Entry requirements

Normally a minimum II.1 honours degree in music is required. Applicants without this qualification may be requested to attend an interview. Applications will typically be processed within three weeks. International applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. International applicants whose first language is not English may be requested to submit samples of written material.

Months of entry


Course content

Whether as a stand-alone degree or a stepping stone towards MLitt and PhD research degrees, the MA in Musicology offers you the opportunity to develop as a researcher, deepen your critical and communication abilities, and apply these skills to the study of music history, music and culture, and analysis.

The programme is delivered by staff with strong international research reputations, active as scholars, performers, and composers. Their diverse expertise includes areas such as:

  • music and film;
  • opera studies;
  • source studies;
  • European art music in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries;
  • music in Ireland;
  • ethnomusicology;
  • popular music;
  • music, gender, and sexuality;
  • analysis;
  • and more.

Beyond the modules, seminars, and showcase outlined in the Course Structure, MA in Musicology students may also attend conferences, concerts, and other events that Music Department staff regularly organise. Students also benefit from a first-rate library, access to the University’s language courses, and close proximity to Dublin, enabling access to a further range of research libraries and archives.

The coordinator of this degree is Dr Laura Watson.

See the Department’s webpage www.maynoothuniversity.ie/music/our-people for full details of staff interests.

To download a brochure please visit our website

Information for international students

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants. Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850.

Fees and funding

International students

For funding and scholarship opportunities see here: Fees, funding & scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Department of Music