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Musicology Master's programme

Course outline, qualifications and competences

The master’s programme Musicology is offered in cooperation with the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz. The range of courses is broad, interdisciplinary and offers many different areas of specialisation. The aim of the master’s programme Musicology is to enhance and deepen knowledge acquired in the bachelor’s programme about music in different contexts while considering cultural, social and gender-specific aspects, as well as to prepare students for their practical professions. Students have the opportunity of specialising in one or more subjects of Musicology: ethnomusicology, jazz and pop music, music in history, musical aesthetics, musical psychology and acoustics, pop, music and media culture. Students acquire the ability to tackle and analyse scientific problems using relevant methods, theories and literature, and subsequently present their findings using appropriate language. In addition, students acquire soft skills including: specialised knowledge in one or more subareas of the discipline, method-based analysis strategies and troubleshooting abilities, social competence (communication skills, team work skills and tolerance) gender competence (knowledge of gender roles and relationships, gender-sensitive/appropriate expression), cultural competence (knowledge of intercultural dialogue, and differentiated understanding of non-domestic cultures) and, last but not least, the ability to read and interpret sources from archives and musical sources.

Expected results

Graduates of the master’s programme Musicology are proficient in cultural-scientific research, argumentation and action. They are able to perform scientific work and to develop the skills acquired in musicology independently. They are able to critically reflect and present complex contents. Furthermore, they can write independent scientific papers and deal with musicological questions using relevant methods and theories.


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University degree
Master of Arts „MA“
4 semesters / 120 ECTS-CP
(CP = credit points)
Teaching language
Index number
UB 066 836
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
type of study programme
Qualification level
Master (2nd study cycle)
Appropriate bachelor’s degree or equivalent


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