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  Degree of Master of Arts in Music Education (MA Mus.Ed.)

This programme is not currently being offered.

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The Department of Arts Education and Physical Education in association with the Department of Music offer this specialised MA degree in Music Education. The degree involves an exploration of music teaching and learning processes from a range of social science perspectives and involves interdisciplinary studies in Education, Music and other related fields.

Who the course is for?

Anyone with an interest in music education including:

  • Teachers (at primary, post-primary and music school/college levels)
  • Policymakers
  • Community/outreach workers
  • Curriculum support personnel
  • Professional/community musicians

Listen to Dr. Gwen Moore, programme coordinator, speaking about the MA in Music Education: here

What is the programme?

  • Taught modules will include guided studies in the following areas:
    • Foundation Disciplines of Music Education
    • Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Music Education
    • Theories of Music Performance
    • Psychology of Music
    • Creativity and Music
    • Music and Culture
    • Developmental Theories of Music
    • Sociological Perspectives on Music Education
    • Principles and Practices of Research in Education
    • Conceptions of Music Education
    • Critical Perspectives on Music Teaching Methodologies
    • Programme and Curriculum Design for Music
    • Assessment and Evaluation in Music Education
  • The MA programme includes a student-directed Practicum module that caters for the professional and artistic interests of course participants.

How long is the course?

  • A one-year full-time or two-year part-time programme that requires completion of six modules and a dissertation

How is the course structured?         

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The part-time course requires 6 contact hours per week over two semesters in Year One. Parts of these modules will be delivered online. 3 contact hours per week are required during the first semester of Year Two. A week-long summer course occurs in Year One also. Taught modules will normally be delivered in the evenings. Additional seminars and workshops may be included, as appropriate. Dissertation work will be carried out in Year Two.


Delivery will be the same as for the part-time course with the exception that the dissertation work will be carried out during the same academic year. As well as this, full-time students take one extra module in Year One, semester one.


How long is the dissertation?

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Students will be required to undertake substantial research leading to a final Dissertation of 20,000 – 25,000 words

Applicants will normally hold either:

a) an honours primary degree with Music along with a post-graduate qualification in Education, or

b) an honours primary degree in Education with Music.

Applicants with equivalent, appropriate qualifications along with relevant professional experience may also be considered on a case by case basis.

When is the next intake of new students?

  • September 2015.

What is the deadline for applications?

  • The MA Mus. Ed. application closing date is 29  May (2015); however, the  application cycle may close earlier or later, depending on numbers of suitable applicants. 

This programme is not currently being offered.

Fees (EU and non-EU)

For more information about fees for this programme, please go to the postgraduate fees 2016-17 page – click here

How to Apply

  1. Download and complete the application form - click here
    • The application form must also include your university transcripts and contact details for two referees.
    • In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IETLS is also required, or equivalent.
  2. Return the application form plus application fee* by email to: admissions@mic.ul.ie or by post to:
    • Admissions Office, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Ireland
    • Telephone: +353 61 204348 / 204929

Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Tel:+35361 204300  V94VN26

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