Course Description

MA in Choral Studies


DCU’s MA in Choral Studies is the first programme of its kind in Ireland. It offers an unrivalled opportunity to engage with the interpretation of choral repertoire from historical and contemporary contexts, and to create and perform new music under expert guidance.

In this programme, you will explore:

  1. Choral conducting and choir leadership
  2. Composing for choirs
  3. Historical approaches to choral music
  4. Cultural policy and the arts sector

Programme Aims and Objectives

Through this programme, students will acquire an advanced level of knowledge, understanding, and skills in the areas of historically informed choral interpretation, composition for choirs, leadership in choral performance and vocal technique, stylistic ensemble singing, editing, analytical score preparation, and the arts sector in Ireland.

The programme will equip students with the academic, critical, musical, and research expertise to underpin their activities in conducting, composing, and ensemble singing, and will facilitate a deep understanding of the relationship between cultural policy, public bodies, and enterprise in the arts.

Programme Content and Structure

The programme is offered part-time over two years. Lectures take place in Drumcondra on Monday evenings and on one Saturday per semester.

Students must successfully complete six core taught modules:

  • Conducting, Interpretation and Style
  • Choral Music: Historical and Analytical Approaches
  • Composition for Voices
  • Creative Approaches to Text
  • Choral Contexts: National Infrastructure for the Arts
  • Choral Leadership

In addition, students complete a research module, which includes a series of seminars on research methodologies and a minor thesis on choral studies or a portfolio of compositions/arrangements.

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CollegeDublin City University (DCU)
Course LocationGlasnevin, Dublin
Location PostcodeDublin 9
Course CategoryMusic, Arts & Humanities
Course TypeClassroom Based
Awarding BodyDublin City University
Awarding Body DetailsMA in Choral Studies
Entry RequirementsGeneral Entry Requirements- Recognised honours primary degree (Level 8) in Music, or in which Music is a subject, with a minimum of Second Class Honours. OR Recognised honours primary degree (Level 8) in another discipline, with supporting evidence of competence in Music, such as Grade 8/Diploma in instrumental/vocal studies, Grade 5 theory (ABRSM), and vocal/choral experience appropriate to commencing a Level 9 programme. OR Practitioners in the fields of conducting and composition who do not meet these prerequisites will be invited to submit a curriculum vitae and details of competence in music (as above), and may be asked to participate in an interview. In the case of International applicants, having educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language, they must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language, with a minimum score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Qualification MA in Choral Studies Fees Full time EU Status Fee N/A Non EU Fee N/A Part time EU Status Fee Part-time €3,600 Per Annum Non EU Fee Part time €7,400 Per Annum
Carear PathPotential Careers Graduates may progress or enhance their careers in areas such as: Choral conducting Composition Ensemble singing Music teaching (subject to relevant qualifications) Choral arts administration Music criticism Broadcasting Recording and production Editing and choral publishing Graduates may also pursue doctoral research in choral studies or related areas.
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