The Master's 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 two-year Master in Humanities specialising in Musicology, will lead to a Masters degree in Musicology. The student takes both mandatory courses and courses chosen from a wide array of topics, all taught by internationally established scholars in their respective fields. You will acquire the analytical and theoretical tools needed to understand and contribute to further knowledge of music from any period, region or culture. You will deepen your knowledge on a specialised topic by writing a thesis, under the supervision of experienced experts.
Former alumni at the programme have made careers as academic scholars, editors, music journalists, broadcasters, librarians, freelance writers and as senior administrators in the arts and music sector.
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 year with a Master of Arts (60 credits).
The Master's 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.
Courses within the programme
Course offered include:
Music in Cultural Theory
Current Perspectives in Popular Music Studies
Music, Culture and Religion in the Middle East
Music and Cultural exchange in the Early Modern Period
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 semesters.
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.
The Master's 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.
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 that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies. The minimum test scores are:
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
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 2019 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'.
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.