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Music, BMus

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #301 (WUR) Maynooth, Ireland
Our bachelor degree in Music at the Maynooth University is an exciting and varied programme of practical, compositional and academic work.
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Studying Music at Maynooth University offers unparalleled choice and expertise. Our programmes are designed to ensure a broad and firm grounding in practical, compositional and academic work, with expanded opportunities to specialise in areas that really interest you the most in your final year.

In your third year, you have the option to specialise in performance, composition or musicology. Some of the modules available include ‘Jazz Styles in the USA’, ‘Music and Entrepreneurship’, ‘Opera in Context’ and ‘Music and Identity’. Students also join ensembles such as the Chamber Choir, Maynooth University Orchestra and the Traditional Music Ensemble.

Develop your creative potential through studies of electroacoustic composition, Irish traditional music, ethnomusicology, jazz and popular music, music therapy, the classical repertoire.

Career Option

  • Music teacher, choral director, church organist/director of music, music librarian, orchestral/session musician, composer/arranger;
  • Arts administration, multimedia, music industry, music journalism, music publicity and recording, radio production and presentation;
  • Management consultancy and information technology.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Creativity And Technique
  • Music Studies 
  • Music Traditions And Repertoires 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • A mature student is 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time degrees the mature age is 21. BMus applicants are invited to a Music Entrance Test on March 28 2020. Candidates are shortlisted for interview and audition in early May on the basis of the Entrance Test.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate, at audition, a minimum of Grade 6 standard (ABRSM, RIAM, Trinity College London) on a standard orchestral instrument (excluding percussion), piano, organ, classical guitar, voice or saxophone, or a minimum of Grade 6 standard (Rockschool, Trinity College London) on bass, drums, vocals, keyboard or guitar (electric or acoustic). 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3415 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3415 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Maynooth

  • 650 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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