Master’s studies

Musicology - Master Programme in the Humanities 2018/2019

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The Master Programme in the Humanities, specialising in Musicology, will give you the analytical, theoretical and professional tools for a future career in many parts of the music and culture sector. Our alumni have pursued careers within academia, journalism, public service, music administration, and the music archive and library sector. The programme will give you a solid basis to pursue a further academic career in musicological research.

Why this programme?

The Master Programme in the Humanities, specialising in Musicology, runs over two academic years, but it is also possible to graduate after one academic year. The programme is designed to allow flexibility for you as a student to choose an area of specialisation with supervision and mentorship by senior academic staff. In addition to a broad array of courses in musicology and the possibility to take courses in other disciplines at the faculty, there is also the possibility to study abroad for a term.
 
To be eligible for the Master Programme in the Humanities, specialising in Musicology, you must hold a BA in Humanities or Social Sciences with at least 60 credits in Musicology, or an equivalent subject. 

Degree

The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with Musicology as the main field of study. It is also possible to graduate after one academic year with a Master of Arts (60 credits) with Musicology as the main field of study.

All specialisations of this programme

Programme

The Master Programme in the Humanities, specialising in Musicology, has a duration of two-academic years. To complete the programme you complete 75 credits worth of courses and write a master’s thesis accounting for 45 credits.
 
You may also follow a one-year programme and graduate with a Master of Arts (60 credits) with Musicology as the main field of study. To complete the one-year programme, you take four 7.5 credit courses and write a master’s thesis corresponding to 30 credits. 
 
It is mandatory to take at least one of two thematic courses covering the methods and theory of Musicology. These courses are offered in alternative years, complement each other, and can be taken independently of each other. Other courses are elective. Normally a course in music analysis is given in the spring semester, and one thematic course each in autumn and spring semesters.
 
Students have the possibility to take a work placement for five weeks (counting as 7.5 credits), after agreement with Director of Studies and the workplace in question. 
 
There is also the possibility to study abroad as part of your studies. 

Courses within the programme

Film Music Studies (7.5 credits)
 
Analysing Notated Music (7.5 credits)
 
Music and Cultural Exchange in Early Modern Times (7.5 credits)
 
Music in Cultural Theory (7.5 credits) 

Learning experience

All courses at advanced (Master’s) level at the department are worth 7.5 credits and run at 50% of a full-time study load. Teaching takes the form of seminars, lectures and continuous presentations of student assignments.
 
Courses are generally examined through active participation in seminars and submitted assignments.
 
All advanced-level courses in Musicology are given in English. It is mandatory to take at least one of two thematic courses covering methods and theory of Musicology. These courses complement each other, can be taken independently and are offered in alternative years. Other courses are optional. Normally a course in music analysis is given in the spring semester, and one thematic course each in the autumn and spring terms.
 
Students have the possibility to take a work placement for five weeks (worth 7.5 credits), after consultation with the Director of Studies and the workplace in question.  

Career

The Master Programme in the Humanities, specialising in Musicology, will give you the analytical, theoretical and professional tools for a future career in many parts of the music and culture sector.
 
After graduating, our alumni have pursued careers within academia, journalism, music media and administration, and the music archive and library sector. The programme will give you a solid basis to pursue a further academic career in musicological research.

Admissions

Musicology

120 credits

Autumn 2018 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2018-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M5070 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Requirements:
Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be within the humanities or social sciences.
Also required is 60 credits in musicology, ethnomusicology or a similar field of study.

Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. This is normally attested by an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS with the following minimum scores:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Exemptions for students from certain countries.

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies;
  • the quality of the Bachelor's thesis/degree project; and
  • a statement of purpose outlining their musicological proficiency (1-2 pages).
Special emphasis is placed on the quality of the degree project in musicology.

As full documentation of your degree project, preferably a Bachelor's thesis, is required, a paper copy must arrive no later than 1 February 2018 to:

Uppsala University
Department of Musicology
P.O. Box 633
SE-751 26 Uppsala, Sweden

Please mark your envelope 'Master Programme in the Humanities: Musicology'.

Fees:

If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000

Contact and further resources

Please contact the department of your chosen subject:

Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology studierektorAN@antro.uu.se

Telephone: +46 18 471 22 87

Department of Archaeology and Ancient History info@arkeologi.uu.se

Department of Art History (Cultural Heritage and Sustainability) info@konstvet.uu.se

Telephone: 018-471 28 87

Department of Musicology mattias.lundberg@musik.uu.se

Telephone: +46 18 471 15 84

For general information about Master's studies at Uppsala University, including information about the application process, please send an email to masterprogrammes@uu.se