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Historical Musicology M.A.


Master of Arts

Program structure

Master of Arts: Only a single subject is usually studied. However, individual programs can be highly interdisciplinary. This means that the contents of the program may come from different fields of study.

Special features



The focus of research and teaching is on "historical musicology". Accordingly, the bachelor's program focuses on basic knowledge on how to deal with "classical" music and musical sources. The aim of the Master's degree is to enhance knowledge and skills, especially in handling source material.

Professional prospects / competencies

Fields of work include archives, libraries, museums of cultural history, cultural departments in public administration, music schools and adult education, publishing companies and newspapers, theaters (esp. as dramaturge), concert agencies, music festivals, the film and record industry, television and radio stations. In addition to that, a master's degree may open the path to a career in academia. Several key skills can be acquired during the course of studies, such as language skills, skills in creative and scientific writing, competence in handling software for text and music processing, communication and audiovisual presentation.

Internships, lab courses, practical courses

A four-week internship is an obligatory component of the program. If arranged with the module supervisor, this can be replaced with the same scope of contribution to a project, observations, or volunteering (outside the university).

Disciplines involved

Not specified

Program duration / standard period of study

The length of the program depends on the progress of an individual's studies. The standard period of study, the time in which the intended program can be finished ideally is 4 semesters. The actual time taken to complete the program may vary. It is limited by the examination deadlines set out in the examination regulations.

Program scope

120 ECTS credits

Language of instruction


Program can be started

In the winter and summer semester

What qualities do I need to have?

Profound knowledge of music theory (harmony, counterpoint) and history; profound knowledge of repertoire; proficiency in various older and newer notation systems; willingness to participate in research projects; willingness to engage with methods and approaches of other scientific disciplines; familiarity with philological and historical approaches

Restricted admittance

The master's program "Historical Musicology" does not have restricted admittance; however, you will need to pass an eligibility test in order to enroll in the program.

Legal requirements for admission

An executive board will decide on the basis of your qualifications if you are to be enrolled in the master's program "Historical Musicology". For more information, please visit the homepage of the Institute of Musicology. You will need a first university degree based on at least three years of study in a related subject with above-average results (overall grade at least "good"), which must be equivalent to a Bachelor's degree at the University of Regensburg. International applicants must provide evidence of German language skills at DSH level.

Application deadline(s)

Admission is subject to an eligibility test. Applications for admission to this procedure should be sent to the following address: University of Regensburg, Institute for Musicology, 93040 Regensburg.

Further information can be found on the homepage of the Institute for Musicology.

Information for international applicants

Registration dates and deadlines

After a successful application (aptitude test) for the master's program "Historical Musicology" you can enroll. Information about the dates for enrollment and the required documents can be found on the homepage of the Registrar's Office.

Language skills needed

Knowledge of the German language at level 2 of the DSH exam (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber = DSH-2)

Documents needed (to apply / register)

  • Proof of university entrance qualification;
  • proof of a first degree with an above-average grade (at least "good");
  • applicants whose native language is not German must submit proof of their knowledge of the German language (at level 2 of the DSH exam or prognosis of reaching this level after one semester);
  • proof of suitability and motivation for the course of study by presenting a curriculum vitae, the course of studies to date and career plans, taking into account the applicant's interests and achievements that may be relevant to the study project: suitable supporting documents (academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, proof of internships and so forth) should be attached

Information on the required enrollment documents can be found on the homepage of the Registrar's Office.

Information on application documents for international applicants

Contact within the faculty

Dr. Bettina Berlinghoff-Eichler
Phone: +49941 943-3758
E-Mail: institut.musik@psk.uni-regensburg.de


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