Music and Dance

University of Limerick
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Music and Dance

Music and dance are an intrinsic part of the cultural life of this island being significant economically as well as artistically and socially. The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick has become a world leader in the study of these phenomena, situating music and dance in the centre of a number of critical approaches and disciplines in the study of culture and society.

This subject is designed to develop your academic and vocational skills. The main thrust of this subject in this context is the academic study of various music and dance practices. You will also engage in vocational studies directly relevant to music and dance. For example, you will have the opportunity to record CDs and videos, use digital media, write business plans, plan tours and organise performances.

You will also engage in specific academic studies in traditional music and dance, popular music and dance, histories of western music and dance, ethnomusicology, ethnochoreology, music and dance education and music and dance psychology. You will also have the opportunity to engage with the wider cultural, social and historical context of this island through a number of modules in Irish cultural studies.

Admission requirements

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation mathematics is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

In addition, students wishing to study a Language must hold a minimum H4 grade in that language, with the exception of beginners German or beginners Spanish where a H4 grade in a language other than English is required. Specialist requirement in Mathematics also for those studying Economics or Mathematics.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Semester 1

Critical Encounters with Irish Music and Dance

Semester 2

Critical Encounters with Western Arts Music and Dance

Year 2

Semester 3

Students select 2:

  • Irish Music and Dance Studies
  • Performing Arts Technology
  • Critical Encounters with World Music and Dance

Semester 4

Cooperative Education Placement

Year 3

Semester 5

External Academic Placement

Semester 6

Research Skills: Ethnomusicology/ Ethnomusicology/ Ethnochoreolgy/ Arts Practice

Year 4

Semester 7

  • Professional Skills for the Performing Artist
  • World Music and Dance Survey 1

Semester 8

  • Classical Music Studies
  • Arts and Health

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Tuition fee varies, please visit the university's website for more information.


NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Continuing studies

  • Master of Arts in Irish Music Studies
  • Master of Arts in Irish Dance Studies
  • Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology
  • Master of Arts Music Therapy

Career paths

This subject is designed to produce graduates with a broad range of skills that can be employed in a number of professional contexts. Great emphasis is also placed on the development of transferable vocational skills, enabling you to access a diverse range of less obvious career pathways.

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University of Limerick

The University of Limerick (UL) is renowned for its graduate employability, dedication to the student experience, industry-relevant programmes, award-winning research, stunning campus and UL`s deep commitment to community engagement. With close to 16,000 students, including 3,000 international students, UL is...

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The Universities commitment to graduate employability, UL`s dedication to the student experience, industry-relevant programmes, award-winning research, stunning campus and UL`s deep commitment to community engagement.  

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University of Limerick

University of Limerick
V94 T9PX Limerick

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