School of Music, Theatre and Art

Masters in Musicology: Music and Human Beings

Why should I study a Master's in Musicology at Örebro University?

This program is unique in its interdisciplinary focus. The program combines perspectives from sociology, psychology, philosophy, pedagogy and musicology to provide an in-depth perspective on people's relationship to music. You will be taught by experts and teachers who have researched music from different disciplinary and methodological perspectives. The program will give you as a student a broad knowledge base and skills that are relevant to several different research courses and other public and private sector professions.

What is the aim of the Master's Program in Musicology?

The program aims to equip you as a student with the most important practical and theoretical skills to solve critical, complex questions about people’s music habits, tastes and engagement. You will do this by learning to use different methods and critically analyzing research on music from different perspectives.  

What can I do with a Master's in musicology?

The program is a preparation for postgraduate education. However because we are focused on interdisciplinary music research, this means that we teach the application of different methods to study and solve different research and scientific problems which are relevant for careers outside of academia.  The program is also suitable particularly for those of you who want to work in the media and music industries with data analysis, marketing and research into consumer behaviour. The program also functions as a continued education for music teachers as well as those who want to work with coordination or planning of activities within the cultural sectors.

What is the difference between Master's (one-year) and Master's (two-years) of study?

In Sweden there is a distinction between a one-year Master’s degree (Magister, 60 credits) and a two-year Master’s degree (Master, 120 credits). During the first year of the program all students receive tuition which will prepare them with a solid foundation for understanding and doing empirical research on music. If you decide to read one year only, the first year ends with you writing a 15 credits Master’s thesis. If you decide to read further until the second year, you will undertake an “Individually chosen specialization course”. In the second year you will then take two compulsory courses before writing a more substantial Master's thesis for 30 credits.

Can I apply for a doctoral degree with only a one-year master's degree?

In some cases in Sweden you can apply for postgraduate study after you have completed and passed all courses from the master's year (60 credits at the advanced level). If you want to apply for doctoral studies in other countries, it is usually required that you have taken and been approved in the master's degree course and that you have 120 credits at the advanced level. However there are some exceptions to this. If you have a specific doctoral program in mind for the future be sure to check their entry requirements.

When do I need to decide if I want to study one or two years?

You will need to decide already at the end of the autumn term, within the first year, whether or not to write a master's thesis. If you change your mind after you have written your master's thesis, it is possible to continue into the second year as long as your thesis has passed examination.