Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH102

CAO Points : 321

Closing Date : 01 July 2018

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Taught in cooperation between the Department of Music and the Department of Computer Science, Music Technology strikes an important balance between theory and practice to ensure that you gain experience working with the essential concepts and practical skills involved in music technology. The course is wide in its scope, including such areas as audio engineering, computer music programming, composition, acoustics and psychoacoustics, and the use of digital audio workstations.
Studying Music Technology at Maynooth offers unparalleled expertise. Our programmes are designed to ensure a broad and firm grounding in practical and theoretical work, with expanded opportunities to specialise in areas that really interest you the most in your final year. You have the option of taking up to three other subjects in first year and specialising in one other along with Music Technology in years two and three. This is a unique feature of this degree. Technology resources include a RADAR System/Pro Tools based recording studio; a live room; a 5.1 mastering studio; large-scale mac laboratories utilising Pro Tools software.


A year of study is 60 credits.
1st year
  • Music Technology (timetabled in group 4 from 2018)
  • Choose up to 3 other subjects (or Critical Skills) from the 5 groups available - this now includes Music as an option for students beginning the degree in 2018 to combine with Music Technology
2nd & 3rd year
  • Music Technology
  • Continue with 1 of your other 1st year subjects as a Double Major degree

Students may apply to study overseas after 2nd year (on Erasmus or Study Abroad) and graduate with a BA (International) after 4 years. See the International Studies website for details.

Course Duration: 3 years (BA) or4 years (BA International)

Graduates gain technical experience and skills suitable for a number of fields within the music and media industry including the following areas: music production, sound for radio and television; music and media software development; sound design for games, animation, and film; music and arts management positions; and composition for multimedia and films. You can also choose to do further study.
Some graduates decide on postgraduate study in Maynooth in fields of interest such as: MA in Creative Music Technologies
This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H7
English Yes O6 H7
Language Yes O6 H7
Math Yes O3 H7
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

A mature student is 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time degrees the mature age is 21.
Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2018. Late applications from mature students may be accepted after this date - consult the Undergraduate Studies website for updates. Application may not be made to the CAO afterr May 1st 2018.
Mature students must complete the CAO section for mature applicants fully, indicating clearly past or current studies, and outlining educational goals and objectives. Applicants are assessed on the basis of the information provided on their CAO application form. All questions should be answered in full.
Written assessment. Candidates are shortlisted for interview on the basis of written assessment. Mathematics is required for this degree programme: Leaving Certificate O3/H7 Mathematics OR EQUIVALENT required..

Mature student applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for any required written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2018 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

01 February 2018

Additional Information

Leaving Cert applicants: 2H5 & 4O6/H7, Irish, English & 3rd language & O3/H7 Mathematics required.
New Maynooth Education
Click here for details about 1st year optional Critical Skills courses and 2nd year optional Electives and degree pathways. 
DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.
HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.


The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students


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