The focus of the Music Composition programme at Maynooth University is the creation of a professional portfolio of compositions, supported by regular one-to-one tuition from the experienced composers in the Department of Music. Core modules in contemporary compositional technique and the study of works and writings of other composers help broaden your compositional focus and allow you to develop your own voice in the exciting world of contemporary music. These activities are complimented by regular talks and consultations with visiting professional composers and opportunities for performance of your works by visiting performers and student ensembles.
Recent graduates have gone on to enjoy successful careers as composer (for media and art-music), arranger, performer/improviser, music copyist, essayist/critic, and in fields such as arts management and broadcasting amongst others. The skills developed in the MA in Composition are transferable to many diverse areas of employment beyond the creative industries, including primary, secondary and third-level education, research based careers (e.g. research and consultative work, not only in the arts but also general public sector organisations), and administrative or managerial roles.
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- Contemporary Compositional Techniques
- Styles & Ideas
- Acoustics & Psychoacoustics
- Software Sound Synthesis
- Sound Recording Techniques
- Music in Ireland
- Musical Signal Processing
- Aesthetics of 20th/21st Century Music
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- 12 months
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DisciplinesMusic Music Composition
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- Honours degree normally with a minimum of Grade 2.1 in music. Interview is required in addition to submission of examples of composition demonstrating attainment equivalent to high 2.1 BA level skills. International students whose first language is not English are required to present an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).
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International14000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 14000 EUR per year during 12 months.
EU/EEA6500 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 6500 EUR per year during 12 months.
Part-time EU: 4,330
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.