Music (MMus), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
From a craftsman to a unique professional. You have explored, developed and gotten to know your talent during the bachelor program. During the Music (MMus) master at the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, you will develop yourself into a professional with a strong and clear identity.


The Music (MMus) programme offers you two pathways from which you can choose.

The MMus Performance Pathway at the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht distinguishes itself by focusing on your personal development into a professional with a strong identity. You will make your own study plan and get the space to experiment and investigate. A mentor and teachers will provide personal supervision. You will also do an internship, practice-oriented research and participate in projects, artist-in-residences, workshops, clinics, and masterclasses. You will analyse all these activities and reflect on context, process, and final product. This allows you to develop a personal professional and artistic vision.

Two specialisations

You will choose one of the two specialisations: Performing Musician for the Stages (PMS) or Performing Musician in Applied Contexts (PMAC). PMS focuses on performing music on various stages. From pop concerts and opera, to chamber music and intimate solo performances. The PMAC specialisation examines the application of your musicianship in other contexts such as a teacher, entrepreneur, or producer. A combination of the two specialisations is also possible.

The Master of Music, pathway Music Design (MMus) gives you the opportunity to develop further as an instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, producer, sound designer or music technologist.

The Music Design pathway is divided into the following four strands: Composition, Music Production, Music Technology and Sound Design. You can take this pathway if you have passed a Bachelor’s course in composition, music production, music technology or sound design, or have a Bachelor’s certificate in a similar subject.
Why this course?
  • Personal study plan
  • Personal supervision by tutor/supervisor and teachers
  • (Practice-oriented) research
  • Contacts with the professional field: venues, music organisations, etc.
  • Training in business and organisational skills
  • Masterclasses and clinics
  • Participation in projects
  • Practice-oriented internship
  • Multidisciplinary projects, in collaboration with animation, modern dance, theatre, film, games, visual art, etc.
  • Artist-in-residence projects
  • Collaboration with the Music Design professorship: presentations, congresses and symposia

Programme Structure

Master of Music, Performance
What will you learn?

It's up to you. What do you want to learn and achieve in the two years? You will write a plan in consultation with your mentor and main subject teacher. You will compile a curriculum based on your plans and ambitions. From being trained in business or organisational skills, stage presentation, and coaching in reflection and research, to main subject lessons, masterclasses, clinics, ensemble coaching and other group lessons. You can also take courses at other HKU schools such as Art and Economics or Music and Technology, or even at another educational organisation altogether.

Master of Music, Music Design
Study plan

As a student, you are expected to have an independent attitude and working method, which will continually be tested on a clear and well-founded vision of the future. You have described this vision of the future – your own focus on and vision of your future professional practice – in your study plan.

The study programme consists of individual lessons, group lessons, ensemble coaching and subjects in preparation for the profession. In the research project, you will focus on a specific subject, either individually or in cooperation with other students.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: 1 september 2015
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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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    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

Academic Requirements

MMus Performance Pathway

Admission procedure

Following your application in Studielink, you need to send:

  • your curriculum vitae,
  • results of your Toefl- of Ielts-test, and
  • letter of motivation in which you indicate your study goals; i.e. what exactly you want to achieve with the Master of Music course.


During the entrance exam you will need to demonstrate your work, your experience and your talent. You will receive information regarding the exact procedure with the invitation for your entrance exam.

The intake session comprises an audition which, when results are positive, will be followed by an interview. For this audition, the admission committee will expect you to prepare a programme of around one hour, with four or five compositions from various style periods. During the audition, you will perform pieces from this programme for approximately twenty minutes.

For HKU music students, the final bachelor’s exam in your main subject will count as the audition for the Master of Music.

Exam fee

You will be charged an entrance examination fee of € 42,50 per main subject (trumpet and piano is therefore 2 x € 42,50)
MMus Music Design Pathway

Admission procedure

Following your application in Studielink, you need to send us your:

  • portfolio of your work,
  • first version of your MMus Plan (see below),
  • letter of motivation, and
  • results of your Toefl- of Ielts-test.
Admission requirements
  • Candidates are required to possess a BMus with Honours (or its equivalent national diploma) and to have relevant project and teamwork experience.
  • Or to possess a master degree (or its equivalent national diploma) in composition, sound design, music production or music technology and to have relevant project and teamwork experience.
  • In exceptional circumstances, candidates may be admitted who lack formal academic qualifications but who can demonstrate an equivalent level of intellectual and creative achievement gained in the course of a professional career.

Entry Interview

Candidates will be invited to attend an entry interview precedeed by an introduction meeting.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1984 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1984 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1984 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1984 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Hilversum

  • 780 - 1160 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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