Arts and Culture: Musicology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
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University of Amsterdam ,
The Master's in Musicology allows students the freedom to conduct research in their chosen field of study, such as the music of India or the development of modern twentieth century compositions.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The Master's in Musicology allows students the freedom to conduct research in their chosen field of study, such as the music of India or the development of modern twentieth century compositions.

The Master's programme Musicology focuses on intercultural music across a wide range of topics, including world music, contemporary expressions of music, western classical music of all periods, theory of music, cognition, cultural musicology, music theory, performance practice, pop and jazz. The programme is aimed at providing a comprehensive understanding of one particular area of musicology, and allows participating students the freedom to conduct further research in their chosen field of study, such as the music of India or the development of modern twentieth century compositions.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

Students can choose a specialisation within the master programme in Musicology by choosing courses in Western music (contemporary and/or historical), World music, Jazz, Intercultural musicology or music theory.

Programme outline

The programme yields 60 ECTS credits: three Master's courses of 10 credits each, one elective course of 10 credits and a Master's thesis of 20 credits.

The specific number of credits a student is required to obtain through coursework is determined by the admissions committee and is based on the student's previous qualifications. Fulfilment of all the requirements will take at least one year.

Core courses provide a theoretical background, while practical skills can be honed in training sessions at the Royal Tropical Institute, the Walter Maas Huis in Bilthoven (a location for all kinds of contemporary music practice) or the research institute of the Conservatory of Rotterdam.


The Master's thesis reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of two academic staff members involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser(s).

Degree requirements

Musicology is a track of the Dutch Master's programme in Muziekwetenschap (Musicology in Dutch). Students who succesfully complete this programme recieve a master's degree in Muziekwetenschap and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Credit transfer

Students who show exceptional promise during a Regular or Professional Master's programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a Research Master's programme. Once students are admitted to the Research Master's programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The examination committee determines which courses qualify for transfer.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

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Previous education: The Master’s in Musicology is open to all students with a Bachelor’s diploma from the UvA, or a recognised equivalent from another accredited university in: - Musicology The level of the Bachelor's diploma from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (to be judged by the Examinations Board).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 14700 International
  • EUR 1984 EU/EEA


Scholarships / Grants:

The University of Amsterdam:
The University of Amsterdam provides a limited number of full and partial scholarships for excellent students from outside the European Economic Area. The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships have specifically been designed to offer talented, ambitious and dedicated students the opportunity to pursue a Mast
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Following a decision by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Dutch cabinet called for the termination of the Nuffic-run HSP and Libertas Support Fund as from 01-01-2012. This has no consequences for students currently receiving a scholarship or for the current application round.
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