Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the entry requirements for the Music & Media Technologies Course?

A. Stipulated specific entry requirements would include Music and an Undergraduate degree (preferably, but not necessarily, in music, engineering, or science)

Mature students (over 23, NB: you need to turn 23 on or before January 1st of the academic year you are applying for) with relevant professional experience in a related industry or field. Each applicant is assessed on an individual basis. Because of this, past and present students come from varied backgrounds and bring with them knowledge and experience from different fields.

Acceptance for the course is based on a combination of academic competence, musical/compositional ability, technological capacity and interest/enthusiasm for new music/multimedia.

Q. How do I apply for the Course?

A. See the 'How to Apply' section of our website.

Q. When is the Closing Date for Applications?

A. The closing date for applications for the academic year of 2017/2018 is 31st July 2017.

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Q. Is there an Open Day I can attend?

Yes there is a School of Engineering Graduate Studies Open Day in January each year. For more information on this please email:

Q. How many places are available on the Course? How many applications do you receive every year?

A. The number of applicants vary from year to year. On average we receive 60 applications and approximately 20 places are offered.
The application process for the Music & Media Technologies Course is a highly competitive one; we receive applications from all over the world.
A number of factors are taken into consideration when selecting the successful candidates i.e. their completed application, accompanying material and their interview etc. Each applicant is also evaluated in relation to the other applications received for that given year.

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Q. Is the course full-time or part-time and how many years does it take to complete?

A. It is either a full-time post-graduate course that runs over a single calendar year, or alternatively a part-time course over two calendar years. In order to be considered for an award of M.Phil. in Music and Media Technologies, students must satisfy the Court of Examiners by passing the taught modules of the course and by obtaining a pass on the dissertation. Where a student passes all of the taught modules and accumulates at least 60 ECTS credits but does not pass or attempt the thesis, an exit award of Postgraduate Diploma in Music and Media Technologies may be considered by the court of examiners.

Q. What are the contact hours per week?

A. The MMT year is broken into 3 semesters (2 semesters of teaching and 1 semester to complete the thesis). Each subject has a 2 hour slot per week so contact hours can average around 18-20 hours per week. Teaching starts at 10.00 and continues until 4.00pm every day. There is also a heavy assignment load, because of this some assignment deadlines may fall out of term time. Some subjects are purely assessment based, some are purely exam based and some are a combination.

Q. How much are the course fees for EU Students?

A. The fees for the academic year of 2017/18 will be €5,750. Some successful candidates also qualify for additional funding from their local authority it is however, up to the individual to look into this matter. Candidates who DO NOT have a primary degree MAY qualify for the Back To Education grant, but again this is something the individual will have to investigate for themselves.

I would recommend you access this website ( ), which gives extensive information on student grants and supports. The website provides information on the full range of student supports, including maintenance grants, the Fund for Students with disabilities, the Back to Education Allowance and the Student Assistance Fund. Here you will find information about your entitlements, and step-by-step instructions on how to apply for the grant and other support schemes.

EU status, in relation to the fees, are based on residency. A European Union Passport or citizenship (including an Irish passport or Irish citizenship) does not grant automatic entitlement to EU fees.

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Q. How much are the fees for non-EU members?

A. The fees for the coming academic year 2017/18 will be €14,500. There is an additional Students Union of Ireland fee.
Please also be aware that the fees increase by approximately 8% each academic year.
There is no funding for non-EU members for taught postgraduate courses.

Q. English is not my first language, what standard of English do I need to apply to Trinity College?

A. If an applicant's first language is not English, they must provide evidence of proficiency in English along with their application:
Minimum Requirements:
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Grade 6.5
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Grade 230 computer based
Grade 570 paper based
Cambridge Certificate of Advance English: Grade C
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade C

Q. Do I need to have a degree in Music to apply for the course?

A. If you do not have a primary degree in Music you may be required to sit a short music test. Students should be able to demonstrate some knowledge of musical notation and music theory.
It would be beneficial if applicants had Grade 5 (associated board) Music Theory at least, but this is not an absolute requirement. Music Theory and Aural Training classes are provided and are a compulsory part of the course for those who are not of sufficient standard.

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Q. Is there a requirement for applicants to be able to read and write music?

A. Each applicant is assessed on an individual basis. If the interviewers are suitably impressed with your overall abilities, but you are unable to read and write music you may still be successful. It is not absolutely necessary to be able to read and write music, but it is however highly desirable. The places on the course are limited and therefore the competition is very high, so being unable to read and write music could be a major disadvantage.
It would be good if applicants had Grade 5 Music Theory at least, but this is not an absolute requirement. Music Theory and Aural Training classes are provided and are a compulsory part of the course for those who are not of sufficient standard.
An entrance test primarily assessing aural abilities, music theory and
knowledge of contemporary music/multimedia will be scheduled for qualified applicants.

Q. Where can I find out if there are adult Music Theory Classes being run in my area? (within Ireland only)

A. I would recommend you contact The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music , Miriam Halpin (Irish Co-ordinator) tel. 01 235 0752, or Email:

Q. Can you give me some information about accommodation on campus?

A. For information on student accommodation, you will need to contact the Accommodation Office here in Trinity direct, the telephone number is + 353 1 896 2358.

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Q. What work positions have graduates of this course secured?

A. Listed below are some of the areas graduates from the course have/are working in:

The Music Industry

Web Development
Sound Engineering
Computer Programming
Music Technology Teachers/Lecturers (3rd Level)
Music Teachers/Lecturer (2nd and 3rd Level)
Hardware Engineers
Radio Producers/Presenters
TV Production
Software Development for Audio Products

You can contact the Careers Advisory Service for information on telephone number + 00 353 1 896 1721.

Q. After successfully completing the course would I be trained as a Sound Engineer?

A. The answer is yes, but the subjects covered in the course are much broader than that. However, there are specific Sound Engineering Courses ran in other places, such as

Pulse Recording Ltd
67 Pleasants Place
Dublin 8
Tel 01 478 4045

The Sound Training Centre
Sound Training College
Rory Gallagher Corner,
31 East Essex Street,
Temple Bar,
Dublin 2,
Tel 01 670 9033

Poppyhill School of Recording
Eadestown, Naas, Co. Kildare. Tel: 045 862194.

Q. What are the mathematical requirements?

A. The topics of concern would include:
Functions and Graphs
And if you choose to move into the Digital Signal Processing area you
would have to be able to deal with Complex Numbers.

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Q. Would you recommend any reading material prior to starting the course?

A. Computer Music Tutorials by Curtis Rhodes.


Q. Can you give me some general information about Trinity College?

A. For general information about the College I would recommend you consult The Trinity College Website.

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Q. Can you give me some general information about Dublin?

A. For general information about Dublin, I suggest you visit the Dublin City Council website and the TCD Life website.

Q. Where is the Music & Media Technologies Course based on Trinity Campus?

A. The easiest way to enter Trinity campus is through the main entrance opposite College Green. Go through the Front Arch, you will see straight in front of you The Campanile. Walk across Front Square and take the path way to the left of the Campanile, heading towards the row of red brick buildings, which are straight in front of you. Keep walking straight past the row of red brick buildings, and on your left there is a building that resembles a Greek Temple. Just past that building, on the left is an arch way, walk through that arch way and follow the path way along until you come to a glass front building, (the glass frames are green) this is the building known as Áras an Phiarsaigh. Take the lift to the second floor.
For additional information please access the web site address listed below, for a map of Trinity College Campus.

Click here to view a Virtual Tour of Trinity

Q. I would very much like to know more about the course content, where the major focus lies?

A. The course outline provides considerable detail on individual course/module content but there isn't one identifiable major focus. Here is some idea of the output of the course:
- computer-aided composition
- audiovisual composition
- interactive installation - audio, musical and audiovisual work
- gestural controllers for performance
- advanced audio production such as surround sound and wavefield synthesis projects.

At a broad level, the focus of the course is to encourage creative work that uses technology. This can result in artistic or technical projects. To advance artistically, there is likely to be a considerable technological component, and vice versa.

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Q. What kind of equipment would I expect to use if I was successful in securing a place on the Music & Media Technologies Course?

A. With regard to the facilities available to students, we have:
- 2 dedicated teaching labs - one containing PCs. The Diploma courses are taught in this room. The other has a mixture of PCs and Macs.
- a recording studio with digital and analogue setup, plus surround setup
- a post-production video editing and audio mastering suite
- an audiovisual testing space, setup for multichannel audio taught at the Masters level
- technical room with equipment that is loaned out for project work - e.g. microphones, cameras, lights, other audio equipment.
- use of a hall for concerts and recording - holds up to 70 people.

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