Musicology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    15000
    Tuition (Year)
    2006
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #65 ,
The Research Master’s in Musicology at Utrecht University will train you in advanced research while giving you academic insight into the theoretical and artistic principles underpinning music across history and cultures. You will also investigate the contextual circumstances influencing the production, distribution, and reception of music.
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About

Western Music from the Middle Ages to the Present; Music and Media

The Musicology programme at Utrecht University focuses on Western music from the Middle Ages to the present, the impact of media on the reception and conceptualisation of music, and digital musicology. Interdisciplinary work is central to the programme, and there are particularly strong links with Medieval and Renaissance Studies, New Media & Digital Culture, Gender Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Computational Humanities, as well as Game Research, the focus area Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights, and the strategic theme Institutions. This programme aims to innovate, while at the same time retaining its links to the traditional musicological research fostered at the University over the past 85 years.

Hallmarks of Research

Our current research focuses on late medieval music from the 13th to the early 15th centuries, Renaissance Franco-Flemish polyphony, Dutch music since the 17th century, music and its epistemologies from the late 18th century to the present, 20th-and 21st-century art and popular music, the evolution of music within colonial and post-colonial settings, the interaction between music and media, in particular film and digital media, and the impact of digital research tools on musicology. This research is firmly imbedded within the taught components of this programme, which are further enhanced by guest lectures and master classes led by international experts.

After graduation
  • You will possess thorough knowledge of the field of musicology.
  • You have acquired sophisticated knowledge of a research specialism, either within the field of musicology, and/or an interdisciplinary subject.
  • You are equiped with the academic and professional skills needed to identify, define, analyse, and solve research problems.
  • You have learned to conduct independent research in the field of musicology and to report on this research at an advanced level.
Academic career

This programme will give you the specialist knowledge, insight and skills necessary to pursue further study at PhD level or a career as a researcher. Many alumni pursue academic careersin international musicological research.

Accreditation

  • Accredited by the NVAO

Programme Structure

Courses:
  • Humanities today (compulsory)
  • Current musicology (compulsory)
  • Perspectives on music historiography (compulsory)
  • Musical encounters and confrontations: postcolonial perspectives on music, 1600-present (compulsory)
  • Music and the moving image (compulsory)
  • Research design for musicologists (compulsory)
  • Digital humanities: applications for musicologists (compulsory)
  • Singing of heaven and earth (compulsory)
  • Digital music cultures (compulsory)
  • Research school I (compulsory)
  • Research school II (compulsory)
  • Cultural institutions: an interdisciplinary seminar
  • Computional musicology
  • Tutorial RMA musicology I
  • Tutorial RMA musicology II
  • Elective RMA musicology I
  • Elective RMA musicology II
  • Thesis RMA musicology (compulsory)
  • Internship RMA musicology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B): 193

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    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 93

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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Pay the €100 application fee

Submit the following documents:
  • Your passport copy
  • A scan of your original diploma
OR
  • a completed and stamped ‘Proof of Anticipated Degree’ Form
  • A scan of your orignal transcript
  • Official translations of your diploma and transcript (if documents are not in Dutch, English, French, German or Spanish)
  • Proof of your proficiency in English
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Your motivation letter
  • Two reference letters

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15000 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

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