An interdisciplinary programme

The Master Programme in Musicology prepares you for a career as a researcher.

Grants for masters students


Master's programme in Musicology

This programme gives you a broad basis for pursuing a research career in musicology or for other professional opportunities in the field of music, combining up-to-date theoretical perspectives with solid methodological skills. It provides you with analytical tools for understanding the function of music and musical cultures in present and past societies. You can choose to specialise in different sub-disciplines, such as historical musicology, ethnomusicology or popular music studies. With a focus on theoretical and methodological developments in the humanities, as well as on more practical skills and competences pertinent to professional careers, you will graduate with a Master of Arts, specialising in the discipline of musicology.


A bachelor degree, equivalent to a Swedish degree of at least 180 ECTS credits (i.e. three years of full time studies), in humanities or social sciences with at least 60 ECTS credits in musicology, ethnomusicology, or an equivalent foreign degree. Proof of skills in English to a level corresponding to English B in the Swedish upper secondary school. This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test with the following minimum scores:

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


Applying for the Master programme in the Humanities is a two-step process. First, you need to submit your application for the programme via the Swedish higher education application agency (type Master programme in the Humanities in the search box). After that, you have to submit a proof of eligibility for the specific pathway (i.e. Musicology). These documents should be sent to the department (see below). For more information on the deadlines for application, proof of eligibility submission and payment of the tuition fee, please refer to the Uppsala University Master Programme information page.


Selection will be based on a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies. Special emphasis is placed on the quality of the degree project in musicology or equivalent. As full documentation of your degree project, preferably a Bachelor's thesis, a paper copy is required. A statement of intent outlining your musicological proficiency (2 pages maximum) is also requested. The documentation must arrive in the hands of the programme coordinator by the start of February (for exact date, see the master programme page linked above).

Write the following in the address field of the envelope: "Text for application to Master Programme of Humanities: Musicology". Send your documents to: Uppsala University, Department of Musicology, P.O. Box 633 SE-751 26 Uppsala, Sweden.


For citizens of countries outside of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, application and tuition fees are required. Read more about fees.

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50 000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200 000

If you wish to know how much this corresponds to in your own currency, see for example

For further questions or more information, please don't hesitate to contact Professor Mattias Lundberg, Director of Graduate studies, by email:

Grants for masters students

Each semester, the Department of Musicology announces an application round for smaller grants (ca. 5.000 to 10.000 SEK) open to students enrolled in the Master in Humanities programme with musicology as their main topic. The grants are intended to meet costs in relation to fieldwork, travels to archives, repro costs, participation in conferences or similar activities related to the academic work of the student.

Submitted applications are considered continuously, but deadline for applying for grants to be used during the spring semesters is March 15, and for autumn semesters October, 15.     

Applications should be sent to:

Mattias Lundberg
Dept. of Musicology
Uppsala University
Box 633
751 26 UPPSALA

Applications should be submitted as Word or PDF documents where the applicant states in no more than two pages

  • the sum applied for
  • the purpose of the grant, if awarded
  • a budget over the costs
Last modified: 2023-01-25