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Ethnochoreology (ft), MA


Application Process is Open for the 2013/14 Academic Year

Frequently Asked Questions Apply Online


The MA in Ethnochoreology is a one-year, full-time taught programme that considers dance in its cultural context. By applying theoretical concepts developed in the Social Sciences and by testing these within the context of field research, Ethnochoreology provides an alternative approach to the study of Irish Traditional Dance, popular Dance and World Dance. This approach embraces Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Area Studies and Education in addition to other relevant areas in Dance Studies.


The aim of the course is to provide a thorough grounding in the theory of, and methods in ethnochoreology and to consider dance within its academic framework. It provides an invaluable foundation for those wishing to pursue dance research to doctorate level.

Programme Content

Semester 1
Ethnochoreology: History and Theory, Methods in Ethnochoreology, Elective module.

Semester 2
World Dance Survey, History of Irish Traditional Dance, Elective Module, Final Presentation.
Duration 1 Year

Entry Requirements 

A primary degree in a suitable discipline with first or second class honours or an approved professional qualification (Primary degree: level 8 NQAI).
An interview will be required in all cases, as well as an audition where necessary. Candidates may be required to submit additional audio visual and/or written material.


The programme is particularly beneficial for students wishing to pursue careers in the following: dance research, performance studies, media studies, dance education, and arts development.

What to include with your applicaton

  • Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
  • English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language) 
  • A one page supporting statement 
  • A copy of your birth certificate

Application Fee

An application fee will apply from January 2011 to all postgraduate programmes.  Please see Frequently Asked Questions for more information on the application fee.

Tuition Fee

The University recognises that many students are experiencing serious financial constraints in the present economic climate. Accordingly the Fees Office will endeavour to accommodate, where possible, the payment of fees via an agreed instalment payment plan. For further details please contact the Fees Office at


For academic queries on this programme contact: Dr Catherine Foley, Course Director
The Irish World Academy of Music & Dance
Tel : 353-61-202922
Fax : 00 353-61-202589
Email :



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