M.Sc. On Campus

Experimental Sound Practice

12 months
16400 EUR/year
6130 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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This Experimental Sound Practice course at University College Cork is for those undertaking creative work involving sound, including notated or recorded compositions; improvisations; sound art; visual art with a sound component; music theatre; performance art; installations etc. 


The Experimental Sound Practice course at University College Cork welcomes students from a remarkably broad range of backgrounds, and creative work produced for it can be extremely diverse. 

Learning outcomes

You are encouraged to experiment with a huge range of possibilities. Staff have specialisms in concert music; dance music; experimental music and art; video art with sound; improvisation; sound Art; field recording.  Basic working knowledge of music technology is expected; a basic ability to read music and notation is desirable.

It includes studies in technique; repertoire; artistic ideas; working with instruments and performers; audio/video technology and practical issues in bringing your creative work to performance.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Expanded Instrument Systems
  • Digital Music and Media Composition
  • Composing in Real Time
  • Sound Art
  • Composing with Field Recordings

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • In order to be permitted to proceed to the MA in Experimental Sound Practice, a candidate must hold an Honours Bachelor's degree, with a grade of Second Class Honours, Grade II or higher, and demonstrate experience in the creation of music or other sonic art.
  • Applicants with an appropriate professional equivalent (e.g. professional musician or other artist of high standing, etc.) will also be considered. Final acceptance is subject to approval by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC. 
  • All applicants will be required to submit a portfolio of sound-based creative work in whatever form is suitable

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16400 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6130 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6130 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Cork

860 - 1400 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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