Study music in depth
The Musicology programme at 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.
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.
Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.
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- Humanities Today
- Current Musicology
- Perspectives on Music Historiography
- Musical Encounters and Confrontations: Postcolonial Perspectives on Music, 1600-present
- Digital Humanities: Applications For Musicologists
- Research Design for Musicologists
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- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesMusic Musicology Liberal Arts View 7 other Masters in Musicology in Netherlands
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
This is a selective Master's. 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 have a strong motivation to acquire advanced training in academic research in Musicology, which is elaborated convincingly in your motivation letter.
- You are able to interpret and apply complex theories in the field of Musicology and/or the wider Humanities, as demonstrated by a sample of academic writing (for example, 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.
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International17500 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 17500 EUR per year during 24 months.
EU/EEA2209 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.
Living costs for Utrecht
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.