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The Musicology programme offered by Utrecht University will train you in advanced research while giving you academic insight into the theoretical and artistic principles underpinning music across history and cultures. You will also investigate the contextual circumstances influencing the production, distribution, and reception of music.

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Overview

Study music in depth

The Musicology  programme offered by  Utrecht University  aims to innovate, while at the same time retaining its links to the traditional musicological research fostered at the University over the past 85 years.

Western music from the Middle Ages to the present; Music and Media

The Musicology programme at Utrecht University focuses on Western music from the Middle Ages to the present, the impact of media on the reception and conceptualisation of music, and digital musicology. Interdisciplinary work is central to the programme, and there are particularly strong links with Medieval and Renaissance Studies, New Media & Digital Culture, Gender Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Computational Humanities, as well as Game Research.

Hallmarks of Research

Our current research focuses on late medieval music from the 13th to the early 15th centuries, Renaissance Franco-Flemish polyphony, music and migration, Baroque opera, Dutch music since the 17th century, music and its epistemologies from the late 18th century to the present, 20th-and 21st-century art and popular music, the complex relationship between music and politics, the interaction between music and media, and the impact of digital research tools on musicology. This research is firmly imbedded within the taught components of this programme, which are further enhanced by guest lectures and master classes led by international experts.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the programme are equipped to operate in the international field of musicology and, in particular, the field of their research specialism. They often continue their studies at doctoral level and subsequently pursue careers in academic teaching and research. 

Graduates who do not wish to pursue doctoral studies have found employment in museums, libraries, archives, publishing houses, and as teachers or freelance consultants in the cultural sector.

After successfully completing the Research Master's programme in Musicology, you will be able to formulate a PhD research proposal on a particular aspect of musicology. You will have a clear idea of the positioning of your own research within the context of international musicological research.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Humanities Today
  • Current Musicology 
  • Perspectives on Music Historiography
  • Musical Encounters and Confrontations: Postcolonial Perspectives on Music, 1600-present
  • Elective Rma Musicology 
  • Research Design for Musicologists 
  • Digital Humanities: Applications for Musicologists 
  • Singing of Heaven and Earth 
  • Digital Music Cultures

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English

Credits

120 ECTS

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
93
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5

Other requirements

General requirements

You will be considered for admission to the Research Master's programme Musicology if you have a Bachelor’s diploma from a Dutch university (or international equivalent) and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight and skills:

  • You have a strong interest in Musicology as demonstrated by your prior academic record and/or explained in your letter of motivation.
  • 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 with a grade above average.
  • You have above-average knowledge of the methods and theories applied more widely in the Humanities at Bachelor’s level.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17078 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17078 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

Funding

Utrecht University, the Dutch Government and other organisations offer scholarships, fellowships and grants. Below is a list of the scholarships that are most often used by international students studying in Utrecht. Note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Bright Minds Fellowships
  • Holland Scholarship
  • Orange Tulip Scholarship - for Chinese students only
  • Utrecht Sylff Scholarships - for outstanding graduates from University College Utrecht and Economics and Business Economics (UU)
  • Student grant and loan system
  • Tuition fee loan
  • Erasmus+ Master loans
  • Canadian student loans
  • US Federal Loans

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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