Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN500 (Joint Honours)
CAO Points Range 2016: 310 - 575
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 70

Leaving Certificate:

Passes in six subjects including English, Irish, a third language & three other recognised subjects.

You must obtain a minimum of Grade H5 in two subjects and a minimum of Grade O6/H7 in the remaining four subjects.

Special Entry Recommendation: In order to study Music, we strongly recommend that you have at least a Grade H4 in Leaving Certificate Music, or that you have the equivalent of Grade 5 ABRSM Music Theory.

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Choosing Music

Music can be taken as part of a Joint Honours degree (DN500).

Review the subjects you can study by looking at the diagram here.

Students who wish to transfer to a pure music degree, after completing the first year of the BA, may apply to transfer to the single subject BMus, subject to meeting the entry requirements of that course. Alternatively, following completion of the BA you may add a BMus degree to your BA by completing a further year.

Why is this course for me?

Music is a universal form of expression, one that captures our imagination in countless ways. In UCD, we equip students with the skills necessary to understand a wide variety of musical practices. Study music in UCD if you love performing, listening to, and talking about music. Develop your musicianship through both theory and performance. Deepen your knowledge of musical history and cultures. Analyse the important role music plays in contemporary life. Learn how to research and write about specific musical genres and topics. Find out why music is such a central part of being human..

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Music graduates can pursue careers in:

  • The Music Industry
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Arts Administration
  • Music Education
  • Academia
  • Performance
  • Music Therapy

Graduates often take their study further, through graduate studies. The UCD School of Music offers a Master in Musicology [pathways in musicology and ethnomusicology], MLitt, and PhD.

What Will I Study

First Year

  • Introduction to Music: Writing and Listening
  • Music, Culture & Society
  • Music Theory and Musicianship
  • Performance Ensemble Electives

Second & Third Year

  • Music History
  • Music Theory and Musicianship
  • Formal Analysis
  • Musics of the World
  • Irish Music
  • Baroque Counterpoint
  • The Orchestra
  • Blues and Jazz
  • Harmony and Keyboard Harmony
  • Musical Traditions of India
  • Music of the Renaissance
  • Performance Ensemble Electives

Music is taught in lectures, seminars,tutorials, ensemble rehearsals, and through independent study and practice. Students are assessed through a mixture of end-of-semester exams, continuous assessment,dissertations, recitals, and concerts.

There are four professionally-directed ensembles in UCD that can be taken for credit: the UCD Choral Scholars; the UCD Gamelan Ensemble; the UCD Philharmonic Choir, and the UCD Symphony Orchestra. Auditions for our performing ensembles take place during the first two weeks of the semester.

For detailed information on subject content click the relevant link below:
First Year
Second – Third Year (Joint Honours)

International Study Opportunities

The UCD School of Music operates Erasmus exchange programmes with universities in:

  • Munich
  • Prague
  • Rouen

Non-EU exchange opportunities include:

  • Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada
  • Waseda University, Japan
  • University of California, Los Angeles.

Performance Scholarships

The School of Music offers over forty performance scholarships each academic year. Details on criteria and auditions for these scholarships can be found on our website.


“I was a member of the Philharmonic Choir and the Gamelan Orchestra, both of which I immensely enjoyed. You are presented with numerous opportunities that will boost your musical resumé, not to mention the chance to perform in venues like Christ Church Cathedral and the National Concert Hall. The ensembles are all about developing musicianship and responsibilities as an ensemble member. Students are encouraged to create improvisation groups, and even compose new music. By the time you graduate you will have acquired a skill set and knowledge base that is entirely unique to UCD.”

Anika Babel, Graduate