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Music from a theoretical, practical, cultural and historical perspective.

About the programme
Quota 1 2019: All admitted   |   Quota 2 2019: -  
: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: Week 35


This programme is only offered in Danish.

On the Bachelor’s degree programme in musicology, you explore music using theory and analysis. You work with rhythmic ensemble playing, arranging music,choral conducting and developing your own musical abilities. You work with styles from different periods and parts of the world, and you learn to communicate music as a conductor, speaker, choirmaster, writer, singer and instrumentalist.

Studying on the musicology programme at AU

On the musicology programme, you immerse yourself in music - with a book in one hand and a drumstick in the other. You attend lectures, participate in workshops in smaller classes, do written and oral assignments, play in an ensemble and receive one-on-one piano and song lessons. Admission to the musicology programme requires that you pass an audition where you are tested in singing, aural skills, music theory and piano.

Teacher line or cultural communication line

After the first year of the programme, you choose between two different lines each of which prepares you for a different career path. If you choose the teacher line, you have a lot of practical instruction in singing, piano, choral conducting and arranging. If you choose the cultural communication line, you focus on the theoretical, cultural and technological aspects of music. You immerse yourself in topics such as musical culture, audience studies, copyright, musical policy and musical production.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor’s degree in musicology, you are eligible for admission to a range of different Master’s degree programmes. For example, you might choose the Master’s degree programme in musicology, which qualifies graduates to teach music at upper secondary schools, folk high schools and other educational institutions. You might also work in the cultural sector, for example with communication or production or as a practising musician.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22330


Deadline for applications

Auditions are held in early June. All applicants to the musicology programme (quota 1 and quota 2) must therefore submit their application for admission by the 15 March deadline.


To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

 A qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements  (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B
  • An additional language at A level (or B level in case of an advanced language).
  • Passed entrance examination held by the university

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Entrance exam (audition)

To be admitted to the Bachelor’s degree programme in musicology, you must meet the admissions requirements and pass an audition. This applies for both quota 1 and quota 2. 

In 2019, the auditions are scheduled for 27-28 May and 3-7 June. Invitations will be sent out in week 17. Invitations are sent by email to the address the applicant provides when applying to the programme on the optagelse.dk site.

Read more about the auditions in this pdf (in Danish). 

If there are available student places that can be applied for in the second round intake, the audition for these will take place in mid-August.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B
  • An additional language at A level (or B level in case of an advanced language).

Programme structure

The Bachelor’s degree programme in musicology involves the historical, cultural, analytical and practical study of composed and popular music from different periods. There is a strong interplay between theory and practice on the programme. In the second year of the programme, you are required to choose between the teacher line and the cultural communication line. On the teacher line, the primary focus is on musical performance, while the cultural communication line focuses more on the theoretical and analytical aspects of musicology.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor’s degree programme in political science, you can find more information about the individual subjects, the programme structure and the requirements you must meet as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

The degree programme diagram gives an outline of the entire Bachelor’s degree programme in musicology. You can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.

Student life

The content of the musicology programme

As a student on the Bachelor’s degree programme in musicology, you experience a variety of forms of instruction. You attend lectures on various aspects of your subject along with the rest of your year group. You also participate in smaller classes where you are expected to participate actively as well as workshops in connection with practical instruction in arranging or playing instruments. You will also be part of a study group where you discuss your subject and prepare and make presentations.

Here is an example of a weekly schedule for the first semester of the Bachelor’s degree programme in musicology. Musicology is a full-time degree programme, and you spend a lot of time preparing for your classes - both practically and theoretically.

9:00 - 11:00 Classroom instruction: in Choir Singing and Vocal Awareness
13:00 - 16:00 Lecture: Basic Music History and Music Theory

9:00 - 13:00 Independent study
14:00  - 16:00 Exercises: Living Music: Culture and Media
16:00 -18:00  Exercises: Studies in Music History and Music Theory I

8:00 - 9:00 Lecture: Understanding Arrangements and Instruments
10:00 - 12:00 Classroom instruction: Studies in Music History and Music Theory I
12:00 - 16:00 Independent study

8:00 - 11:00 Lecture: Living Music: Culture and Media
11:00 - 14:00 Independent study
14:00 - 16:00 Classroom instruction: Understanding Arrangements and Instruments

8:00 - 10:00 Exercises: Arrangements and Understanding Instruments
10:00 - 15:00 Independent study

Social life on the musicology programme

As a musicology student, you spend much of your time at Kasernen along with students from the other aesthetics degree programmes, including dramaturgy, comparative literature and rhetoric. There are plenty of opportunities to practice your music in the rehearsal rooms - weekdays, evenings and weekends. You can also participate in a lot of social associations:

At the concert café, you can practice performing - for example songs you will be performing at exams.  The audience will typically be your fellow students.

The degree programme committee

As a member of the the degree programme committee, you will have influence on your study environment, and you help represent your fellow students’ interests in relation to the university’s organs of governance.

Kasernebaren (the bar at Kasernen)
In collaboration with the other aesthetic subjects, the Kasernebaren holds a weekly Friday bar. Here, you have the opportunity to have a couple of cold beers and or soft drinks to the sound of live music -that you might be performing yourself.

Visir is Kasernen’s magazine for students and is aimed at students who like to write. Visor contains pieces that reflect students' interests, from poems and short stories to academic articles and essays.

Studying abroad

As a student of musicology, you can spend a semester studying abroad. For example, you might choose to study in a town with a music scene that interests you. Studying in a foreign country improves your language skills fundamentally, and you get a chance to learn about another culture first-hand. During the last year of your programme, you can take advantage of one of the many exchange agreements between Aarhus University and partner universities all over the world. Get inspiration, guidance and travel lust here.

Commencement of studies

Your time at Aarhus University will begin with an introductory week in week 35 (the last week of August). During this week, you will get an introduction to IT systems, exam forms and degree programme structure and opportunities as well as meeting your teachers. You can read more about your commencement of studies and the introductory week here. On this page, you will also find tips and good advice for new students at Aarhus University.

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Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2016 AU employment survey.

Your career opportunities as graduate of the BA programme depend on what supplementary subjects you take as well as what Master’s degree programme you choose later on.

As a graduate of the Bachelor’s programme in musicology, you have a strong practical and theoretical understanding of music in all its diversity. You have learned how to perform and interpret music at a high level - as a teacher, conductor, musician or writer. Cooperation and ensemble performance are important aspects of music, so you learn how to facilitate cooperation and to understand your own role in an ensemble situation.

Most graduates of the musicology programme work in education, for example in upper secondary schools, seminaries or music schools. You might also work on music-related projects at a cultural institution, or as a voice teacher, choir director or conductor, where you apply what you have learned about music pedagogy.

Supplementary subjects

On the last year of the Bachelor’s degree programme, you must choose a subsidiary subject. You can choose between a wide range of subjects. Here are some examples of what other musicology students have chosen:

  • Supplementary subject in Scandinavian language and literature
  • Supplementary subject in Film and Media
  • Supplementary subject in English

Master’s degree programmes

Most graduates of the Bachelor’s degree programme in musicology chose to do a Master’s degree. You should be aware that specific supplementary subjects can be a prerequisite for admission to some MA programmes. Here are some examples of the options available to graduates of the BA programme:

  • The Master’s degree in musicology, where you gain more advanced knowledge of the many forms of musical performance and practice.
  • The Master’s degree programme in educational theory and curriculum studies (music education), where you gain expertise in the theory and practice of music education in different institutional settings.
  • The Master’s degree programme in digital design, where you learn how to develop and design digital products for a range of platforms.
  • The Master’s degree programme in English, where you become an expert in the English language as well as the culture and society of the English-speaking world.