Diploma in Irish Music Studies

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview

Irish traditional music, song and dance are an integral part of Irish cultural life and identity. This programme provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the ways in which traditional Irish music, song and dance have contributed to the creation of identity amongst Irish communities on the island of Ireland and beyond. A practical workshop element in sean-nós singing and dancing, along with insights from literature, television and film enhances the learning experience.


Participants will gain an understanding of the ways in which Irish performers have been actively involved in imagining and re-imagining Ireland from the eighteenth century through to the present.

Key facts

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements. No previous knowledge of the Irish language or of Irish music is necessary.

Duration: 2 years, part-time

Next start date: Please contact the Programme Administrator

ECTS weighting: 30

Awards: Diploma in Irish Music Studies

Closing date: Please contact the Programme Administrator

NFQ level: 7

Course outline

Two modules are offered over the 2-year programme:
Year 1: Irish music studies 1
Topics include:
  • Transmission of Irish traditional music and dance featuring workshops in sean-nós dancing and sean-nós singing
  • Irish Roots and World Rhythms: The Journey and Influence of Irish Music 1750-2011
 Year 2 : Irish music studies 2
Topics include:
  • Negotiating Identity through Irish traditional music and dance
  • Traditional Music and Commodification: ‘The Pure Drop’ or ‘Pure Product’
Alternative modules may be offered in year 1 or year 2.

Applications and selections

Please contact the Programme Administrator


Maria McHugh

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway
T: 091 492144
F: 091 525051
E: maria.mchugh@nuigalway.ie



Find out more

Verena Commins

Centre for Irish Studies

Tel: 091 492051

Email: verena.commins@nuigalway.ie

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €970 per year
Non-EU (Total): €1,470 per year

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment - see section titled "Applications and selections" below for further details.