Master of Music (Conducting) with Honours (DT9032/DT543/DT586)

MMus Student Handbook 2017-18

The programme specifically tailored to the needs of aspiring conductors.  Based in the Conservatory of Music and Drama, which has a long tradition in the provision of performing arts education, the programme aims to facilitate the artistic, intellectual and creative development of students by providing an integrated and structured programme with performance experience in a wide range of solo and ensemble contexts, underpinned by complementary academic, research and professional studies.

Programme Title and Award

Master of Music (Conducting) MMus (Conducting) with Classifications of: First Class Honours; Second Class Honours, Upper Division; Second Class Honours, Lower Division

An exit award of Postgraduate Diploma in Music (Conducting) may be conferred upon a candidate completing 60 ECTS. 

Programme Aims

The programme aims to provide a postgraduate qualification in performance for:

  • applicants who have already completed an undergraduate degree in music with a high level of performance and aspire towards a professional career in performance
  • applicants who have professional performing experience and wish to pursue further study in their chosen area

The programme is designed to: 

  • refine and develop individual performance artistry as a conductor in a wide range of solo and ensemble contexts.
  • develop creative skills and professional attitudes to enable engagement and collaboration in the music-making process to meet the demands of the performing profession at the highest levels.
  • integrate professional level performance studies with the development of advanced skills in analytical and research skills, critical reflection and communication, with particular emphasis on performance practice.
  • provide a programme of study tailored to the needs of the individual student, with supporting specialist modules of professional relevance and career preparation.

Entry Requirements 

Applicants will normally have:

  • an honours degree (minimum 2.2) in music performance, or
  • an honours degree in music (minimum 2.2) with a strong specialism in performance, or
  • an equivalent qualification and have demonstrated the necessary performing potential or be of equivalent professional standing   

Equivalency for international degrees will only be checked on submission of an application.

Applicants should submit the following along with the application:

  • CV with details of your performing experience (repertoire and performances) musical training and other relevant experience/education
  • Statement of Purpose outlining your aims and objectives for undertaking postgraduate study in music performance
  • A recent example of academic writing in music, for example, an academic essay or scholarly programme notes
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Two references relating to your music experience, preferably one from your most recent teacher and one from an industry professional. 

In addition to general MMus (Performance) entrance requirements, conducting applicants are asked to submit the following materials directly to the MMus Programme Chair:

  • An independently verified high quality DVD/mp3 file DVD with recent recordings of conducting in concert and rehearsal contexts from the orchestra/choir’s viewpoint
  • Two references relating to your conducting experience

Please note, that only eligible candidates will be called to audition and interview. Places on the MMus (Conducting) pathway are limited to 2 students per year.  

Programme Delivery Pathways

Two pathways have been introduced to the programme to meet the demands of two different student profiles. The two-year full-time programme will be the main progression route from undergraduate programmes in performance.  The Advanced Entry pathway is designed for established professional musicians who wish to accredit and reflect upon their practice.

Standard Pathway

  • DT9032: Full Time - 2 Years, September to June each year (120ECTS)

Advanced Entry Pathway

  • DT543: Full Time - 1 Year, September to September (90ECTS).
  • DT586 Part Time - 2 Years, September to June each year (90ECTS).

Please note that all applicants apply to the programme on the Standard Pathway (Programme Code DT9032).  Admission to the Advanced Entry Pathway is only confirmed after the audition/interview.  


Suitable applicants will be invited to the Conservatory to undertake an audition and interview. 


See current POSTGRADUATE FEES for further details.  

Please refer to the appropriate programme code: 
DT9032 Standard Pathway: Full Time - 2 Years (120ECTS) 
DT543 Advanced Entry Pathway: Full Time - 1 Year (90ECTS) 
DT586 Advanced Entry Pathway:  Part Time - 2 Years (90ECTS)

Course Content

The structure of the programme has been redesigned around 4 main elements: Performance Studies, Research Studies, Discipline Specific Skills and Employability Skills.  However, the integration of the knowledge, understanding and competencies of these elements is central to the ethos of the programme. 

See current MMus Student Handbook 2017-18 for further details.

For Further Information

Dr Cliona Doris
M.Mus. Programme Chair
Conservatory of Music and Drama 
College of Arts and Tourism
DIT Rathmines Road, Dublin 6