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Musicology (MA)

Course Description

Students who have completed the Bachelor's programme in Musicology at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) will have gained an in-depth knowledge of Western or World Music, acquired theoretical and practical skills and perhaps taken optional courses and a minor to familiarise themselves with other academic disciplines. The Master's programme in Musicology allows students to conduct further research in their chosen field of study, such as the music of India or the development of modern twentieth-century compositions.

Studying Musicology at the University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam's Musicology programme covers a wide range of topics, including music of the world, contemporary expressions of music, western classical music of all periods, theory of music, cognition, cultural musicology, and pop and jazz. The focus is on intercultural music(ology).

What our students say

Michiel Jongejan from the Netherlands completed the Master's programme in Musicology.

"I played classical piano since I was ten years old. I decided to study musicology in order to explore the academic side of classical music."

Accreditation and degree

Musicology is a track of the master's programme in Muziekwetenschap (Musicology in Dutch). The quality of this master's programme has been positively assessed (accredited) by the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme students will receive a legally recognised master's degree in Muziekwetenschap and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the Master's programme should have at least a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent in musicology or another relevant field. The level of the Bachelor's degree must be comparable to that of a Dutch Bachelor's degree.Admission is not necessarily limited to musicology graduates, students with a Bachelor's degree in a different field are also encouraged to apply.

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