Diploma in Irish Traditional Music (not on offer in 2020/21)

NFQ Level 7, Special Purpose Award

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure that the programme and module content as described in the University's Calendar and Book of Modules for the 2020-21 academic year are accurate. However, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, no guarantee is given that programme/module content, delivery and assessment may not be altered, cancelled, replaced, augmented or otherwise amended. Any changes will ensure the same competencies and Learning Outcomes are met. Programme and/or Module Coordinators will communicate any such changes to students.

The Diploma in Irish Traditional Music is a full-time programme running over one academic year and is offered to Visiting, Non-EU students only. The programme is designed for applicants who seek to increase their proficiency and knowledge in Irish Traditional Music by taking a range of specialised modules in this area taught by the Department of Music, UCC.

Applicants are expected to have either some experience of Irish Traditional Music or extensive musical abilities in other genres of music, and must satisfy the Head of the Department of Music that they have the musical skills required to undertake the programme. Applicants may be required to submit an audition tape. Applicants will be required to fulfil the normal matriculation requirements of CK101 (see here). Enquiries may be directed to the International Office (email: internationaloffice@ucc.ie).

Note: This programme is open to Visiting, Non-EU students only.


To be admitted to the University Examination in Irish Traditional Music, students must have satisfactorily attended, for at least a full academic year, prescribed modules to the value of 60 credits as follows:

EITHER MU3010 OR MU3030 (10 credits)

three 10-credit modules, of which at least two should be on topics relating to Irish Traditional Music and the discipline of ethnomusicology, as prescribed by the Department of Music in the year in question;

three of the following 5 credit modules (15 credits in total):

Classical Music: MU2029, MU2071, MU2100
Composition and Music Technology: MU2021, MU2023, MU2024, MU2025, MU2027, MU2035, MU2040, MU2074, MU2075, MU2077, MU2088, MU2089, MU2095, MU2096, MU2097, MU2106, MU2107, MU2108, MU2109
Ethnomusicology/World Music: MU2028, MU2034, MU2038, MU2039, MU2090
Film Music/Intermedia: MU2072, MU2103
Irish Traditional Music: MU2020, MU2033, MU2036, MU2070, MU2084, MU2091, MU2114, MU2115, MU2116, MU2117
Jazz and Pop: MU2026, MU2037, MU2105
Music Education and Community Music: MU2079, MU2112, MU2113
Music Theory: MU2001, MU2102
Music Industry and Placement: MU2110, MU2111
Self-directed: MU3020, MU3021

Classical Music: MU2043, MU2044, MU2047, MU2052, MU2101
Improv and Mus Tech: MU2064, MU2076
Irish Traditional Music and Dance: MU2042, MU2053, MU2054, MU2055, MU2056, MU2057, MU2058, MU2059, MU2060, MU2061, MU2062, MU2063, MU2094
Jazz and Pop: MU2050, MU2051, MU2066, MU2093
World Music: MU2041, MU2048, MU2065, MU2067, MU2068
Musicianship: MU2073, MU2098

one 5-credit module of the student's choice, which may be in Music or in a subject other than Music.

In all cases the choice of modules, and of options within modules, is subject to the approval of the Department of Music.

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Full details of regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2020/2021 Book, and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2020/2021.

Three Year Rule
Students must pass the University Examination in Irish Traditional Music within three academic years from the date of first registration for the Diploma in Irish Traditional Music. Failure to comply with this rule means that the student will be ineligible to proceed further with his/her studies. Exceptions to this rule may be granted by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, only for very serious reasons.

Open ALL sections above