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BA (Hons) in Music

Course Duration
4 Years
Course Level
Level 8
Course Start Date

Four great reasons to consider this course

  • This programme meets the requirements of the Teaching Council for second-level school teaching.
  • This course provides the opportunity to develop and advance a broad range of musical skills and interests.
  • Work and learn in a collaborative and creative environment with many opportunities to perform.
  • This programme promotes the development of well-rounded and innovative musicians who are able to progress into numerous careers in the creative industries.

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 will allow students to learn and develop a variety of musical skills across three core musical genres: Popular, Classical and Irish Traditional Music. These skills include group and solo performance, musicianship, music journalism, songwriting and composition. In addition to studies in the history of the three core genres, students will learn about music technology, electroacoustic music, and approaches in music education.

During the four-years students will undertake practical, theoretical and historical studies in three central genres: popular, classical and traditional Irish music. Performance and Musicianship modules take place across all four years and are designed to bring a student from beginner to advanced practitioner over the course of the degree. Modules also introduce students to a variety of career paths in music, including music journalism, songwriting, music technology, music business and music education. In-depth modules in musicology, popular musicology and ethnomusicology prepare students for postgraduate studies.

Performance is an important part of our degree programme, and students take part in various groups and ensembles. Students are free to specialise in the performance of a genre of their choice (popular, classical or traditional Irish music) from year 3. Students perform regularly in a variety of settings throughout the academic year, while regular concerts and masterclasses are given by visiting professionals.

Music students have access to state of the art facilities including, rooms for group and solo performance practice, recording studios and the MacAnna Theatre. Opportunities for collaboration on projects with Music & Audio Production, Film & TV and theatre and film practice students frequently arise in this closely-knit creative community.

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Popular Performance & Production
  • Introduction to Keyboard & Fretboard
  • Introduction to Music Theory & Aural Skills
  • Popular Music Studies
  • Academic Writing & Research Skills
  • Creative Collaborative Development

Semester 2

  • Irish Traditional Performance & Production
  • Music Theory & Aural Skills
  • Irish Traditional Music Studies
  • Notation, Arranging and Sequencing
  • Music Journalism & Publishing

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Classical Performance & Arranging
  • Applied Musicianship: Aural & Keyboard
  • Western Art Music 1
  • Harmony and Composition
  • Recording for Creative Media

Semester 2

  • Performance Styles Development: Classical, Traditional & Popular
  • Advanced Musicianship: Aural & Keyboard
  • Western Art Music 2
  • Cinema for the Ear: Electroacoustic Music
  • Community Music

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Performance Practice 1
  • Musicology
  • Technology for Performance
  • Critical Listening & Arranging
  • Music Education: Theories & Approaches

Semester 2

  • Performance Practice 2
  • Conducting & Ensemble Directing
  • Music Research Skills
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Music and Image


Semester 1

  • Advanced Performance Practice 1
  • Minor Project
  • Major Project
  • Music Analysis 1
  • Songwriting

Semester 2

  • Advanced Performance Practice 2
  • Major Project
  • Music Analysis 2
  • Music & Entrepreneurship
  • Popular Musicology


* All module titles are subject to change and are for indicative purposes only.

The course is delivered through lectures, tutorials, practice-based learning and small group performance.  Group work and collaboration are key aspects of the course.

Students are fully supported by staff and are encouraged to pursue music-making opportunities both within and beyond the Department. 

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 performance: solo or ensemble  
  • Music teaching in schools (on completion of a PGDip.) 
  • Music tutoring 
  • Music technology & music software development 
  • Composing, arranging, publishing, realization and editing 
  • Production and management 
  • Broadcasting employment opportunities 
  • Music Research 
  • Community arts employment 
  • Arts administration 


Graduates have the opportunity to continue studies at postgraduate level. 

Please find information on fees and funding here:

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements:

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.

Northern Ireland/UK Entry Requirements:

Applicants must meet the matriculation requirement of 6 different subjects which must include:

→ Mathematics at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
→ English (or Irish) at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
→ Two subjects at either:

    • ‘A Level’ (Grade A* - C)
    • AND/OR Applied A-Level (Grade A* - C)
    • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction).
    • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction)
    • OR BTEC National Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
    • OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
    • OR BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma (Grade min: MMP)

→ The remaining subjects must be different from that presented above and may be drawn from recognised subjects at:

    • GCSE (Grade A* - C)
    • AND/OR AS Level’ (Grades A - E)
    • AND/OR A-level’ (Grades A* - E)
    • AND/OR Applied ‘A-level’ (Grade A* - E)
    • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
    • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

→ And a minimum score of 300 points
→ Plus Passing an audition.

Further Entry Requirements:

  • 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 an 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) in Music is determined by audition/interview and CAO points
  • You must apply to the BA (Hons) in 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 usually take place from April.
  • Individuals with a passion for music from classical, popular and Irish traditional backgrounds 
  • Performers who wish to gain a third-level qualification  
  • Students wishing to develop a broad range of music-related skills  
  • Students considering careers in the creative industries and music education 

Annalisa Monticelli (Joint Programme Director)
Phone: +353 (0)429370200

Georgina Hughes (Joint Programme Director)
Phone: +353 (0)429370200

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
Apply to CAO - Late applications accepted

How to Apply

All applications for this course must be made directly to the CAO by using the course ID

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Northern Ireland & UK

Applicants from Northern Ireland/UK must also apply through CAO. Find out more information about
applying to DkIT from Northern Ireland or the UK.