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Musicology at the School of Creative Arts, University of Ulster

Musicological study and research at the University of Ulster is represented across a broad range of subjects and genres reflecting the unique diversity of today’s musical landscape. Areas of expertise among our staff cohort include Irish traditional music, ethnomusicology, jazz, popular music, music and moving image, musical theatre, opera studies and sound.


Musicology at Magee incorporates historical study, research, analysis, criticism, philosophy and music theory. Musicological study at the University is enhanced by excellent library facilities, including an extensive selection of recordings and DVDs and a programme of regular research seminars in music and the Creative Arts as a whole. In addition, the University has hosted a number of public research events, most notably the Society for Musicology in Ireland annual conference in 2010.


Musicology is a compulsory requirement of the undergraduate programme. Year 1 provides an introduction to Popular Musicology, Ethnomusicology and the history of Western Art music as well as the study skills of musicological research. In year 2, students cover four case study areas including Romantic Piano Music, Irish Traditional Music, Debussy & Webern and Experimental Music.


Students may also choose from a number of optional musicology modules offered in year 2 and 3. These include two modules in Irish traditional music, African-American Popular Music, Music in Theatre, Jazz and a module on Sound theory and practice. Students also have the opportunity to embark on a research project over one or two semesters on an approved topic of their choice in year 3.


MMus students may opt to take Musicology as their specialism as part of their Masters course. Students may focus on any one or more areas of musicological study and receive individual supervision from a member of the music staff for their project work. In addition, an optional module in Research Methods provides an important resource in terms of acquiring and developing knowledge in the techniques and theoretical bases of historical, musicological and ethnomusicological research.


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