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  • Duration: 4 semesters
  • Degree Award: Master of Arts
  • Language: German
  • admission free
  • Special admission requirements

Music Studies - Master's Programme

Orientation and Goals

In the master's programme Music Studies, you can specialise in such areas as the cultural history of music, systematic music studies, or music and media.

The aim is to enable students to engage in independent critical reflection on phenomena of musical culture and to actively shape current musical life. Students acquire methodological, practical, theoretical, analytical as well as organisational and communication skills. The challenges of the cultural, social and economic shift in the past and present (mediatisation, globalisation, interculturality, demographic changes), as opposed to a normative concept of music, form the basis of musicological work.

Study Design and Contents

This course of studies lasts 4 semesters. Part time study is possible.
You will complete 120 credit points in the following areas:
  • Methods in music studies
  • Music studies overview
  • Music practice and theory
Elective areas
  • Cultural history of music / gender studies
  • Systematic music studies
  • Music and media
Interdisciplinary module in languages and cultural studies
Area of professionalisation (languages, offers in other subjects, internships, projects, study abroad, etc.)
Master's thesis module

Teaching and Learning

Seminars, practice sessions, and group teaching in instrumental music and leading ensembles.

Reasons for Studying

  • concept for excellent teaching
    • small learning groups
    • diverse opportunities for independent learning
    • great freedom in planning your studies
  • opportunity to set your own specialisation in music studies
  • opportunity for profiling in gender studies
  • connection between music practice and theory and music studies related contents
  • Internationally recognised research
  • Opportunity to spend an Erasmus semester abroad at a partner university in for example Romania, Greece, the UK or Ireland.
  • Opportunity to take other language and cultural studies related modules in areas such as German studies, English studies, Slavic studies, art, media, or material culture up to 30 credit points.
  • Opportunities for individual professionalisation modules up to 15 credit points.
  • Internships, study abroad, study assistance (conference organisation, tutorials, etc.), languages, journalistic writing, workshops, self-organised learning forms, choice of classes or modules in other subject areas

Foreign Language Skills

In order to study this course at the University of Oldenburg as a student from outside of Germany, you need an adequate knowledge of German.

German Language Proficiency
You can proof your German language proficiency with the following language certificates:
  • DSH: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (Level 2)
  • TestDaF: Test – Deutsch als Fremdsprache (with level 4 in all four areas)

The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment. For other proof possiblities see: Language requirements

Careers and Areas of Employment

The master's programme in Music Studies offers a way into an academic career, and also paves the way to leading positions in institutions and projects in modern musical life. Institutions, businesses, projects, and initiatives in today's music world need qualified people with flexible, overlapping skills. This programme qualifies you for a number of diverse career fields: locally specific, globally networked, socially aware, demand oriented, self-employed or employed by someone else. The range of possible professional activities includes academic employment, publishing, local music policy and administration, organising musical events, and cultural or music work with adults and seniors.

Target Group/Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in Music or Music Studies or in a closely related field worth at least 60 credit points
  • At least 28 credit points in subject-specific and/or subject-didactical content, of which at least 15 credit points are for subject-specific content

Application/Admission Procedures

This is an open admissions degree course, and applications are accepted for both the winter and summer semesters.
The application deadline for the winter semester is 30 September.
The application deadline for the summer semester is 31 March.

Please note
For open-admission Master's degree programmes it is strongly recommended to submit their applications as early as possible before 15 July for the winter semester and before 15 January for the summer semester. If the supporting documents are submitted after these dates but before the standard application deadlines, your application can only be processed at the start of the lecture period in the new semester. This may result serious problems (German document).

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