BA (Hons) in Applied Music

Course Duration
4 Years
Course Level
Level 8
Course Start Date
September 2018

Course Summary

Interested in a music degree with a difference? Are you dedicated to developing your music skills and knowledge to a high standard as part of a committed team? This four-year honours degree programme encompasses a blend of musicology, music technology, composition, Irish traditional music, ethnomusicology and performance, and balances practical and theoretical approaches to learning.

Our BA (Honours) in Applied Music encompasses a blend of musicology, music technology, composition, Irish traditional music, ethnomusicology and performance, and balances practical and theoretical approaches to learning.

Housed in the Carroll Building at DkIT, Ceol Oirghialla is a proactive centre of teaching and learning, research and performance where we provide a distinctive and pioneering environment for study while recognising and engaging with a wide range of musics and technologies. We welcome students from different music backgrounds and with a diversity of interests to our challenging and enriching programme.

Performance is an important part of our degree programme, and students take part in various music ensembles including music theatre/opera group, choir, orchestra, guitar ensemble, jazz ensemble, rock/pop and Irish traditional groups. Our students perform regularly at a number of performances throughout the academic year, including and and or plus both in the Institute and externally, while regular concerts and masterclasses are given by visiting professionals.

In years three and four we offer specialisms in composition, solo performance (classical, traditional, contemporary /pop), technology and production, education and community, and ethnomusicology subject to student numbers. Our honours degree programme meets the requirements of the Teaching Council for second-level school teaching.

YEAR 1 - Semester 1:

YEAR 1 - Semester 2:

YEAR 2 - Semester 1

YEAR 2 - Semester 2

YEAR 3 - Semester 1

(Core Electives)


YEAR 3 - Semester 2

(Core Electives)


YEAR 4 - Semester 1

(Core Electives)


YEAR 4 - Semester 2

(Core Electives)



(1) All module titles are subject to change and are for indicative purposes only. The provision of electives each year is subject to numbers enrolling on each elective and available resources.

A degree in music can give access to many other careers and music graduates are sought after in professions which demand a high level of personal confidence, communication skills and expressive ability.

Careers may include:

  • Music teaching in schools (on completion of a PGDip.)
  • Music teaching privately and in private schools
  • Music technology & music software development
  • Composing, arranging, publishing, realization and editing
  • Production and management
  • Broadcasting employment opportunities
  • Music performance: solo or ensemble
  • Library, archival work
  • Community arts employment
  • Arts administration
  • Performance sound applications.

Research and postgraduate study at DkIT and elsewhere.

Please find information on fees and funding here:

Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate

INCLUDING At least two H5 Grades

AND Mathematics Grade O6 or H7

AND English Grade O6 or H7

OR Irish Grade O6 or H7

PLUS Passing an Audition

Further Entry Requirments Information

  • Leaving Cert Music (or an equivalent qualification, or demonstrative performance ability) is also desirable.; Applications are invited from students with diverse music backgrounds including Traditional/Folk, Classical, Popular, Contemporary and Jazz.
  • Applicants will be required to undertake an interview and aural test after making application through the CAO. Instrumental, vocal or other performance will be a key part of this, and points will be awarded for the audition. Applicants with an interest in composition may submit a portfolio of their works. The criteria for assessment will be aural aptitude, performance ability and general music knowledge.
  • Entrance to Year 1 of BA (Hons) Applied Music is determined by audition/interview and CAO points
  •  You must apply to the BA (Hons) Applied Music DK860 through the CAO, the Central Applications Office. You will then be called to an interview/audition.
  • Entry to the course is subject to fulfilling the CAO requirements in addition to passing the interview/audition.
  • Interviews for 2018/2019 Academic Year will take place from 16-20 April 2018. 

See HOW TO APPLY section at the bottom of this page for detailed instructions on how to apply for this course.

Dr Ann Marie Hanlon (Programme Director)
Phone: +353 42 9370159

Course ID DK860
Level 8
Duration 4 Years
School School of Informatics & Creative Arts
Department Creative Arts, Media and Music
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Starting Date September 2018
Apply to CAO (Before 1st February Deadline) - Late Applications accepted until 5pm on the 1st of May.
If you have a dream, passion or a love for music and want to see how far you can take it, look into the BA (Hons) Applied Music course as it won’t disappoint.

Gillian Power, graduate BA (Hons) Applied Music

How to Apply

Apply to CAO by 5pm on 1st February 2018. Late applications can be made before 5.15pm on 1st May 2018 to CAO. Applicants may change their course choices after 1st May up to 5pm on 1st July. 

Apply Now

  1. Visit CAO website and click on Dundalk Institute of Technology
  2. Type MUSIC in the Search box
  3. Scroll down to DK860 and follow the instructions on screen.
  4. Following application through CAO applicants will receive a letter from DkIT in mid-March inviting them to attend for audition/interview. You will receive an application form which should be filled out and returned to guarantee a time for your audition/interview.
  5. Applicants that apply before the 1 February deadline will be notified of the results of the audition by early May.