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Music Studies (Arts and Culture)

University of Amsterdam

12 months
11440 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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The one-year Music Studies (Arts and Culture) programme of the University of Amsterdam enables you to specialise in historical, cultural or cognitive musicology, or a combination of the three.


Music as art. Music as performance. Music as experience.

The University of Amsterdam offers a rich combination of musicological approaches with strong links to other scholarly disciplines. Functioning within the realm of the humanities, the sciences and the social sciences, the Music Studies (Arts and Culture) programme of the University of Amsterdam highlights the multifaceted ways in which music can be perceived and understood, cherishing the manifold historical, cultural and cognitive musical experiences that staff and students bring with them from many different parts of the world.

Multifaceted musicology

The Master's programme in Music Studies is unique in enabling its students to familiarise themselves with historiography, cognitive science, postcolonial theory, computation, ethnography, or philosophy, and relate or combine these intellectual frameworks in their studies of music.

Musicology of the world

The academic staff's research areas encompass a wide range of musics of the world, including musical traditions from the Middle East, European and North American art music traditions of the past two centuries, South African music, Indonesian music, and jazz worldwide.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cultural Musicology
  • Musicology of the Everyday
  • How Music Works: Computational and Cognitive Perspectives
  • Historical Analysis in Music
  • New Jazz Studies: Perspectives on Race, Gender and Class; Music Travel and Identity; Archiving Art
  • Music Cognition and Computation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from the UvA or from another accredited university in Musicology
  • The level of the Bachelor's degree from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (to be judged by the Examinations Board)
  • English language requirements

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11440 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11440 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /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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