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Music, Interpretation Performance, MFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) ,
The Master’s Programme in Music, Interpretation Performance from the University of Gothenburg is a programme for students with a clear idea of what they wish to develop in their musicianship. A major part of the programme will be based on your own project idea and we expect that you will take responsibility for your own development.


Seminars and supervision sessions are intended to support this independent process. You will need to have a solid background in and be very familiar with one or more styles within the folk music or non-Western classical music genres (e.g., classical Arabic music or Indian classical music).

Interaction among students with highly diverse backgrounds will create an inspirational environment that stimulates creativity and innovation. We therefore encourage openness, curiosity and reflection. During course seminars you will be asked to test ideas in theory and practice together with other students studying the Folk/World Music Interpretation programme, primarily with students from the two Master’s programmes in improvisation, but also with students from other Master’s programmes.

The programme’s various subjects will help you develop written and oral skills that are ultimately intended to help you meet the demands of professional life as a musician and those of the market. The programme is intended to prepare you for your role as a freelance musician at the international level. The degree also gives qualification to apply for doctoral studies.

Programme courses: Major including main instrument, seminars, literature and scientific method, independent project

Master’s programmes taught at the Academy of Music and Drama comprise two years of full-time study. This particular programme is designed for students who already hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. The programme is given in English.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Interpretation
  • Improvisation
  • Composition
  • Music theory
  • Classical music
  • Electronic music
  • Sound Art
  • Literature and scientific method

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • 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 TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • 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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Academic Requirements

  • To meet the general entrance requirements for programme studies at the Master's level, you must have graduated from an accredited university with a degree equivalent to at least a Swedish Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS).
  • Please note that you must provide adequate supporting  documentation in the form of diplomas or official transcripts specifying all courses completed, including any transferred credits from previous schools, both in the original language and translated into English, German, French or any of the Nordic languages by an official translator.

Tuition Fee

  • Please contact the department.
  • Application and tuition fees do not apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students.

Living costs for Göteborg

  • 7552 - 13940 SEK/month
    Living Costs

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