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Arts - Studies in Music, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #286 (QS) Cork, Ireland
Arts - Studies in Music course offered at University College Cork is a broad introduction to the study of music as part of human society; it makes available Modules about music from all over the world and in many periods of history. 
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The Arts - Studies in Music course offered at University College Cork embraces historical, sociological, ethnographic, political and educational approaches, among others, and will enable you to develop your knowledge in key areas of modern music studies.

You will develop an understanding of how music works as a part of human culture in varied settings. This understanding will help you understand people and their musical behaviours and preferences. You will learn to reflect critically on the roles and uses of music as an expressive device in a range of environments, historical and present-day. You will be positioned to contribute directly to future cultural and economic development, for instance by writing insightfully about music’s connections to other fields of activity, such as digital media, language, literature, governmental policy, religious practice or educational development.

You will complete courses that examine music from humanistic and cultural perspectives, that enhance critical thinking and communication skills and that develop an understanding of the main modern fields of music studies.


Today’s market requires graduates whose education has equipped them to be flexible, innovative and imaginative, and the BA degree equips students with these skills. Many graduates go directly into employment in areas such as:

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3 or 4 years

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Exploring Irish Traditional Music
  • Music in Modern Ireland
  • Western Music, Culture and Media
  • ITM Studies and Introduction to World Music 
  • Sound and the Moving Image
  • Musical Cultures of East Asia
  • Global Sounds: World Music in the 21st Century
  • Latin American Music

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • 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.

General Requirements

  • Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. 
  • In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12500 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2685 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2685 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Cork

  • 860 - 1400 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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