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Music Performance or Composition

24 months
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The Music Performance or Composition degree offered by the University of Bergen is aimed at instrumentalists, singers and composers working with classical music or jazz. 


Key facts

The emphasis in the Music Performance or Composition degree offered by the University of Bergen is on further developing the student’s artistic profile and reinforcing the ability for professional reflection and independence. Our master’s programme offers two basic courses of study: main instrument or composition, and project work. Project work is divided into three sub-projects and allows for specialisation in one or more self-chosen topics within the student’s own performing or creative field of interest. Projects are designed to support the student’s performing/creative work by raising awareness about and reflecting on musical issues. Much leeway is given to choice of different forms of documentation, depending on the project’s particular subject matter (oral or digital presentation).

Teaching takes place in the form of individual lessons in the student’s main instrument/project, and in seminars. Seminars are founded on open, interactive group discussions and address questions related to working methods, use of sources and issues concerning relevant topics in the students’ work.

Topics can focus on such issues as interpretation, performance practice, style, musical understanding/analysis, improvisational methods, aesthetics, instrumental techniques, oral traditions, collaboration between composer and performer, the study of historical recordings, experimental exploration, cross-over projects and psychological or social issues related to musical performance and composition.

Because our master’s programme attracts many students from abroad, English is used as the main language in some group contexts. In addition to instruction by our highly qualified faculty members, Norwegian and international guests are invited to host seminars and master classes. As a master’s student, you have the opportunity to go on an exchange programme at a foreign institution, and you can apply for financial support in connection with your project and master’s exam concert. A completed master’s degree qualifies you to apply for the Artistic Research Programme.

Career opportunities

With a master degree from The Grieg Academy you are qualified to work as a freelance composer or performer, regional, orchestral or church musician, lecturer at universities/ university colleges, high schools and other educational institutions. You may also qualify for work in various voluntary music and cultural organisations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Project Work
  • Concert Performance 
  • Specialized Subject for Composers
  • Master Exam in Performance or Composition
  • Master's Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must have obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance or Composition, normally of minimum 4 years' duration.
  • Your degree must be issued by a recognized university or university college.
  • You must document your English language proficiency, see below for details.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

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  • EU/EEA

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    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.

The semester fee is NOK 590

Living costs for Bergen

10362 - 16828 NOK /month
Living costs

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



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