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Master of Arts (M.A.)

The Master of Arts program in Musicology at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg offers you a reliable foundation in dealing with music from a scientific perspective. In this four-semester intensive and interdisciplinary program, you will learn about the most diverse aspects of musicological research and acquire competencies for independent and research-oriented work. 


In order to be able to study the Master's program in Musicology, you should also have the following:

  • Very good knowledge of German level C1 (according to CFR Levels) and at least B1 level in English.
  • Motivation for independent, analytical and research-oriented work .
  • Interest in the historical change of music and in different composers, epochs and genres.
  • Knowledge in another modern foreign language at least level A2 OR knowledge of Latin (Latinum or equivalent knowledge of Latin)
  • Basic university knowledge of at least 40 ECTS credits in the subject of musicology
Language of instruction:


Academic calendar:

Winter and Summer Semester

Standard Period of Study:

4 semesters required for the full degree programme

Scope of services:

120 ECTS-Points for the full degree programme

Admission: First semester:

with special prerequisites for admission
The admissions restrictions are determined by the admissions regulations for the individual field. For more detailed information, please visit your departmental academic advisor.

Higher semesters:

with special prerequisites for admission according to admission regulations

Please note: University admission requirements may change up to the start of the application period.

Application period: First semester: Winter Semester: 15 April - 15 July, Summer Semester: 1 November - 31 January
Higher semesters: Winter Semester: 15 April - 30 September, Summer Semester: 1 November - 31 March
Important information regarding required application materials for higher semesters.
Application: Application for this subject is only possible during the application period and is done online.
Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Humanities

The M.A. program in musicology teaches practices and methods for describing, analyzing, and critically evaluating works of music of all genres and periods and placing them in their cultural, political, economic, and social context. Special emphasis is placed on developing the students’ sensitivity and sense of judgment concerning the formal and aesthetic elements of these works and their significance. Analytical tasks train the students to express their practical listening experiences in words, thus building on the skills in composition and forming a mental image of music they acquired in the B.A. program and extending their grasp of the history of music and their familiarity with a broad musical repertoire. The overarching goal is to train and strengthen the students’ powers of critical thinking and judgment with regard to methodology and developing their own critical standpoint.

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
Musikwissenschaftliches Seminar
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

Achtung: In der vorlesungsfreien Zeit gelten gesonderte Sprechstunden, bitte informieren Sie sich rechtzeitig vor einem Besuch.