Department of Musicology

Aesthetics - Master Programme in the Humanities 2018/2019

Aesthetics is a discipline that unites all the branches of the Humanities, i.e. not only art (literature, music, etc.) but also philosophy, history (of ideas), etc. Our main strength lies in the way in which we use this considerable breadth to analyse questions such as: how did the concept of ‘art’ arise?; why is art so important to us as humans?; and what do we mean when we say that something has aesthetic value?  

Why this programme?

The Master Programme in the Humanities, Aesthetics, is suitable for students who have the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences.
 
The department offers several tailor-made courses (eight in total) for Master’s students in Aesthetics. In addition, you will have the opportunity to explore neighbouring disciplines through elective courses taught at other Departments. We also offer individualised reading courses where you select a particular text to study together with a teacher.
 
The teaching is led by internationally established researchers. 
 
You will be able to specialize in a series of different areas, such as the ontology of art, empirical aesthetics (including neuro-aesthetics), Greek aesthetics, artistic interpretation, nature and environmental aesthetics, film, music, poetry, visual arts, art and knowledge, philosophy of the emotions, 18th century aesthetics, etc.       
 
You can choose to study abroad for a time as part of the programme.
 
If you follow the two-year programme, you will take courses equivalent to 75 credits and write a 45-credit paper. If you follow the one-year programme, the course work will amount to 30 credits, and you will write a 30-credit paper.

Degree

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

All specialisations of this programme

Programme

For a Master of Arts (60 credits):

During the first term, we recommend that you take a theory and method course (7.5 credits).

During terms 1 and 2 you will take at least two optional courses (7.5 credits) in Aesthetics and possibly one optional course (7.5 credits) from the courses offered at advanced level at the Faculty of Arts.

In addition, you will write a degree project (30 credits). The degree project will enable you to undertake an in-depth study of an area or question which you have chosen together with your teacher/supervisor. You are free to organize your project work as you see fit, but most students choose to do the bulk of the work during the second term.  

For a Master of Arts (120 credits):

During the first term, we recommend that you take a theory and method course (7.5 credits).

During terms 1–2 you will take at least two optional courses (7.5 credits) in Aesthetics and possibly one optional course (7.5 credits) from the courses offered at advanced level at the Faculty of Arts. You can chose if or when you would like to take a reading course.

During terms 3–4 you will take at least three optional courses (7.5 credits) in Aesthetics and possibly one course (7.5 credits) from the courses offered at advanced level at the Faculty of Arts.

During the second year of the programme you will write a degree project (45 credits). The degree project will enable you to undertake an in-depth study of an area or question which you have chosen together with your teacher/supervisor. You are free to organize your project work as you see fit, but most students choose to do the bulk of the work during the second year.

Learning experience

Courses usually correspond to 7.5 credits. Some courses are intensive courses (e.g. 2 weeks) whereas others spread out the teaching more (e.g. over 5 weeks). 

The forms of examination vary from course to course, but tend primarily to be oral assessments and home exams. 

Career

A Master degree will give you an excellent foundation to continue with research not only in Aesthetics, but also in neighbouring disciplines (e.g. art history/theory, musicology, philosophy, etc.). The programme is also suitable for those who are interested in pursuing a career working with culture, art, and museums more broadly.  

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