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Application requirements

Acceptance for the course is based on a combination of musical/creative ability, academic record, portfolio, technological capacity, references, and interview.

Transcripts are used to document the performance of a student over a certain period of time by listing the course units or modules taken, the credits gained, and the grades awarded. The Transcript of Records provides a standard format for recording all study activities carried out by students. It is an essential tool for academic recognition. All applicants to post graduate courses in Trinity College must have a 2.1 qualification in their Undergraduate Degree. However, in exceptional cases, applicants to the MMT programme who don't fulfil this requirement but have extensive, relevant professional experience may still be considered.

Your application for the course should also include:

  • Curriculum vitae, providing information related to the course
  • Personal statement, this should take the form of a letter of introduction, addressing the reasons why you would like to do the course and why you think you are suitable.
  • At least 2 References must be submitted with all applications.

For applicants that have left College for a number of years, please submit 1 academic reference and 1 from a previous employer.

Your application should include: a portfolio/evidence of creative work. The portfolio submission IS TO BE EMAILED OR POSTED DIRECTLY TO THE MUSIC AND MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES COURSE ADDRESS, to reach us no later than the above mentioned closing date. Please submit links or hard copies to: Dr. Enda Bates, Course Director, MMT Application Portfolio, Music and Media Technologies, Stack B, Custom House Quay, IFSC, Dublin 1 or email

Please also print your name & Application Reference Number on the back of the envelope. Please note: due to the large number of applications that we receive, we are unable to return portfolio materials. If however, you would like your portfolio returned, please include a stamped-addressed envelope.

The portfolio of creative work can include up to three compositional or production examples, or any relevant materials (including, for example, reports which demonstrate technological design ability) which are evidence of creative flair.

Applicants should think of this as an opportunity to show off their creativity and ability so a diversity of work and styles is desirable. We are looking for creative and original work of any sort, not necessarily restricted to music! The portfolio may be submitted as a document with web links to online material, or on CD/DVD. In each case, please provide details of the submitted work such as track lists, program notes, etc.

Please note: for those without a music degree, formal music training is desirable, but is not essential for entry (however it is required for certain elective modules such as Contemporary Composition). Acceptance to the programme is based on the overall competencies in evidence, of which musical ability (not necessarily the same as formal training) is regarded as being critical. Students applying for the course without formal music training may wish to take independent music theory classes prior to commencing the programme, and some links are provided below.

Stipulated specific entry requirements would include musical or creative ability, an undergraduate degree and/or relevant professional experience in a related industry or field.

Additional Information:

  • More information on the programme prospectus can be found on the university's post-graduate page

Scholarships and Funding

The Aisling Carroll Scholarship

Established in 2023 in memory of Aisling Carroll by her family and friends, this scholarship (consisting of a €5,000 bursary) will be awarded annually to a candidate who is deemed a valuable addition to the M.Phil in Music and Media Technology. The scholarship is determined following the candidate’s interview and assessed holistically across their application, references, CV, personal statement, academic achievements, portfolio and interview performance.

If you would like to be considered for this scholarship, candidates should discuss this in their personal statement, outlining how and why this scholarship would benefit and support their application to the MMT programme.

Note that the closing date for applications for this scholarship for the 2024/25 academic year is May 17th, 2024.

E3 Scholarship

Prospective students applying for the Music and Media Technologies Course (MMT) can apply for an E3 Scholarship as the MMT programme is run by the School of Engineering. There are several scholarships available in full-time taught postgraduate programmes in the School of Engineering.
For further information about the scholarships, please visit here:
For more information on E3 visit here.

For information on scholarships available to postgraduate applications please visit the Trinity College postgraduate scholarship page.

Additional information regarding what a US student needs to do when applying for a Federal loan can be found on the Graduate Students' Union website.

For information on external funding please access the attached link: Student Finance Website

Music Theory Classes

  • Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Miriam Halpin (Irish Co-ordinator) tel. 01 235 0752, or Email:
  • Dublin Institute of Technology (Chatham Row, D2) run adult courses in Music Theory. The contact number is 01 402 3552.
  • Waltons (69 Sth Great Georges Street, above their shop) tel. 01 478 1884 run classes
  • The Leinster School of Music & Drama, Griffith College Campus, South Circular Road Dublin 8 Tel: 01 415 0467 or They are also an examining body and have a Theory Examinations Syllabus with levels from Preparatory to Grade 8. The application form and all syllabuses are available on their website.