Musicology - Master's Programme in the Humanities 2020/2021

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The Master's Programme in the Humanities, specialising in Musicology, will give make you well-equipped for a future career in musicology as well as in other parts of the music and culture sector. Drawing on current perspectives from different fields of musicology, special emphasis is placed on research skills that are applicable on a wide array of music-related topics.

Why this programme?

The Master's programme is developed in order to give a strong and broad competence in the scholarly study of music and music-related phenomena in all its forms. You will acquire and develop precision of analysis of music both in audible forms, as preserved in musical notation, as of writings concerning music.

You will deepen your knowledge on a specialised topic by writing a thesis, under the supervision of experienced experts. As a student in the programme you will take both mandatory courses and courses chosen from a wide array of topics. Our alumni have pursued careers as doctoral students, other work within academia, journalism, public service, music administration, and the music archive and library 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).

All specialisations of this programme


The Master's Programme in the Humanities, specialising in Musicology, has a duration of two academic years. To graduate from the programme you must complete 75 credits worth of courses and write a Master's thesis accounting for 45 credits. The modules take place in form of lectures and seminars during the four periods of the academic terms (two periods on the autumn term, two in the spring term). 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 must take four 7.5 credit courses and write a Master's thesis corresponding to 30 credits.

Courses within the programme

Historical Musicology (7,5 hp)
Analysing notated music (7,5 hp)
Analysing Music without a Score (7,5 hp)
Music in Cultural Theory (7,5 hp)
Current Perspectives in Popular Music Studies (7,5 hp)
Music, Culture and Religion in the Middle East (7,5 hp)
Ethnomusicological perspectives (7,5 hp)
Master thesis proposal (7,5 hp)
Aesthetics of Music (7,5 hp)
Film music studies (7,5 hp)
Music and Cultural exchange in the Early Modern Period (7,5 hp
Internship (7,5 hp)

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 elective. 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.

Career support
During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Read more about UU Careers.


A full documentation of your degree project, preferably a Bachelor's thesis, is required. Please send a paper copy directly to the department. The deadline for receipt of all supporting documents is 3 February 2020:
Uppsala University
Department of Musicology
P.O. Box 633
SE-751 26 Uppsala, Sweden

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


120 credits

Autumn 2020 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2020-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M5070 Application

Language of Instruction: English

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
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements

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.
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.


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


Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology: Claudia Merli

+46 18 471 22 83

Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Archeology, Egyptology

Gender Studies: Jacob Bull

+46 18 471 57 98

Cultural Heritage and Sustainability: Gustaf Leijonhufvud

+46 18 471 28 87

Musicology: Mattias Lundberg

+46 18 471 15 84

Philosophy: Pauliina Remes

Aesthetics: Elisabeth Schellekens Dammann

For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team:

For information and over-arching questions regarding the Master programme in the Humanities, please contact programme coordinator Molly Sundberg

Contact the respective department for information about your chosen specialisation.