Taught course


University College Cork · Department of Music

Entry requirements

A candidate must hold an Honours Bachelor's degree in Music, with a grade of 2H2 or higher, and demonstrate experience in the creation of music; candidates with an Honours degree in another subject, grade 2ii or higher, and a demonstrable experience of composing music may also be eligible. Applicants with an appropriate professional equivalent (e.g. professional musician or other artist of high standing etc.) will also be considered. Final acceptance is subject to approval by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC.

Months of entry


Course content

Students develop their compositional skills through select historical, technical, aesthetic and practical studies. 'Composition' in this instance is understood to mean any form of creative musical work, including notated or recorded pieces, improvisations, sound art, visual art with a sound component, music theatre, performance art, installations, computer programmes intended for the realisation of musical concepts (such as works involving interactive electronics), and so on. Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of compositional work in whatever form is suitable (scores, recordings, videos, computer programmes etc.) and may also be required to attend an interview with members of the programme team.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Mr. John Godfrey
00 353 21 4904534