What will I learn?

The Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology at UL is a one-year taught post-graduate degree that trains students in the field’s histories, theories, and methods in relation to a variety of world music. Musical practice is an important part of the program and is a central modality through which to engage in research. The course caters to the international interest in Irish traditional music and contributes to the growing significance of ethnomusicology as an academic discipline in Ireland.

Ethnomusicologists seek to understand the processes by which music is imagined, made, listened to, and discussed —everywhere and anywhere. Ethnomusicology follows music makers and listeners as they move throughout today’s interconnected world. It follows their music as these circulate from person to person and through various media. It asks how musical experience becomes meaningful for individuals who come together in social groups of all types, ranging in scale from nations to families, and no matter whether they gather together in the intimacy of their homes or communicate through the far-flung networks of the world-wide-web. Ethnomusicology relates the particular musical sounds, behaviours, and ideas shared within these groups to their social, cultural, and ecological contexts. In short, we aim to discover, document, and deepen appreciation of human musical life in all its richness and diversity.

The MA Ethnomusicology at the University of Limerick brings together Ireland’s largest team of specialist faculty, offering an inquiry-led MA culminating in an individualized thesis submission. Musical practice is an important part of the program and is a central modality through which students engage in research. Course work emphasizes fieldwork and ethnographic methodology coupled with a strong theoretical grounding. The programme engages Ireland’s rich musical traditions locally and around the world, as well as exploring the diversity of world music and their study today.

The Irish World Academy’s commitment to ethnomusicology and ethnochoreology as core offerings is evidenced in the large number of faculty employed in these areas, a library collection that is second to none in Ireland, the recent inauguration of a World Music pathway in the BA Performing Arts and the growth of its world music instrument collection.

The degree course is designed to cater for the continuing education needs of graduates in music and in cognate and closely related disciplines, such as: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Education, Ethnochoreology, Gender Studies and Irish Studies. The course appeals to a broad spectrum of students who come from a wide variety of musical and academic backgrounds and who wish to benefit from the unique configuration of theoretical and practical possibilities offered by the University of Limerick. The aim of the course is to provide a thorough grounding in theory and methods in Ethnomusicology and to consider Irish traditional music as well as other world music within this frame.

All modules will be offered in an online curriculum which will allow individual flexibility in organising your study time.
Programme of Study

The Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology is a one year, full-time, taught programme. Its modules comprise lectures, seminars, tutorials and practicals. These are divided equally between Autumn and Spring semesters. In addition, a substantial Final Project presentation will be prepared for submission late in August. This may take the form of a 15,000 word thesis or combination of performance and a shorter written component.

Which department am I in?

Irish World Academy of Music and Dance

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€13,140.00 (US$ 14,897) per year

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

Application deadline

1 July 2022

More details

Start date

5 September 2022

Venue

University of Limerick

Limerick,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The minimum entry requirement is a 2:2 undergraduate degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) (or equivalent). Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following: Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved; Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above; TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based); IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component; English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1; GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above; Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B; GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

For international students

A primary degree with first or second class honours

or

an approved equivalent qualification

or

an equivalent capability based on prior professional experience.

Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
PTE ACADEMIC:- a minimum score of 61 (with no section score below 59)

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

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