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Pre-Master’s programme

Music Studies

This pre-Master's programme grants access to the Master's Music Studies. The programme is taught in English and is only accessible to students with a Dutch or other EU nationality.


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.

  • Academic Skills pre-Master's
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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

Procedure: register via Studielink

  1. Submit an enrolment request in Studielink for the Master's Arts and Culture 60 ECTS / Kunst- & cultuurwetenschappen 60 ECTS
    You cannot enrol directly in the pre-Master’s, but you must follow the application procedure for the Master’s programme. Please complete all of the steps of the application process, including the application in MyInfo and the submission of all of the required application documents. This will ensure that you can automatically be admitted to the Master's in the following academic year.
  2. 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.
  3. Submit an enrolment request in Studielink for the pre-Master’s Musicology
    Only after you have been (conditionally) admitted to the pre-Master’s do you register for the pre-Master’s Musicology in Studielink. If you successfully complete the pre-Master’s programme within a year, you will automatically be admitted to the Master’s Music Studies. 

Application deadline

The application deadline for a pre-Master’s corresponds with that of the Master’s you wish to do. Please check the Master’s of your choosing for the application deadline.


The tuition fee rate for a pre-Master’s programme in the academic year 2021-2022 is €36.13 per ECTS, with a maximum of €2,168. This means that for a 42 ECTS pre-Master’s programme, the fee is €1,517.60; for a 30 ECTS programme, the fee is €1,084.

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