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MA in Music Education

This degree is level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) awarded by University of Limerick.
Places Offered: Up to 20
Note: The next intake for this programme will be September 2023.
  • Programme Overview
  • Programme Content
  • Entry requirements
  • How to apply
  • Programme Overview

    MIC’s Department of Arts Education and Physical Education, in association with the Department of Music, offer this specialised Masters 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.

    This blended learning programme is suited to 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 and Professional/Community musicians.

    Topics taught include: philosophy, sociology and psychology of Music Education; creativity; Music Education projects and policies, theories of music performance; music education in schools and communities; social justice and music education; musical participation; musical meaning.

    MA in Music Education graphic with children signing behind it
    MA in Music Education
    Dr Ailbhe Kenny, programme coordinator, discusses the MA in Music Education

    Special programme features

    This programme is provided through a mix of online and on-campus teaching. It is offered on a one-year full-time or two-year part-time basis and requires completion of six modules and a dissertation. Full-time students take one extra module in year one, semester one.

    Career opportunities

    Career opportunities open to graduates include working as music education practitioners, teachers, community musicians, music coordinators, policymakers, curriculum support workers.

    Shauna McCullough
    Shauna McCullough

    Graduate Testimonial - Shauna McCullough

    The MA in Music Education at MIC provides an excellent platform to immerse yourself in the research behind why we do what we do as music educators and advocates for music education. The programme covers a broad range of topics and is an excellent way to develop your writing from a critical thinking perspective. There are a wealth of additional opportunities to attend workshops, seminars, talks and present your own work at music education conferences that you may not get otherwise. The lecturers are invested in you and offer a level of support that it difficult to find in other MA programmes. I would encourage anyone considering an MA in Music Education to take the leap of faith and go for it.

    Graduate Testimonial - Úna Mc Loughlin

    I chose to study music education, as I have a great love and interest in music, and wanted to expand my knowledge of music in relation to education. This course gave me a deeper understanding of the theory behind a music curriculum, as well as challenging me to think about and improve my own approach to music teaching. The course also encouraged me to develop new music skills, for example I took up playing the drums, as well as helping me to gain an in-depth knowledge of composition in the primary school, my chosen research topic. While attending the course, I often wondered why I gave up my free time to study. But having now completed the course, I am so glad I did. I have a greater knowledge of music education, a greater confidence in delivering and developing music programmes, have broadened my music contacts, and have had many new doors opened to me.

    Úna Mc Loughlin
    Úna Mc Loughlin


    Dr Ailbhe Kenny 

    Programme Coordinator

    Programme Content


    The programme is delivered on a full-time (over one year) or part-time (over two years) basis. It is a blended programme involving both on campus and online delivery. In the first year of the programme, all students take two taught modules in the autumn semester (and three modules if full-time). In the spring semester, students take two taught modules, one of which is a self-directed Practicum. During the summer period, students will attend a week-long summer school. In year two, part-time students only attend the Principles and Practice of Research in Education module.  

    Full-time students also complete their dissertation in year one, whereas part-time students develop their ideas and dissertation proposals throughout year one, and formally work on this in year two. 

    Autumn Semester

    Foundations of Music Education 1 (online) 
    This module provides students with a firm understanding of theoretical perspectives on music education with a particular focus on the philosophy of music education.  
    Music Education in Policy and Practice (on campus, 1 evening) 
    This module considers and evaluates a range of contextual issues relevant to current policy and practice nationally and internationally.  
    The Principles and Practice of Research in Education (on campus, 1 evening) 
    This module facilitates student’s acquisition of the skills of literature review, research design and proposal writing. Full-time students complete it in Autumn, year 1 and part-time students complete it in Autumn, year 2. This is a link-in module with other postgraduate cohorts. 


    Spring Semester

    Foundations of Music Education 2 (online) 
    This module involves understanding psychological, sociological and other inter-disciplinary perspectives to explore the nature of listening, performing and composing.  
    Practicum (self-directed and on-campus) 
    This module involves undertaking individualised programmes of learning that will be based on the specific professional interests of each student. It enables the student to apply the theoretical aspects of the course to their own professional interests.


    Summer School

    Contemporary trends and issues in Music Education (on campus and online – 1 week) 
    This module offers students the opportunity to explore current trends and issues in music education through practice and theory through an intensive week-long summer school. 



    Students will design, implement and analyse an original research project. Findings will be presented in a written dissertation of 14,000-16,000 words or as a piece of practice-based work accompanied by a written narrative. 

    Assessment Modes

    A variety of assessment modes are engaged with including essays, a practicum, reviews, programmes of work and a final dissertation.

    Programme Details

    Duration: One year full-time or two year part-time.


    Entry requirements

    Applicants will normally hold either an honours primary degree with Music along with a post-graduate qualification in Education or 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.

    Click here for English language requirements.

    How to apply

    The next intake for this programme will be September 2023.

    EU Applicants

    • Please complete the application form here and return by email to:
    • Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee using Realex here.
    • In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of your IELTS results (or equivalent) is required.

    Non-EU Applicants

    You are advised to contact the MIC International Office before applying:

    E:   or    T:  +353 61 204988 /+353 61 774790.

    • Entry requirements and the application process vary according to country of origin. Check your country here.
    • Please complete the application form here and return by email to:
    • Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee using Realex here.
    • You will be required to upload your university transcripts
    • In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of  your IELTS results (or equivalent) is required

    Transferring from another 3rd Level Institution

    The transfer route into MIC depends on the content overlap of your new and old course and the number of places on the new course in the year you apply. Before submitting an application you should contact where we will consider your case with the relevant Head of Department of the course you wish to transfer to.

    EU/Non-EU Status Assessments

    The designation of a student as being from the EU or a Non-EU country determines the fees they will pay at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) i.e. there may be cases where a non-EU national acquires EEA citizenship during the course of their third level studies and would qualify for EU fees, for example. 

    Click here for more information on EU/Non-EU assessments which will be conducted by MIC International office to determine status. 


    For information on Postgraduate Fees please click here.

    US Students please note that you can apply for Federal Aid. Click here for more information.

    Non-EU Applicants:
    +353 61 204988 / +353 61 774787
  • Programme Overview
  • Programme Content
  • Entry requirements
  • How to apply