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



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.

Study Programme

The master’s programme in Musicology comprises one of five alternative compulsory modules and an elective module, 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 (examples):

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

     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

    Graduate Survey

    The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

    Information about the Graduate Survey

    Career Tracking of Graduates

    The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

    Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates