Musicology (Master)

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The master’s programme in Musicology aims at equipping students with the ability to critically reflect on music and society’s approach to it. Graduates are able to theoretically interpret music in its contexts and to critically examine concrete issues using subject-specific methods. Students acquire qualifications that are required for specific areas of application, such as knowledge of research design and knowledge organisation, editorial techniques, sound and image recording, librarianship, archive studies and museums, media, cultural management and cultural organisation.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 836

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination


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Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Admission Procedure

Information about the admission procedure

Information on Previous Studies:

In any case eligible degree programmes at the University of Vienna:

Study Programme

The master’s programme comprises one of three alternative compulsory modules and six elective modules, and requires students to write a master’s thesis and complete the master’s examination.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Music aesthetics
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Change of mediality
  • Music reception

... and many more.

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates can pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

  • research (academic institutions and other research institutions)
  • teaching (universities, conservatories and similar educational institutions, music schools as well as institutions for adult education)
  • media (radio, TV, print media, online media)
  • cultural management (events and cultural communication)
  • cultural industry (publishers, recording industry)
  • music-related documentation services of all kinds (collections, libraries, archives, museums, music information centres)
  • dramaturgy
  • cultural administration and cultural policy.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 2.2 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.2 (appropriate)

→ These results are based on feedback from 30 graduates.

*You can find further assessments of the degree programme from its graduates’ perspective in the graduate survey of the master's programme in Musicology (in German).

Graduates ...

  • find employment within 3 years after graduation on average.

*You can find further information on career entry and career paths in the tracking of graduates "MA Musicology".