This innovative one-year taught MA in Ethnomusicology offers a fresh and dynamic approach to the study of music at postgraduate level in Ireland. It combines scholarship and performance in the study of a diverse range of music traditions from around the world. Emphasis is given to performance, history and theory of ethnomusicology, cultural and performance theories and ethnographic field research.
The Department of Music is internationally renowned as a centre of excellence for the study of Irish traditional music and world music. Postgraduate students join a thriving research culture in our Department. Our music scholars and practitioners represent a model of innovative research in the twenty-first century. Committed to a diversity of scholarly traditions and forms of creativity, our staff are internationally recognised for their innovative research, which is marked by its progressive attitudes and its diversity of coverage.
The MA in Ethnomusicology consists of five modules with a total credit weighting of 90 credits.
Modules (90 credits)
History and Theory of Ethnomusicology (15 credits)
Ethnography of Music (15 credits)
Performance Theory (15 credits)
Performance Practice (15 credits)
Dissertation (30 credits)
Project/Performance (30 credits)
Through a programme of individual research under the guidance of staff, students investigate a music-culture and/or socio-musical phenomenon of your choice, employing appropriate methodological approaches and theoretical paradigms, and present the findings in a dissertation of not less than 12,000 words.
The project module offers you the opportunity to explore research topics in ethnomusicology using both practice-based and theoretical methodologies with project work culminating in a performance-based presentation.
The programme can also be taken part-time over 24 months (by day). The course structure for part-time students would be subject to agreeement with the Department of Music.
Details of the programme content and modules are in the Postgraduate College Calendar
Course Code: CKE68 Full-time; CKD51 Part-time
Course Title: Music - Ethnomusicology
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: 1 year Full-time
Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.
NFQ Level: Level 9
Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee: EUR 6,000 full-time; EUR 3,000 per year part-time
2016 Entry Requirements: You will have a 2.2 honours BA degree, or equivalent, in music or a related subject (e.g. anthropology, folklore, cultural studies). (See detailed entry requirements
Closing Date: See details in application procedure section below
Next Intake: 11 September 2017
All teaching is delivered in small group seminars, ensemble classes and tutorials, and in one-on-one lessons and supervision. You can expect eight to twelve hours of class contact time each week, depending on the ensembles studied, concerts presented and frequency of supervision meetings.
All assessment is based on continuous assessment methods. You are assessed on coursework submitted, including essays/papers, presentations, music performances, and on attendance and contribution to class.
Application for this programme is on-line at www.pac.ie/ucc. Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.
All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.
Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here: CKE68AdditionalQuestions (89kB)
Further Contact Information
E: Professor Jonathan Stock
P: + 353 21 4904530