Career Prospects

I was accepted to the University of Toronto’s Musicology programme before I completed my Master in Utrecht.
Stefan Udell, alumnus Musicology

Graduates of the programme are equipped to operate in the international field of musicology and, in particular, the field of their research specialism. They often continue their studies at doctoral level and subsequently pursue careers in academic teaching and research. Graduates who do not wish to pursue doctoral studies have found employment in museums, libraries, archives, publishing houses, and as teachers or freelance consultants in the cultural sector.

Academic careers

After successfully completing the Research Master's programme in Musicology, you will be able to formulate a PhD research proposal on a particular aspect of musicology. You will have a clear idea of the positioning of your own research within the context of international musicological research.

You will also be qualified to compete successfully for admission to a doctoral programme in Musicology in Europe, the USA, and elsewhere. Graduates of the programme have been successfully admitted, among others, to doctoral programmes at the UCLA, Berkeley, University of Toronto, Royal Holloway, University of London, Duke University, Cambridge University, University of Oxford, and, of course, Utrecht University. 

Alumni stories

Professional careers

Below you find some examples of jobs that require an expertise in the field of musicology or other academic skills.

  • Marieke Lefeber is Curator at Museum Speelklok and a Junior Researcher at the Meertens Institute, Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.
  • One alumna works as a free-lance pianist, musicologist, culture consultant and Head of Research at Delivering Happiness Holland.  
  • Another former student works as an ELT Consultant for the Netherlands at Oxford University Press.
A PhD candidate receives her PhD at University Hall