Preparation in the current/ future musical infrastructure

Through its focus on musical infrastructure, Utrecht University's Master's programme Applied Musicology will equip you with the specific knowledge and skills required to operate as a musicologist within the international musical industry. The programme utilizes reflective training in both current and innovative approaches in musicology, through which you will learn to apply academic musicological skills to the day-to-day challenges in a musical life.

Experience from the professional field

Our Master's programme in Applied Musicology was designed in direct dialogue with top institutions within the musical infrastructure in the Netherlands and beyond; it does not discriminate between classical and popular music. The curriculum builds on knowledge and skills gained through Bachelor's programme in Musicology, with emphasis on both historical musicology and the relation of music with other media.

As a student, you will receive intensive mentoring while developing research and reflective skills relevant to questions in contemporary music production, programming, financing and participation. You will acquire additional relevant skills (for example journalistic writing skills) through classroom labs as well as coaching by professors and professionals in the field.

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After graduation

  • You will possess thorough knowledge of the field of musicology and you have an understanding of the latest developments in international discourse on musicology.
  • You will be trained in relevant skills by professionals in the field which you can implement in your future professional career.
  • You have developed research and reflective skills and how to apply these in your day-to-day life. 
  • You have acquired sophisticated knowledge in your own special interest whether within the field of musicology, and/or an interdisciplinary subject.
  • You will have experience in the professional field learned by a traineeship.

This Master's programme prepares you for the cultural professional  field. You will have developed skills which are required in your future career. It gives you opportunities in both the cultural field and in careers that require an expertise in the field of applied musicology. Read more about possible career prospects.


Applied Musicology is a selective Master’s programme. Check the entry requirements to learn if you are eligible for this programme.

  • Frank Adams
    "The courses in musical theory offered by the programme are much more in-depth than those offered in similar courses at Dutch conservatories."
  • Hanna den Hollander
    “Many things I learned in class were directly applicable for my research for my internship, which later became my job.”


Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MA
  • Master's degree in: Arts & Culture
  • Programme: Applied Musicology
Accredited by the NVAO
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  • Full-time
  • Part-time
1 year
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
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  • Dutch & EU/EER students: 1 June 2018
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April 2018
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