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Music (MA) (Taught)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:

    Masters Degree

  • Type of Qualification:


  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

    22nd September 2018

Course duration:

Full Time: 2 Years (4 Semesters)

Admission Requirements:

Either a primary degree (a BMus degree or a BA degree with Music as the major subject) awarded with at least 2nd Class Honours in a relevant area, or an equivalent degree in another area together with a recognised professional qualification awarded by a Conservatory or International Examining Body in Performance at Licentiate or Fellowship level), or be prepared to submit to a QQI-approved qualifying process.

Candidates will be required to present for audition/interview, normally in the month of June.


CIT Cork School of Music

CIT Cork School of Music website

Course Fee

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2017-2018 only and are subject to change on an annual basis.

EU Applicants: €4,000
Non-EU Applicants: €12,000
For information on visa requirements, please visit

Union of Students in Ireland (USI) Levy
​The USI membership levy of €7.00 has been introduced as a result of a referendum where students opted to affiliate to the national Students’ Union. This levy must be paid before the start of Semester 1.

Course Aims

This programme is aimed specifically at:

  • Recent graduates wishing to pursue their studies to Masters level
  • Established professionals returning to update their skills and qualifications

Relevant Links:
All relevant modules may be viewed at the following online address

Course Structure Full-Time 

120 ECTS-credits (4 semesters/2 academic years) Full-time
No. of semesters: 4
No. of weeks per semester: 15
No. of timetable hours per week variable


A full-time, 120 ECTS-credits, taught course for performers (instrumentalists/singers/accompanists/chamber ensembles), conductors and composers

  • Instrumentalists/singers receive weekly individual lessons and ensemble coaching sessions as appropriate
  • Conductors receive weekly individual lessons and supervised rehearsals
  • Composers receive weekly individual lessons and supervised reading / performance / recording sessions

Performers are examined primarily through a series of three public recitals/concerto performances; conductors will be examined through a series of three public concerts and associated rehearsals; composers will be examined primarily through the submission of a portfolio of compositions in three instalments. As an alternative to the third public performance, suitable candidates may undertake a dissertation, or a compositional or conducting module. The programme will include opportunities to participate in masterclasses with international artists as well as workshops with professionals operating in the international cultural sector.

During the first semester all students are required to submit a Planning Portfolio exploring planning issues, repertoire and preparation of performances/compositions. Students will also benefit from training in recording technology and interact with peers from the Taught MA in Music and Technology course. Using the school’s state-of-the-art facilities, students will be able to obtain high quality recordings of their performances as well as producing demo recordings. A free choice module is also taken during the first semester. This can be in a cognate area, such as Research Methodology or Music and Technology, but need not be directly related to music.

All students take a common Professional Studies course over the first two semesters dealing with entrepreneurial, organisational, presentational, and technological issues common to all performers/composers, and (during the second semester) each student delivers a case study arising from the lecture material to the cohort of postgraduate students and leads the ensuing seminar.

In the last semester, candidates will also be required to submit a Reflective Portfolio for examination.  Although this will consist primarily of written reflections on the learning experiences relating to the core practical elements of the course, it will also include a written summary of the candidate’s seminar presentation for the Professional Studies element of the course.

Established professional performers, conductors and composers are entitled to apply for RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) in respect of the assessment requirements by submitting scores/recordings for assessment. Students may also avail of the Erasmus programme to earn credit through study at a partner institution.

Further Studies

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)





CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.

For detailed module information, please click here .

  • Online Application for the 2018/2019 Academic Year is now open.
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €400 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.
  • EU Applicants - If you are interested in applying, please email Ciara Moroney at
  • Late applications may be considered if places are available.​


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Ciara Moroney Department of Keyboard Studies