The School of Music is one of the leading centres for graduate musical study in Ireland. Our graduate programmes give students the opportunity to work with scholars of international standing in the School's core disciplines of historical musicology and ethnomusicology. The MMus degree furnishes students with the core intellectual tools for pursuing musical research, while also encouraging independent scholarship. The MLitt and PhD programmes afford the chance to complete a major research project under the supervision of an expert in the field. Students completing postgraduate degrees often pursue academic careers, or go on to jobs in arts administration, journalism, teaching, or a variety of other professions.
UCD provides its PhD students with a culture of intellectual support and exchange, through the faculty and the graduate student community. All of UCD’s research programmes are now fully modularized and offered with taught components (such as Transferable Skills modules and Teaching Apprenticeships). Apart from the main supervisor, research students will be co-supervised and assessed by a doctoral panel composed of representatives of Music and cognate disciplines. After the first year of their studies, research students will receive a recommendation as to whether they should continue their studies towards an MLitt or a PhD degree.
The MLitt degree can be awarded after two years’ study and the submission of a substantial thesis (together with optional taught components this amounts to 180 ECTS credit points); the PhD can be awarded after a minimum of three years' study and the submission of a dissertation (270 ECTS credit points).
If you have a question on any of our graduate programmes please email our School administrator.
The following is a list of graduate programmes offered at the School of Music: