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 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:

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

... and many more.

 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 asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).