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Higher Education in Ireland

Ireland has a reputation for excellence in education.  Our higher education (‘third-level’ education) system is similar to that of the UK and many other European countries, and Irish graduates are highly sought after. 

Bachelors degree programmes

These are undergraduate or first-degree qualifications.  All of the Conservatory’s bachelors programmes are offered with Honours (Level 8 on Ireland’s National Framework of Qualifications), and all of them last four years, except the BA in Drama (Performance) which lasts three years.  Honours qualifications are generally required for entry to postgraduate study.

Masters degree programmes

These are postgraduate qualifications (Level 9 on Ireland’s National Framework of Qualifications).  The Conservatory’s masters programmes last one year full-time or two years part-time; the MMus Opera programme (currently subject to validation) is only offered in full-time mode.  


Research programmes lead to the awards of MPhil (generally two years full-time) or PhD (generally three years full-time).  These awards are pegged at Level 10 on Ireland’s National Framework of Qualifications.   

Ireland is a member of the European Higher Education Area, established to ensure more comparable, compatible and coherent systems of higher education in Europe. 


Come to one of our Open Days - a great way to find out more about us and our exciting programmes of study!  You'll get to see and hear student performances, you'll get to talk to students and staff, and ask questions!  You'll get a real feel for what it's like to be a student at the Conservatory of Music and Drama.  

Third Level (Higher Education) Degree Programmes:  Saturday in early December each year.

Junior Music and Part-Time Adult Music programmes:  Information Desk at the Annual Music Marathon Event in Spring each year.

Dates will be announced on our "News" page.

If you'd like to find out more about our Open Days, or if you're not able to come along to one of our Open Days, email us or call us on +353 (0)1 2205031 and we'll put you in touch with someone who can give you advice about studying here.