Qualification : MICRO-CREDENTIAL (9)

Award Type and NFQ level : MICRO-CREDENTIAL

CAO/PAC code : MMC33

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 23 January 2024

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The musical workplace and wider arts industry requires employers and employees to engage with a broad range of writing about music, from traditional academic writing, music journalism, and publicity materials (press releases, programme notes, etc.) to broadcasting scripts, grant applications and reporting. This micro-credential course enables students with the skills required to improve their writing skills in these domains with practical writing scenarios and regular engagement with academic and industry professionals.

This course is ideal for:

• professionals in the music industry wishing to upskill or refresh their craft;

• professionals in related disciplines wishing to move laterally or broaden their knowledge;

• students and academics wanting to learn how to pitch material to the general public and how to adapt this knowledge to the needs of industry;

• interested amateur writers and musicians.

This course involves industry experts both within and outside academia and encourages students to develop closer links with external stakeholders such as The Journal of Music, Chamber Choir Ireland, Contemporary Music Centre and Arts Council Ireland through the teaching and assessment of the course. For those already in employment, the course offers an opportunity to strengthen and deepen such industrial and artistic relationships.

Applicants should hold at a minimum an honours (NFQ level 8) Bachelors degree in a relevant discipline or an equivalent international qualification. 

This course is also open to experienced professionals who do not hold a primary or higher degree but have relevant work experience with entry via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Further information on RPL can be found on the RPL website

Applicants who wish to apply via RPL must submit a completed RPL form with their application. Click the following link to access a copy of the RPL application form. Evidence of graduate-level writing ability will be requested as part of the application process for applicants without a first degree. 

Minimum English language requirements: For more information on the minimum English language requirements, please see link to Maynooth University’s Micro-credentials Entry Requirements.


The course will be delivered through eight online evening classes/seminars and two on-campus Saturday workshops.  

Participants on the course will work on written assignments culminating in the creation of a professionally relevant body of written work.

Developing writing skills about music is key to variety of roles within the wider musical world, and can open up different avenues for those already working in the music industry. The course will be highly beneficial to those looking to work in music journalism, criticism, and promotion. It will help musicians, composers and administrators develop skills in new spheres, and allow them to move to different roles within their areas. It will also help music graduates develop new skills in writing for a broader audience. It will also be of benefit to those navigating the early stages of a career, in helping them write and present their work and artistic vision to funders, promoters, and audiences.

Online application only 

PAC Code: MMC33 

Please upload the following documentation with your application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed.

  • Birth Certificate, valid passport, driver's license, or valid government issue photo id (for non-Maynooth University students) 
  • Marriage Certificate (for students who wish to register in their married name)
  • Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications (if applying with a degree or qualification in a relevant subject) 
  • Completed RPL form (if applying through RPL as a professional with relevant experience) 
  • Documented evidence of competency in the English language (if applying as a non-native speaker)
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