Musicology (M.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:



Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Winter and summer semester

Admission restrictions:

Open admission


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.


Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Summer semester: October 1 - November 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

Musicology (B.A.)


Musicology Institute


Faculty 07: History and Cultural Studies


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

The Musicology course at JGU traditionally teaches an introduction to the subject, which integrates sub-disciplines in a consequent manner and links scientific education with practical components. Within the context of a Master's program, Musicology is supplemented and strengthened by a decidedly cultural historical orientation. The main aim of the program is to significantly enhance key competences of musicological work and theory in a scientific and application-oriented way and to position them more broadly in subject and methodology discourse relating to culture and history.

The main academic parts of the Master's program are the two modules "Understanding Music in a Historical Context" and "Music Historiography".

The module "Understanding Music in a Historical Context" is oriented towards a critically reflective scientific approach to music, as well as the differentiation or contextualization of adequate methodological approaches. The content of the module's courses is devoted to providing an advanced and differentiated analysis of the main categories of music history, taking into account the current research situation, whereby the module is designed specifically for analytical work, as well as for contextualizing issues relating to the history of the humanities, ideas, society, and reception.

In addition to providing an awareness of musical historiographical issues, the "Musical Historiography" module also enables students to critically assess resources and phenomena relating to music history. Using selected topics, the course addresses the application of theoretical historical models and music analysis methods for the specific requirements of music historiography that have been established in the cultural subject discourse.

A "Master's in Musicology Add-on Module" precedes both modules and links the following three items: First, the safeguarding, re-exposure and enhancement of the knowledge gained on the Bachelor's program in Musicology; second, a consideration of musicology methods that goes beyond the Bachelor's degree in dialog with associated disciplines; third, the adoption of a methodological system for the research-based Master's program.

With regard to the student's ability to integrate musicology-related topics and issues with associated cultural historical disciplines, the comprehensive "General Studies" module supplements the first two semesters of the Master's program in Musicology and accompanies students in particular with regard to specializing on the basis of the broad "Elective Module", which is currently divided into a total of eight different specializations, seven of which are transdisciplinary in nature (Theater Studies, Book Studies, Music Theory, Music Informatics, Art History, Media Management and Ethnology) and encompass the most current subjects relating to musicology. At the same time, the module "Musicology as Historical Cultural Studies", which is taught within the JGU, enhances the awareness of cultural problems by encouraging students to address historical music issues themselves. It is combined with cultural history and musicology methodologies in a case-specific way.

Within the module "Musicology in Practice", the reference to practical research in discussion and writing serves to develop key cultural and specific musicology skills. Emphasis is placed on the application of specialist knowledge acquired at the university, as well as networking and the formation of contacts with regard to applying for jobs in future and taking the next steps into a professional musicology career. Here, the resultant need for scientific cooperation intensifies the need to acquire appropriate social skills.

As part of the integrated examination module, students can independently apply musicology concepts and methods according to their subject area after they have finished their Master's thesis, and can independently formulate research questions from all subject areas of the course and prepare these scientifically within the allocated time. In addition, they are able to discuss views relating to musicology and can formulate solutions to problems and defend them in an argument, as well as being able to conduct musicology research projects in an independent manner.

Master entrance requirements

First university degree: Diploma from the previous degree program

  • a) Bachelor's diploma consisting of a minimum standard period of study of six semesters at a university in Germany or abroad with at least 60 credit points in Musicology. At least 36 of these credit points must be in the field of Historical Musicology. If the bachelor's degree has not yet been completed by the time of application, the applicant must provide proof of two third of the required subject-specific credit points by the end of the application deadline.
  • or b) an equivalent degree with equivalent subject-related study and examination qualifications.

If the applicant has provided more than 36 credit points but less than 49 credit points in Historical Musicology as part of the first university degree, the missing credit points may be made up as part of the Master's degree program by successfully completing the courses 07.114.120 or 07.114.150 (2 credit points each) and 07.114.130 and/or 07.114.160 (5 credit points each) in accordance with the applicable version of the examination regulations for a two-subject Bachelor's degree program in the faculties 02, 05 and 07 for a major in Musicology. In this case, this would replace Module 13.1 and/or 13.2 of the Master's degree program. In cases of doubt, the Examination Committee will make a decision whether the conditions contained in this clause apply.

It is assumed that students have a sufficient active and passive knowledge of English and of another modern foreign language, as well knowledge of Latin. Proof is not required.

If elective modules 16.1 or 16.2 are chosen during the course of study, proof of Latin knowledge is required.

Participation in the Musicology degree program is premised on the ability to play an instrument. The program also assumes sound knowledge of music theory (proof is not required).

Before admission to the Master's program, a departmental advisory session in Musicology is strongly recommended.

Proof of proficiency in the German language to the level of the "German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants (DSH-3)" is required for foreign applicants from non-German-speaking countries.


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