Utrecht University

Applied Musicology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language

About

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Applied Musicology utilizes reflective training in both current and innovative approaches in musicology, through which you will learn to apply academic musicological skills to the day-to-day challenges in a musical life.

Our Master's programme in Applied Musicology was designed in direct dialogue with top institutions within the musical infrastructure in the Netherlands and beyond; it does not discriminate between classical and popular music. The curriculum builds on knowledge and skills gained through Bachelor's programme in Musicology, with emphasis on both historical musicology and the relation of music with other media.

As a student, you will receive intensive mentoring while developing research and reflective skills relevant to questions in contemporary music production, programming, financing and participation. You will acquire additional relevant skills (for example journalistic writing skills) through classroom labs as well as coaching by professors and professionals in the field.

After Graduation
  • You will possess thorough knowledge of the field of musicology and you have an understanding of the latest developments in international discourse on musicology.
  • You will be trained in relevant skills by professionals in the field which you can implement in your future professional career.
  • You have developed research and reflective skills and how to apply these in your day-to-day life. 
  • You have acquired sophisticated knowledge in your own special interest whether within the field of musicology, and/or an interdisciplinary subject.
  • You will have experience in the professional field learned by a traineeship.

This Master's programme prepares you for the cultural professional  field. You will have developed skills which are required in your future career. It gives you opportunities in both the cultural field and in careers that require an expertise in the field of applied musicology.

Career

The Master's programme in Applied Musicology prepares professionals for a range of careers:

  • Programmer /Researcher at musical organisations
  • Editorial Board Member at broadcast institutions
  • Editor in written media
  • Manager of cultural or educational institutions
  • Programmer for festivals
  • Music Supervisor for sound recording or film companies

Accreditation

Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Current Musicology
  • Musical Infrastructure In An International Context
  • Musical Encounters And Confrontations: Postcolonial Perspectives On Music, 1600-present
  • Music And The Moving Image
  • Expanding Performance
  • Dramaturgical Practices: Theatre And Dance
  • Producing Arts In Society
  • Feminist Approaches to Art and Affect
  • Somatechnics: Bodies and Power in a Digital Age
  • Postcolonial Transitions and Transnational Justice
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

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.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score (Grade B):

    193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    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

Besides TOEFL, IELTS and CAE, also Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE - at least Grade C) is accepted as a proof of English Proficiency.

A Bachelor’s degree (equivalent of a Dutch University Bachelor’s degree) and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills:

  • You have a clear interest in Music and Musicology shown by having taken at least 60 EC of components in the field of Music or Musicology at the Bachelor's level (or equivalent).
  • You have a clear interest in (Western) music and its role within the cultural infrastructure, as well as appropriate skills in cross-medial research methods within musicology.
  • You are able to interpret and apply complex theories in the field of Musicology, as demonstrated by a seminar paper or your Bachelor's thesis.
  • You have knowledge of the methods and theories applied in the humanities at Bachelor’s level.
  • You are able to design, perform, analyze and report on scientific research in Musicology, as demonstrated by a seminar paper or your Bachelor's thesis.
  • You are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written text, as evidenced by your motivation letter and/or writing sample, and the interview that is part of the selection procedure.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15575 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15575 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

For more information about tuition fees and exemptions have a look at the programme website.

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1450 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university.  You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below, which contains some of the scholarships and loans available to international students:

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Holland Scholarships
  • Orange Tulip Scholarships
  • Canadian student loans
  • Fulbright / NAF
  • US Federal Loans
  • Erasmus+ Master loans

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