The one-year MA in Music and Cultural History is a progressive alternative to conventional postgraduate courses in musicology, and it draws on the diverse expertise of internationally renowned scholars to combine the very best of traditional and contemporary scholarly practice.
During the course 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.
Students take 90 credits as follows:
MU6030 Research Skills (5 credits)
MU6003 Performance Studies (15 credits)
MU6031 Sound Studies & Musicology (5 credits)
MU6034 Multidisciplinary Debates in Musicology and Ethnomusicology (5 credits)
MU6035 The Body in Creative Arts Practice (10 credits)
MU6036 Music and Popular Culture (10 credits)
MU6037 Music and Cinema (10 credits)
MU6012 Research Project in Music and Cultural History (30 credits)
Postgraduate Diploma in Music and Cultural History
Candidates who pass at least 60 credits of taught modules may elect to exit the programme and be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Music and Cultural History.
Course Code: CKE79 Full-time; CKD21 Part-time;
Course Title: Music and Cultural History
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-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 BA degree (or equivalent) in Music, 2.2 (see detailed entry requirements)
Closing Date: See details in application procedure section below
Next Intake: 11 September 2017
Each of the modules in Part A runs for twelve weeks (either September to December or January to March) and consists of three weekly hours of seminars as well as an additional hour of self-directed study.
You will also be encouraged to form peer-learning groups and you will be provided with study facilities for these groups.
The average weekly commitment is approximately 10 hours of formal instruction, but you will also spend time in individual preparation, reading, study and research.
You will be required to attend selected live performances and screenings, and to engage with live streams and other mediatised forms of performance.
The dissertation (approximately 12,000 words) is submitted in September.
You will be assessed through a combination of coursework (essays, portfolios of short assignments, learning journals), in-class presentations and viva voce examinations. There are no written examinations.
Application for this programme is on-line atwww.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:CKE79AddditionalQuestions (89kB)??
Early applications are encouraged for early decisions.
Further Contact Information
Dr Melanie L. Marshall
Programme Director,MA in Music and Cultural History
Department of Music
School of Music and Theatre
University College Cork
Tel: 021 490 4629 /4530