About the School

School of Music and Theatre

The School of Music and Theatre provides the most progressive education in Music and Theatre in Ireland today. The School offers a broad, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary curriculum in a uniquely creative environment. The School is renowned for the diversity of its course offerings, its student-centered ethos, and its commitment to integrating scholarship and artistic practice.

Undergraduate Studies

The School offers a range of exciting undergraduate degrees in Music and Drama and Theatre Studies.

Undergraduate Degrees in Music

The BA (Arts-Music) now offers three pathways after first year. You can study for the BA Arts-Music (3yrs), BMus (4 yrs) or the BA Arts-Music International (4yrs). Regardless of which pathway you wish to pursue, in First Year you will take courses providing key foundational skills in Music and two further Arts subjects offered through the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences.

As part of your degree you will gain experience and understanding of music in contemporary society. You will experience classical, popular, jazz, film, Irish traditional and world music. We integrate practical study alongside academic and theoretical courses. You will have a considerable choice of music-related options, allowing you to build up a distinctive profile as a composer, songwriter, performer, producer, educator or worker within the cultural and music industries.

Music can be taken for Joint Honours with such subjects as Irish, Italian or Geography. The Department of Music offers several special denominated degrees, including the BA in Music and Chinese Studies, the BA Arts-Music (European pathway) and the BA in Music and Drama and Theatre Studies.

Our BMus or BA Arts-Music students have a rich opportunity to develop competence and confidence for direct employment as musicians, educators or music industry professionals. Students enhance their suitability for many graduate careers through acquiring skills in: music performance, composition and improvisation; independent investigation and research; team-working, reliability and leadership; creativity, problem solving, imagination and contextual understanding; and communicating effectively orally and in writing.


Undergraduate Degrees in Drama and Theatre Studies

The Department of Drama and Theatre Studies (DTS) offers a range of undergraduate degrees. Drama and Theatre Studies can be taken for Joint Honours with a variety of other subjects, or as the primary subject in the new Single Honours degree programme. DTS also offers a special denominated degree, the BA in Music and Drama and Theatre Studies.

Teaching in Drama and Theatre Studies at UCC is research-led, and is informed by practice-based approaches and the complementary relationship between theory and practice. The Department works closely with the Granary Theatre and it has close relations with UCCís DRAMAT society.

The wide-ranging cross-disciplinary Joint Honours and the practice-focused Single Honours degrees prepare our students for graduate work in variety of areas, including theatre, film, television, education, media, and arts administration. Graduates of Drama and Theatre Studies have successfully found employment as professional actors, directors and drama teachers. Many have established their own theatre companies, work freelance, or have extended their studies at MA and PhD level.


Music and theatre research in the School is marked by its progressive attitudes and its diversity of coverage. Together, the Schoolís music and theatre scholars and practitioners represent a model of innovative research in the twenty-first century.

Research in Music

Research Scholarship in the Department of Music embraces musicological and ethnomusicological perspectives, practice-led research, a range of interdisciplinary approaches and the exploration of musicís relationship to other arts and media. The Schoolís ethos of inclusiveness and diversity is reflected in the specialisms of its internationally-recognized team of scholars. No music practice is privileged or excluded; areas of research encompass Western music from Renaissance to post-experimental and popular music, traditional musics, a range of non-Western musics and music for screen and stage. The Schoolís composers, renowned for their progressive methods and interests in new technologies, create music for a variety of idioms and genres, involving traditional ensembles and interactive new media, experimental and popular music, sound installations and music for stage. The Schoolís performers undertake practice-based research in a range of music traditions, including contemporary music, jazz, popular music, Irish traditional music and non-Western musics.

Research in Drama and Theatre Studies

dramaScholarship in DTS is committed to world class research in theatre practice and performance studies. Our interdisciplinary research centre focuses on our vibrant arts practice research culture through an engagement with interdisciplinary and international performance. We encourage new ways of thinking about theatre practice, performance, dramatic arts and multimedia. Our staff members have international and interdisciplinary expertise and their research is integrated with our postgraduate community.

We host the PERFORUM seminar series and our research outputs are presented through open access on-line journals, conferences, book editing, monographs and consultancies. We have a range of international networks with other academic centers and institutions, and partnerships with the local arts and creative industries.

In addition DTS hosts the Theatre and Performance Working Group (http://theatreandperformanceucc.wordpress.com) which makes links across departments and disciplines in an informal setting to foster interdisciplinary connections and to develop new ideas and research partnerships.

School of Music and Theatre

(Riverside and City Campus), Muskerry Villas, Lancaster Quay , T12 AW97