Placeholder image for Musicology

Musicology, MMus

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #185 (QS) Dublin, Ireland
The Master of Musicology (MMus) at University College Dublin is an innovative modular programme, which allows students to pursue a wide range of interests, and to work closely with some of the leading musical scholars in the country.


The Musicology programme at University College Dublin encourages interdisciplinary study by enabling students to take modules in both these areas, while also facilitating specialisation. The MMus degree furnishes students with the core intellectual tools for pursuing musical research, whilst also encouraging independent scholarship.


Many previous graduates of the MMus Degree have gone to successful academic careers in addition to jobs in arts administration, journalism, and teaching. 

Recent graduates have gone on to pursue doctoral work at internationally-renowned institutions such as Cambridge, King’s College London, Royal Irish Academy of Music, lecturer positions at Royal Holloway, Goldsmiths (London), Birmingham and Sydney Conservatoires, as well as positions with the BBC and RTÉ (radio and television).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • African-American Religious Mus
  • Issues in Music, Sound and the Moving Image
  • Philosophy of Music
  • The Piano Concerto in European Musical Culture
  • Topics in Ethnomusicology
  • Coming to know Medieval Song
  • Ethnographic Methods
  • Fast Culture: Ethnomusicology in Urban & Digital Contexts
  • Studies & Problems in Irish Musical Historiography

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Most courses operate a rolling admissions policy with decisions being taken as soon as possible after receipt of completed applications. 

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    90 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Get a free IELTS practice test
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

    Schedule TOEFL®
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

    Schedule TOEFL®

General Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor in a cognate area with a minimum 2.1 or an equivalent of a UCD GPA of 3.2.  (NFQ Level 8 ) or equivalent.  
  • Cognate areas include Music, Musicology, Ethnomusicology, Music Education and Performance Studies.  In some cases the School of Music will accept applicants from English, History, Sociology and Anthropology.  
  • However, the School will first assess the applicant's ability to read musicial notation and engage with Music Theory. Written sample work (1000-4000 words)and two positive academic references.   Applicants whose first language is not English are also required to submit evidence of their English language proficiency. 

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Dublin

  • 1100 - 1800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Check your fit
Check your budget and academic fit with this study


Did you know you can compare your wishlisted programmes with our new Comparison tool?