M.A. Arts and Culture: Musicology

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR10500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
University of Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands
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.

Description of Arts and Culture: Musicology


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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Start in 1 September: April (non-EEA: April).
Tuition fee
  • EUR 10500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1906 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

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.

English Language Requirements

Requirements for Arts and Culture: Musicology

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).

Written request: Students can apply from 1 December until 1 April by filling out the digital application form and uploading the necessary documents via the website of the Graduate School of Humanities.

Language test: IELTS: average score 7 TOEFL: score 100 Cambridge Advanced English: score A2 Cambridge Proficiency in English: score B1

Additional language requirements:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: A2
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: B1
  • IELTS overall band: 7
  • IELTS listening: 7
  • IELTS reading: 7
  • IELTS writing: 7
  • IELTS speaking: 7
  • TOEFL internet based: 100

Work Experience for Arts and Culture: Musicology

No work experience is required.

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