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Pre-Master’s programme

Music Studies

This pre-Master's programme is aimed at students who have a degree from a University of Applied Sciences (HBO) or an academic Bachelor’s degree that does not grant direct access to the Master's Music Studies. The programme is taught in English.

If you successfully complete the pre-Master’s programme within a year, you will automatically be admitted to the Master’s Music Studies. However, you do need to complete the programme within one year, as you cannot start the Master's without fully meeting the entry requirements. After completing the pre-Master's programme you will not receive a diploma or certificate.


Please note: If you have obtained an academic Bachelor’s degree, you do not need to take the two Academic Skills courses (2 x 6 ECTS), which means that the programme will comprise 30 ECTS instead of 42 ECTS. Below you see the programme of the current academic year; the courses in the coming academic year may differ slightly. The Course Catalogue for the new academic year will be published in May.

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  • Analyse- en onderzoeksmethoden A: veldwerk, experimenten en data-analyse
  • An Introduction to Cultural Musicology
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  • The Colonial Legacies of Sound Archives: Cultural Musicology I
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  • Cognitive Musicology
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  • Globalizing East Asian Popular Musics: Cultural Musicology II
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UvA Course Catalogue - Pre-Master's Music Studies

Application procedure

Your application to the Graduate School of Humanities always starts by submitting an enrolment request for the Master's programme you wish to pursue. You can only submit an enrolment request for the pre-Master's if you have been admitted to the Master's programme on the condition of successful completion of the pre-Master's programme.

  1. Check the application deadline
    As you must first submit an application for the Master's programme, the application deadline of the Master's Music Studies applies. This is 15 May for students with a Dutch or EEA nationality, and 1 March for students with a non-EEA nationality.
  2. Submit an enrolment request in Studielink for the Master's Master's Arts and Culture 60 ECTS / Kunst- & cultuurwetenschappen 60 ECTS
    Please complete all of the steps of the application process for the Master's in Music Studies, including the application in MyInfo and the submission of all required application documents. This will ensure that you can automatically be admitted to the Master's in the following academic year.
  3. Wait for the admission decision
    The selection committee will assess your prior education. If you are able to meet the entry requirements for the Master’s by completing the pre-Master’s programme, you will receive a rejection for the Master's and a positive decision for the pre-Master’s.
  4. Submit an enrolment request in Studielink for the pre-Master’s Music Studies
    Only after you have been (conditionally) admitted to the pre-Master’s do you register for the pre-Master’s Music Studies in Studielink (Musicology - Schakelprogramma). You will be informed by email in more detail.

Important information for non-EEA students

If you need a visa for your stay in the Netherlands, please note that the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) only issues visas to pre-Master's students for the duration of one year. If you do not complete the programme in one year, you cannot continue your studies anywhere in the Netherlands.


The tuition fee rate for a pre-Master’s programme in the academic year 2023-2024 is €38.56 per ECTS, with a maximum of €2,314. This means that for a 42 ECTS pre-Master’s programme, the fee is €1,620; for a 30 ECTS programme, the fee is €1,157.

More information

Prof. dr. J.J.E. (Julia) Kursell

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Muziekwetenschap

Facts & Figures
Mode Full-time
Credits 30/42 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Conditions for admission University of applied sciences degree (HBO), Academic/research university degree (WO)
Starts in September