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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) – 2 field degree program - Major Field

Do you want to learn how to engage with music in a scientific way? Do you want to have a better understanding of the development and interconnection of European music history?

On the Musicology Bachelor degree, starting from the music theory principles of European music history, you will above all learn about four areas:

  • Musical analysis and historic music theory
  • Notation, the language of music, and music publishing
  • The intellectual, cultural and social history context of European music
  • Aesthetic and philosophical approaches to music and its historic development

In the University of Freiburg’s Department of Musicology, you can study in an individual environment and in close contact with the teachers and your fellow students. The size of the institution enables optimal support for all students. Interdisciplinary cooperations with other degree programs, other universities in the Eucor association, and in particular with the Freiburg University of Music open up a broad musicological horizon. This can enable you to learn about other points of view and approaches to music. The recently-established Freiburg Research and Teaching Center for Music (FZM) – which combines academic approaches and the practice of music-making in a cooperation between the university and Freiburg University of Music – offers unique opportunities for music-related study and research.


What do you need to succeed on the degree program?

You should

  • be interested in a theoretical engagement with music,
  • enjoy analyzing music and the critical examination of texts and theories,
  • be hugely interested in the study of harmony and music theory,
  • be open to involvement not just with Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, but also with less familiar music, such as that of the Middle Ages and the 20th and 21st centuries.
Academic calendar:

Winter Semester

Standard Period of Study:

6 semesters required for the full degree programme

Scope of services:

180 ECTS-Points for the full degree programme

Admission: First semester:

without special prerequisites for admission (free admissions)

Higher semesters:

free admission

Application period: First semester: 1 June – 4 October
Higher semesters: Winter Semester: until 30.09., Summer Semester: until 31.03.
Important information regarding required application materials for higher semesters.
Application: Apply now!
Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Humanities

The bachelor’s program takes the compositional foundations of Western music as a starting point to provide an initial overview of the field of musicology, which is combined from the outset with a methodological grounding. Research and teaching at the department focuses on the area of historical music research, which is concerned primarily with the creation, notation, appearance, rendition, performance, function, and impact of works from the history of European music. It includes music philology (the study of sources and the preparation of critical sheet music), musical analysis, the study of historical performance practice, biography, historical characterizations of music in their cultural and social context, reception research (the history of the impact of works of music), and the historical development of music theory, aesthetics, and musical terminology. In order to complete the course of study, students must possess excellent German language skills as well as good skills in English and one other foreign language. Although musicology is a theory-driven field of study, it is connected to musical practice in numerous ways. Familiarity with the basic principles of music theory and prior practical experience with music are thus necessary prerequisites for a successful course of study in the field. This includes experience with composition, the ability to form a mental picture of music just by reading the sheet music, and basic knowledge of the history of music and the musical repertoire.

For information on subject combinations, see also the "Joint Committee of the Faculty of Philology, Philosophy, and Economics and Behavioural Sciences". Subject combinations for students who started their degree programme before the winter semester 2012/13 can also be found there. » more [de]

Please note:
From the summer semester 2020 on there may be deviations from individual regulations of the admission regulations, selection and entrance examination regulations as well as the study and examination regulations from the Corona Statutes [de].

The versions of statutes with relevance to teaching and learning provided on this page by the Department of Legal Affairs (in particular admission and selection regulations as well as subject and examination regulations) are primarily for information purposes. This means that all amendments subsequently agreed upon by the University Senate have been integrated into the respective text of the original statutes; in the case of the examination regulations for bachelor's and master's degree programmes, this generally relates to extracts of the respective examination regulations (framework examination regulations, subject-specific provisions, and appendices).
The greatest care has been taken in writing these versions. Nevertheless, it cannot be entirely ruled out that errors may have occurred. Consequently, it is solely the officially announced statutes and statute amendments that are legally binding, i.e. as published in the Amtlichen Bekanntmachungen der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau [de] or, up to the year 2000, in the official gazette of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.

Central Academic Advising Office

The University's Service Centre Studies - Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) provides information and advice on all questions that may arise prior to, at the beginning of, and during a course of study. If you are seeking subject-specific advice in addition to this, you can also contact the respective subject academic advisor.

Departmental Academic Advising

Christian Haber
Musikwissenschaftliches Seminar
Kollegiengebäude I, Raum-Nr.: 1125
Platz der Universität
79098 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 203-3092
Claudia Telzerow
Kollegiengebäude I, Raum 1118 / 1. OG
Platz der Universität
79098 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 203-3090
Fax: +49 761 203-3091

Examination Office

Werthmannstr.8/Rückgebäude, 79098 Freiburg

Bachelor- und Masterstudiengang, Lehramtsstudiengang gemäß GymPO I
Dr. Tobie Walther
Tel. 203-3221
Raum 02 010/2. OG
Sprechstunde: Dienstag 10.15-12.30 Uhr, Donnerstag 14.00-16.00 Uhr

Magister- und Promotionsstudiengang, Lehramtsstudiengang gemäß WPO
Annette Ehinger
Tel. 203-2011
Raum 03 011/3. OG
Sprechstunde: Dienstag 10.15-12.30 Uhr, Donnerstag 14.00-16.00 Uhr

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