007)


Semester 8

Performance 7A (MD4107)

Irish World Academy Practicum C1 (MD4128)

Irish World Academy Final Year Project 2 (MD4138)

Materials and Context for Vocal Performance(MU4004)




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 Voice 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.

For more information on the audition and interview process see

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 Hannah Fahey

Course Director, BA Voice

Room No: IW1.19,

Irish World Academy of Music and Dance,

University of Limerick,

Limerick, Ireland.

Tel: +353-61-202958