M.A. Music, Theory

University of Gothenburg

Application deadline: 15 Jan
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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By mounting the Theory track you will advance in the study of related literature, arts, aesthetics, and the history of ideas throughout Western music. The programme aims at imparting an understanding of the relations between music and philosophy in various societies.

You will attain knowledge of musical works and related theories for their performance and also expand around the principles for tonal and modal harmony combined with global and historical perspectives on rhythm.

The Master programme at the Academy of Music and Drama runs through two years at advanced level. It aims at students who already have a Bachelor s degree or comparable knowledge on 180 higher education credits (three years studies in higher education).


The contents of the programme are governed to a great extent by the focus and perspective you choose yourself. The artistic questions you raise will characterize the different courses and the individualized teaching will be adapted to your own development.

Musical performances, for instance in the form of concerts, will be integrated with the independent project you write.

You will be able to learn about research methodologies and will extend your practical knowledge about music. This will enable you to undertake projects involving musical performances with greater experience and with added insights into different practical and theoretical methods.


This is a two year fulltime programme. You will be provided with one teacher for your major subject and one tutor. All students will at the same time be offered scope for joint discussions based on the different performance projects.


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Selection of eligible applicants is based upon upon assessments of submitted portfolios. All applicants are also requested to send in a Proposal for Master independent project on minimum three (3) A4 pages: Title of project, problem statement, method for artistic and/or scientific development/research, and references to related projects. The proposal should be submitted not later than February 1.

If you apply to more than one track you are obliged to send in one proposal for each orientation.

You apply at but send the proposal and other material like scores, CD and DVD directly to the Academy of Music and Drama. Please mark the envelope Master Theory . Address: Högskolan för scen och musik, Box 210, SE-405 30 Göteborg.

If the jury find it necessary, interviews will be held at the Academy of Music and Drama, and the applicants might be requested to come to Göteborg.


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