Film Music Studies, 7.5 credits

Academic year 2022/2023

  • Autumn 2022, 50%, Campus

    Start date: 31 October 2022

    End date: 15 January 2023

    Application deadline: 19 April 2022

    Application code: UU-52905 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: All qualified applicants will be admitted.

    Registration: 1 August 2022 – 24 October 2022

Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. Proficiency in English equivalent to the general entry requirements for first-cycle (Bachelor's level) studies


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 or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 12,500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 12,500

About the course

Music has been an important component in film ever since moving images were established as an art form at the end of the 19th century. Prior to that, film music has deep roots in different traditions of opera and theatre music. In this course, we study film music as an art form, its relations to film technology, narrative, dramatic interpretation etc. This course covers methodological orientation and theoretical applications based on current literature, as well as case studies discussed in seminar form.

The material studied may vary according to case studies, including e.g. the following:

  • musical practice in the silent film period
  • composer biograph films
  • music in Ingmar Bergman's films
  • music in avant-garde films in the 1920s
  • rock musicals from the period 1960-1990
  • opera films.

More information


Department of Musicology

Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3H

Box 633, 751 26 UPPSALA

Telephone: 018-471 6865 018-471 6250

Study counsellor


Telephone: +46 18 471 68 65