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Cultural Musicology (M.A.)


The M.A. programme in Cultural Musicology is aimed at B.A. graduates in musicology who have a special interest in not limiting the subject of "music" to music in European history alone, but in looking at music from worldwide historical and cultural contexts.

Cultural Musicology
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Teaching Language:
German and English
Standard period of study:
4 semesters
Start of studies:
Winter semester
Restricted (Application to the faculty)

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The transdisciplinary Master's degree programme "Cultural Musicology" offers you the unique opportunity to study the music of the world in depth from a cultural studies perspective. Methods and techniques are taught that appear to be characteristic of one of the three 'classical' sub-disciplines of the subject of musicology (historical musicology, systematic musicology, ethnomusicology) with the aim of exploring the common possibilities within these three focal points. This is done in the conviction that only in this way a musicology can emerge that does justice to its subject: Musics worldwide, and without favouring any particular music.

In the Cultural Musicology degree programme, you will learn to link and work on current musicological research fields with cultural-scientific theories and methods. The programme includes introductory courses on cultural analysis and theory as well as in-depth seminars in which musical practices are critically examined in their historical, social and spatial development and placed in cultural contexts. A large part of this is devoted to the analysis of music, which is carried out using a variety of techniques. You will deepen this knowledge and these skills in a research project carried out independently and individually supervised, which precedes the Master's thesis. Finally, the subject "Cultural Musicology" includes an internship that provides orientation in various professional fields.

The M.A. degree in Cultural Musicology qualifies students for professional activities in many fields of work: in libraries, archives and museums, in non-university musicological research institutions, in music management, in companies in the media industry. It enables specialised journalistic work for the press, radio, television or on the internet, and last but not least, it also offers the opportunity to deal in depth with research contexts through postgraduate studies that qualify for academic work at musicological educational institutions.

Related and consecutive programmes


This degree programme can be studied in 3 different profiles.

You can study Cultural Musicology as a 78C mono-master. This is an option if you are interested in a broad research-oriented approach to the subject.

You can also combine Cultural Musicology as a 42C subject with a 36C module package from another subject or with two 18C module packages from two other subjects as a Joint Honours MA. This is an option if you are interested in both research and application-oriented perspectives that explore the joint potential of two or three subjects working in cultural studies.

You can apply for one study profile.

1. - 4. Semester

Study focus

4. Semester

Master’s thesis

Regulations and module directory


Previous studies

  • B.A. degree or comparable degree
  • Relevance to the subject:
    • At the time of application, proof of at least 54 credits in musicology must be provided, including at least 15 credits in the propaedeutic subjects of composition theory, palaeography/notation studies and instrumental studies.

Language requirements

  • For enrolment at the Faculty of Humanities, proof of German language skills is an absolute prerequisite!
  • If your native language is not German, you must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the German language at level C1.


Study and examination advice Faculty of Humanities

Tina Seufer and Eva Wolff

Humboldtallee 17
DE-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 21888 (Seufer)
Phone: +49 (0)551 39 26713 (Wolff)



Academic Advising

Lennart Ritz M.A.

Department of Musicology

Heinrich-Düker-Weg 14
37073 Göttingen

Phone: 0551/39-25077


Questions regarding applications

Snezana Weber M.A.

Humboldtallee 17
Room 1.110 (1st floor)
DE-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 26717
Fax: +49 (0)551 39 4010