Performance and Musicology, M.A. | Maynooth University | Maynooth, Ireland
12 months
14000 EUR/year
6500 EUR/year
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The Performance and Musicology degree programme from Maynooth University is designed for students with strengths in performance who want opportunities to deepen and extend their skills. 

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The pathway is carefully honed to foster and develop skills in performance and musicology at postgraduate level. The preparation of a dissertation allows you to develop research skills in an area closely related to your final recital performance. All of this takes place within the rich environment of the Department of Music with its research and teaching strengths in musicology, performance, composition and technology. 

What You Can Expect:

  • Funding towards lessons on your instrument/voice.
  • Priority access to practice room facilities. 
  • Regular rehearsal time with an official accompanist.
  • Regular opportunities to perform in Performance Seminar classes. 
  • Priority allocation of tutorial time with visiting performers as available.
  • Priority inclusion in the Department’s public lunchtime concert series.
  • Opportunities to have performances recorded.


Students of the Performance and Musicology degree programme from Maynooth University develop a portfolio of performance, communication, critical, and analytical skills, while the programme also trains students to work independently and manage their time effectively. These skills serve graduates well in a wide range of working situations, ranging from the freelance solo performing career, to arts administration and events management. The MA in Performance and Musicology is also an excellent option for those considering further postgraduate study or instrumental and vocal training.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Critical and Creative Media Research
  • Acoustics & Psychoacoustics
  • Music in Ireland
  • Images of the Human Being. In Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Thought
  • Musicology of Performance
  • Readings in Modern European History 
  • Media Publics: Digital Media, Public Discourse and Political Formations
  • Aesthetics of 20th/21 St Century Music

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally a minimum II.1 honours degree in music is required. Applicants without this qualification may be requested to attend an interview
  • Applicants specialising in performance for their UG programme must obtain a minimum of a high II.1 result for Single/Double Recital
  • Applicants not specialising in performance for their UG programme will be required to demonstrate in audition and interview a standard on proposed principal instrument/voice equivalent to a minimum of a high II.1 bachelor degree. The audition should consist of c. 20 minutes of contrasting music. Vocalists are expected to demonstrate the ability to sing in three languages. Copies of music to be provided for examining panel along with listed programme.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14000 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6500 EUR per year during 12 months.

Part-time EU: 4,330

Living costs for Maynooth

650 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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