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Music and Culture

University College Dublin

12 months
20500 EUR/year
7610 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The UCD School of Music is one of the leading centres for graduate musical study in Ireland. Our graduate Music and Culture programme at the University College Dublin gives students the opportunity to work with scholars of international standing in the School’s core disciplines of historical musicology and ethnomusicology.


Key facts:

  • The Music and Culture programme at the 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.
  • Foundation modules in these areas as well as research methods are followed by case studies based on the research interests of our staff. The programme furnishes students with the core intellectual tools for pursuing musicological research, while also facilitating specialisation. Irish musical culture features prominently in the programme (including case study modules entitled "Sounding Ireland Onscreen" and "Popular Music in Ireland"), yet the profile of the degree is by no means restricted to Irish topics, given that our research interests embrace music from many different regions. Guest seminars by international scholars also form an important part of the syllabus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations in Historical Musicology
  • Foundations in Ethnomusicology
  • Research Methods
  • Ethno/Musicology in Ireland Seminar

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

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 3.08 (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 musical notation and engage with Music Theory. Written sample work (1000-4000 words) and two positive academic references will be required.  Applicants whose first language is not English are also required to submit evidence of their English language proficiency.  It is expected that applicants will normally have reached an overall 7.0 in IELTS, with no individual band lower than 6.5, or equivalent.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20500 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7610 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7610 EUR per year during 12 months.

Part Time

  • EU fee per year - €4,570
  • Non-EU fee per year - €10,250

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.


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