The two-year master’s course "Musicology. History and Communication" is intended to enable students to deal scientifically with the objects of European-Western music history: with the aesthetic objects themselves, their institutional, cultural context, the formation of historical theories and - last but not least - with the historical The changeability of what is considered to be music, what is considered to be musical art, mainly in problem- and case-oriented courses that aim to link research and teaching.


The focus of the Marburg Institute is on older music history up to the beginning of the 17th century and music history from the 18th to the early 20th century.


The master’s program “Musicology. History and Communication ”prepares you for activities that require solid specialist training. Fields of activity are:

  • university research
  • Edition projects
  • Publishers (editing)
  • libraries (senior service)
  • Press, radio, television
  • Musical theater / orchestral dramaturgy



Completion of a relevant bachelor's degree in musicology or proof of a comparable domestic or foreign professional university degree with an overall grade of at least 2.5.
University degrees with a proportion of music history modules or module parts of at least 60 credit points according to ECTS entitle the holder to admission.

If proof of the first degree is not yet available, a transcript of records with a calculated average grade based on at least 80% of the credit points required for the bachelor's degree can be submitted.

The examination board can combine the admission with the condition that additional study achievements and / or examinations of a maximum of 30 credit points are achieved. In this case, the course can be extended accordingly. The examination board decides on the question of the technical relevance of the preliminary course and the comparability of the university degree.

Two foreign languages ??including English . Must be proven

  • a foreign language at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ??(alternatively: knowledge of Latin at the level of the Latinum , evidenced e.g. by the Abitur certificate), as well as
  • Another foreign language at level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Note: If you are focusing on the field of early music history, at least a basic knowledge of Latin grammar and Latin vocabulary is required, which enables you to understand the older musical terminology and to understand the linguistic structure of liturgical and theoretical texts.


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