Music - Post Primary Teaching

University of Limerick, Graduate School


  • Limerick


  • Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)
  • Graduate Diploma
  • Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

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  • Full time

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Application Date

Application Deadline: 9 January 2015 (interviews will be held on the 22nd and 23rd January 2015)

(applications will continue to be accepted after the closing date for any remaining places on the programme)

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2 years full-time.

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Application Fee

An Application Fee of €35 (electronically) or €40 Bank Draft/ Cheque will apply to all taught postgraduate programmes.

Financial Support

Taught Postgraduate Programme Funding
Funding information for Taught Postgraduate Programmes 2014/15 and additional postgraduate funding within the faculties is available by visiting the Faculty websites.

Applying for a Scholarship
The University of Limerick is offering taught postgraduate scholarships to potential applicants for the 2014/15 academic year. The value of each scholarship is €2,000. The successful candidates will receive the scholarship in the form of a reduced fee. The Scholarships will be allocated by the faculties on the basis of financial need and personal statement from the applicants.

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Entry Requirements

Primary degree (Level 8 - QQI) in Music or Primary degree in Arts with Music as a major subject. A satisfactory performance at interview. (The interview may include an audition in particular cases).

Garda Clearance is also required for this programme.

What to Include with Your Application
•Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
•English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)
•A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
•GCE ‘O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
•University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6.

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Course Content

The Professional Master of Education (Music), formerly Professional Diploma in Education (Music), is specially designed to meet the needs of graduates who wish to become teachers of music in secondary schools. Applicants must possess a level 8 honours degree (QQI) which is recognised by the Teaching Council for eligibility to teach the subject music. This course will prepare you to teach music in innovative and creative ways and will introduce you to research in music education. Successful completion of an interview is a requirement. This course is run in conjunction with the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

Subjects Taught

Semester 1:
Becoming a Teacher: Identity and Agency, Understanding Learning, Planning for School Placement, Practical Skills of Music 1, Music Pedagogy.

Semester 2:
Understanding Teaching and Learning, School Placement 1, Research Methods 1, Practical Skills of Music 2

Semester 3:
Understanding Schools, School Placement 2, Research Methods 2, Practical Skills of Music 3

Semester 4:
Curriculum Policy and Reform, History, Policy & Contemporary Issues in Education, Teacher as Professional Practitioner, Research and Practice Portfolio, Reporting Educational Research, Music Education Independent Study.

Careers or Further Progression

The Professional Master of Education (Music), formerly Professional Diploma in Education (Music), is a post-graduate qualification now offered at masters degree level, which enables the holder of a primary Degree in Music to be registered by the Teaching Council of the Department of Education and Skills. The majority of music education graduates from the University of Limerick opt to teach music in Irish secondary schools. UL music education graduates have had their qualifications recognised internationally for teaching purposes in many countries including UK, New Zealand, Australia and USA.

Further Enquiries

Department: Education and Professional Studies/Irish World Academy of Music and Dance,
Course director: Jean Downey,
Fax: 353 61-213160

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