The Master's in Music Studies is a one year programme that allows you to specialise in historical, cultural or cognitive musicology, or a combination of the three.
The Master's programme in Music Studies comprises 60 ECTS credits:
- 24 credits for Core courses
- 6/12 credits for Electives
- 6 credits for Tutorial
- 6/12 credits for an Internship
- 18 credits for Master’s thesis
Core modules and electives
Students are required to start the programme with a choice of core courses that cover aspects of Cultural musicology and Cognitive or Historical musicology and finish the programme with a 20,000-word thesis. They choose several musicology and interdisciplinary electives. Core courses can also be chosen as electives.
Tutorials and internships
There is, moreover, the opportunity to take an elective in the form of an individual tutorial with one of the lecturers about a research subject of your choice. It is also possible to enrol for an internship (with a well-articulated research component) at one of the many professional music organisations, ensembles, music venues, and festivals in Amsterdam or elsewhere in the Netherlands.
The master's thesis reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of two academic staff members involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and academic adviser(s).
Detailed course information
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Students who show exceptional promise during a regular or professional programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a research programme. Once students are admitted to the research programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their research programme degree. The Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for transfer.