Postgraduate Programmes 
in Performance, Composition, Music Education and Musicology

Masters degree programmes

These are postgraduate qualifications (Level 9 on Ireland’s National Framework of Qualifications).  The Conservatoire’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. 

TU Dublin Conservatoire has a long tradition in the provision of performing arts education and artistic research, and its postgraduate programmes foster artistic, intellectual and creative development in performance, composition, pedagogy and musicology.

The Conservatoire is home to The Research Foundation for Music in Irelandwhich promotes the dynamic musical life of Ireland. Given the centrality of music to Ireland’s culture, the Research Foundation advances the study and performance of music in Ireland to national and international audiences, to the scholarly community and to the music industry.

Students also benefit from being part of TU Dublin’s large research community through the Graduate Research School and collaborate with fellow artistic researchers at GradCAM: Graduate School for the Creative Arts and Media. 


Each student follows an individual practice-based artistic and research path, mentored by distinguished lecturers. The programmes are designed to ensure that graduates are well suited for careers in music performance, composition, music education, creative and cultural industries, as well as in academia and research.