During the MA in Music and Cultural History offered by University College Cork you will be presented with the opportunity to acquire and develop core musicological skills, including research techniques, the critical editing of music, and the close reading and analysis of musical texts. You will also engage with some of the most exciting developments in recent music scholarship, including:
- explorations of politics,
- gender and sexuality in music
- race and ethnicity in music
- (dis)ability in music
- the interaction of music with other media
- musical globalisation
- the manifold issues in today's popular music and culture, and
- the new links being formed between musicology and other disciplines such as film studies, cultural studies, postcolonial theory, and philosophy.
The MA in Music and Cultural History offers a well-rounded but focused introduction to methodologies and issues in contemporary musicology. It presents you with an opportunity to expand your familiarity with musical repertoire, deepen your engagement with key critical concepts and acquire valuable research skills.
UCC Musicology graduates develop a wide range of skills that are invaluable to our cultural industries and information economy, including: critical, historical, and global thinking, advanced media literacy and media savvy, cultural analysis, and professional writing.
By participating in MCH Seminars and events such as the FUAIM Music Research Seminar Series, graduates will gain experience in formal presentation and broaden their professional network before leaving UCC. Graduates leave with transferable skills that are extremely important in our global cultural economy and its proliferation of cultural and information-based career fields.
Occupations associated with Music and Cultural History degrees:
- Tourism and Cultural Industries: Tourism, Arts Venues.
- Media: Radio, TV, and Online Platforms, Cultural Journalism.
- Information Technology: Online Music Platforms (Google, YouTube, Spotify, WhoSampled.com), Librarian, Archives, Information Officer.
- Teaching: Universities, EU Cultural Commission, NGO Research Consortia, Secondary Schools.
- Performance: Music Performance and Production, Historically Informed Performance, Singer-Songwriter.
- Public Sector: Arts Administrator, Outreach Officer, Communications Officer, Media Officer
- Advertising: Advertising Copywriter, Demographic Analysis, Account Executive.
- Public Relations & Communications: Music Management and PR.
- Writer: Freelance, Culture and Style Columnist, Blogger, Magazine Editor, Music Editor.
- Marketing: Music Marketing Executive, Marketing Analysis.
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- Research Skills
- Performance Studies
- Sound Studies & Musicology
- Multidisciplinary Debates in Musicology and Ethnomusicology
- Music and Popular Culture
- Music and Cinema
- Musicology: History and Trends
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , National
DisciplinesFilm, Photography & Media Music Music History View 19 other Masters in Film, Photography & Media in Ireland
- In order to be permitted to proceed to the MA Degree in Music and Cultural History, a candidate must hold a primary honours degree in Music (or one in which Music is a major subject) with at least a Second Class Honours grade or higher.
- Applicants with an appropriate professional equivalent will also be considered. Final acceptance is subject to approval by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC.
International16080 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 16080 EUR per year during 12 months.
EU/EEA6130 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 6130 EUR per year during 12 months.
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