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What will I learn?

Whether as a stand-alone degree or a stepping stone towards MLitt and PhD research degrees, the MA in Musicology offers you the opportunity to develop as a researcher, deepen your critical and communication abilities, and apply these skills to the study of music history, music and culture, and analysis. The programme is delivered by staff with strong international research reputations, active as scholars, performers, and composers. Their diverse expertise includes areas such as: music and film; opera studies; source studies; European art music in the nineteenth and twentieth century’s; music in Ireland; ethnomusicology; popular music; music, gender, and sexuality; analysis; and more. Beyond the modules, seminars, and showcase outlined in the Course Structure, MA in Musicology students may also attend conferences, concerts, and other events that Music Department staffs regularly organise. Students also benefit from a first-rate library, access to the University’s language courses, and close proximity to Dublin, enabling access to a further range of research libraries and archives.

Career Options

MA Musicology students develop a portfolio of critical, analytical, and communication skills, while the programme also trains students to work independently and manage their time effectively. These skills serve graduates well in a wide range of employment situations, including areas specific to music such as arts administration and events management. The MA in Musicology is also an excellent option for those considering further postgraduate study.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€14,000.00 (US$ 16,240) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Maynooth University

MAYNOOTH,

Kildare,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level from a recognised university . Students with high grades will be considered for postgraduate study. Students need to have a minimum score of 560 in paper based TOEFL and 59 in PTE.

For international students

Normally a minimum II.1 honours degree in music is required. Applicants without this qualification may be requested to attend an interview

International applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

English Language Requirements

IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score - applicants for Business Masters programmes must also have a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing

TOEFL (Paper based test): 560

TOEFL (Internet based test): 92

PTE(Pearson): 59

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Maynooth University

Maynooth is an internationally esteemed ‘young’ university, with a rich heritage, that offers an excellent student learning experience.

  • Located in Ireland’s only university town, 25km from Dublin
  • Three faculties with 34 academic departments
  • No.43 in THE 100 Universities Under 50 rankings
  • International Office offering friendly, dedicated support