Department of Musicology

An interdisciplinary programme

The Master Programme in the Humanities prepares you for a career as a researcher. Musicology is one of several main fields of study available.

Master programme in the Humanities, pathway Musicology

This programme gives you a broad basis for pursuing a research career in musicology or for other professional opportunities in the field of music, combining up-to-date theoretical perspectives with solid methodological skills. It provides you with analytical tools for understanding the function of music and musical cultures in present and past societies. You can choose to specialise in different sub-disciplines, such as historical musicology, ethnomusicology or popular music studies. With a focus on theoretical and methodological developments in the humanities, as well as on more practical skills and competences pertinent to professional careers, you will graduate with a Master of Arts, specialising in the discipline of musicology.


A bachelor degree, equivalent to a Swedish degree of at least 180 ECTS credits (i.e. three years of full time studies), in humanities or social sciences with at least 60 ECTS credits in musicology, ethnomusicology, or an equivalent foreign degree. Proof of skills in English to a level corresponding to English B in the Swedish upper secondary school. This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test with the following minimum scores:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based test: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in essay section and a total score of 575. Internet-based test: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in essay section and a total score of 90.
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE


Applying for the Master programme in the Humanities is a two-step process. First, you need to submit your application for the programme via the Swedish higher education application agency (see link on top of the page). After that, you have to submit a proof of eligibility for the specific pathway. These documents should be sent to the department (see below).


Selection will be based on a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies. Special emphasis is placed on the quality of the degree project in musicology or equivalent. As full documentation of your degree project, preferably a Bachelor's thesis, a paper copy is required. A statement of intent outlining your musicological proficiency (2 pages maximum) is also requested. The documentation must arrive in the hands of the programme coordinator no later than February 2, 2017.

Write the following in the address field of the envelope: "Text for application to Master Programme of Humanities: Musicology". Send your documents to: Uppsala University, Department of Musicology, P.O. Box 633 SE-751 26 Uppsala, Sweden.


For citizens of countries outside of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, application and tuition fees are required. Read more about fees.

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50 000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200 000

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For further questions or more information, please don't hesitate to contact Professor Mattias Lundberg, Director of Graduate studies, by email: