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 centuries; 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 staff 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.
The coordinator of this degree is Dr Laura Watson.
See the Department’s webpage www.maynoothuniversity.ie/music/our-people for full details of staff interests.
To download a brochure please visit our website
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.
International applicants whose first language is not English may be requested to submit samples of written material.
Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.
Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850
Applications will typically be processed within three weeks.
The programme comprises seven modules in total: six group-seminar modules (three per semester) and a year-round thesis module for which students are allocated individual supervisors. You will encounter a rich spectrum of musicological topics, themes, and approaches in the programme, which reflects the variety of staff research interests. In addition, a year-round research seminar series provides an opportunity to hear guest lectures by visiting musicologists, composers, and performers. Students also present their work in progress at the annual MA Showcase in Semester 2.
Foreign language instruction is also available through the Maynooth University Language Centre. https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/language-centre for detailed information and fees.
Please note that the following modules will be available on this Masters programme from September 2016
All modules are compulsory
THESIS (MUSICOLOGY) MU640 30 CREDITS Semester 1 and 2
RESEARCH METHODS MU660A 10 CREDITS Semester 1
MUSICAL TEXTS MU661 10 CREDITS Semester 1
MUSIC IN IRELAND MU647 10 CREDITS Semester 1
AESTHETICS OF 20th/21st-CENTURY MUSIC MU635 10 CREDITS Semester 2
INTERPRETING ANALYSIS MU648 10 CREDITS Semester 2
GENDERED MUSICAL BODIES MU649 10 CREDITS Semester 2
Current academic year modules details below
Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity
The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:
Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.