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Musicology in Graz

Title: Antw: Musikologie: Werbung auf Englisch

Musicology in Graz is a Bachelors and a Masters program that is offered jointly by the University of Graz (Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz) and the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz (Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Graz, aka Kunstuniversität Graz or KUG).


Musicology in Graz (in German: Musikologie) is a quantum leap forward in musicology studies. For the first time, a regional centre offers both the highest international standards and unusual breadth and choice.


The duration of the Bachelor program is 6 semesters (3 years, 180 ECTS credits). The Masters program lasts a further 4 semesters (2 years, 120 ECTS credits). Teaching is confined to two semesters, which last from 1 October to 31 January (winter semester) and from 1 March to 30 June (summer semester) in each year. The degrees offered are Bakk. phil. and Mag. phil., and students may enrol in either of the two participating universities.


All students in the Bachelors program receive a thorough grounding in five main musicological subdisciplines. From the beginning of the third year, these subdisciplines are separated into modules and each student chooses two modules in which to specialise. The modules are:


Western music (Abendländische Musikkulturen) (historical musicology)

Jazz and popular music (Jazz und Popularmusik)

Musical cultures of the world (Musikkulturen der Welt) (ethnomusicology)

Music psychology and acoustics (Musikpsychologie und Akustik)

Aesthetics and society (Ästhetik und Gesellschaft)


The only prerequisite for admission to the Bachelors program is high school matriculation or equivalent (e.g. A levels in the UK, Abitur in Germany). There is no additional entrance examination. Practical musical skills are recommended but not mandatory. The prerequisite for entry to the Masters program is a Bachelors degree in Musicology or equivalent from any university in the world. Students holding a Bachelors degree in another discipline may be required to pass additional units before being admitted to the Masters program in musicology.


The working language of the program is German, but some courses may be held in English. Foreign students must demonstrate their German language skills before being admitted. The tuition fee is currently 363.36 Euro per semester for citizens of EU countries and 726.72 Euro per semester for citizens of non-EU countries.


Graz is Austria’s second-largest city. Green and cosmopolitan, it is situated in South-Eastern Austria on the river Mur, two hours south of Vienna. It is home to 280 000 people, four universities (academic, technical, art, and medical), and a lively cultural scene.


Students interested in studying musicology in Graz should first contact one of the following:

Studienabteilung der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, www.uni-graz.at/communication/unistart/E/studienint/index.html

Studien- und Prüfungsabteilung (Registrar’s Office) der Kunstuniversität Graz, www.kug.ac.at/englisch/firstcontact_e.shtml


For further useful information on studying in Graz see http://www.uni-graz.at/4students/

The German-language website of Musicology in Graz is at http://www.musikologie.at/


Richard Parncutt


parncutt at uni-graz dot at