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Studying Music in Depth

Our research Master’s in Musicology will train you in advanced research while giving you academic insight into the theoretical and artistic principles underpinning music across history and cultures. You will also investigate the contextual circumstances influencing the production, distribution, and reception of music. The programme is innovative, while at the same time retaining its links to the traditional musicological research fostered at the University over the past 85 years.

Western Music from the Middle Ages to the Present; Music and Media

The Musicology programme at Utrecht University focuses on Western music from the Middle Ages to the present, the impact of media on the reception and conceptualisation of music, and digital musicology. Interdisciplinary work is central to the programme, and there are particularly strong links with Medieval and Renaissance Studies, New Media & Digital Culture, Gender Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Computational Humanities, as well as Game Research.

Hallmarks of Research

Our current research focuses on late medieval music from the 13th to the early 15th centuries, Renaissance Franco-Flemish polyphony, music and migration, Baroque opera, Dutch music since the 17th century, music and its epistemologies from the late 18th century to the present, 20th-and 21st-century art and popular music, the complex relationship between music and politics, the interaction between music and media, and the impact of digital research tools on musicology. This research is firmly imbedded within the taught components of this programme, which are further enhanced by guest lectures and master classes led by international experts.


As a student of this programme, you will become part of a strong community of students, PhD researchers and teaching staff working together at a leading research institute. Read more about the teaching and research environment, including our teaching staff.

After graduation

  • You will possess thorough knowledge of the field of musicology.
  • You have acquired sophisticated knowledge of a research specialism, either within the field of musicology, and/or an interdisciplinary subject.
  • You are equiped with the academic and professional skills needed to identify, define, analyse, and solve research problems.
  • You have learned to conduct independent research in the field of musicology and to report on this research at an advanced level.

This programme will give you the specialist knowledge, insight and skills necessary to pursue further study at PhD level or a career as a researcher. Many alumni pursue academic careers  in international musicological research. Read more about career development and possible career prospects.


Musicology is a selective research Master’s programme. Do you want to know if you are eligible for this Master? Check the entry requirements.

Flexible study

You can also enrol in the Musicology programme as a flexible study student (UU students and students from other Dutch universities only). This allows you to choose for yourself how many courses you want to take each year, and your tuition fees will be adjusted accordingly. You must, however, meet certain conditions. Read more on flexible study.  

  • Profile picture Vera van Buren, RMA Musicology
    "The Musicology programme is highly demanding, and highly rewarding."
  • Profile picture Sonja Hamhuis, Musicology
    "It's up to students themselves to explore and shape the programme in a way that fits their interests and career ambitions."


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 (research)
  • Programme: Musicology
Accredited by the NVAO
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Part- or full-time status:
2 years
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
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  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
  • Dutch & EU/EEA students: 1 June
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