Two universities and two curricula, three languages, a precious asset to be preserved and transmitted.
This Master, the only one in Italy with a multilingual approach, trains you to become a specialist in the field of musical heritage and its cultural dissemination.
This inter-university MA, offered by the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and the University of Trento, allows you to specialize in two distinct fields:
The lecturers come from three different cultural and linguistic areas and will guide you along your academic path, introducing you to the world of education, research and transmission of knowledge in the field of music.
Degree class: LM-45
ECTS credits: 120
Duration of the course: 2 years
Courses will be taught in: Italian, German and English (trilingual)
Places available: 30 EU + 3 non-EU
Campus: Brixen-Bressanone and Trento
Tuition fees: €748.50 per year
You will attend the first year of study, common to both curricula and mainly in English, at the Faculty of Education in Brixen-Bressanone. The main subjects are: musical education, music making and music learning, ethnomusicology, paleography and musical philology and cultural anthropology.
The second year, you will have to decide whether to continue in Brixen-Bressanone, with a curriculum in Communicating Music (Musikvermittlung) that focuses on subjects such as history of theatre and performing arts, exegesis of musical sources or pedagogy, or in Trento, with a curriculum in Philology of Music, focused on disciplines such as modern and contemporary composition stylistics, musical dramaturgy, history and criticism of art or codicology. A wide choice of optional courses will allow you to steer the path towards your interests.
Currently we offer exchange programmes with partner universities all over the world and have an extensive network of internship cooperations in Italy and abroad (e.g. Orchestra Filarmonica di Bologna, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Bolzano International Piano Competition Busoni).
My name is Franka Luise Deister and I come from Germany. What I particularly like about the Master in Musicology is the internationality and interdisciplinarity of our study programme and the wonderful mentoring relationship with our teachers. Within the programme, we have created the Music Point, a series of meetings in which students and teachers share and experiment together practices of transferring knowledge and learning of music. This gives us a real chance to make music together and share our passion with others!
Graduates can work as experts in the field of music education and its cultural dissemination (for example in concert institutions and in teaching), or in archives and music libraries and in specialized publishing. You might also decide to continue your studies by undertaking a PhD.
You can find all you need to know in order to apply and gain admission to this study programme by browsing through the information below.
Application: 01/03 - 28/04/2021 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 18 - 19/03/2021 (registrations 1 - 11/03/2021) and 15 - 21/04/2021 (registrations 26/03 - 08/04/2021)
Admission exam: 07/05/2021
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 17/05/2021
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 27/05/2021 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 14/07 - 15/10/2021 (by noon local time)
Application: 19/05 - 24/08/2021 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 28/06 - 03/07/2021 (registrations 19/05 - 20/06/2021) and 27/07/2021 (registrations 10 - 20/07/2021)
Admission exam: 30/08/2021
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 03/09/2021
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 10/09/2021 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 04/09 - 15/10/2021 (by noon local time)
Intensive language courses: 06 - 24/09/2021 (Monday to Friday, 8 h/day)
Freshers Days: 27 - 28/09/2021
Classes: 27/09 - 23/12/2021
Exams (extraordinary session): 13 - 23/12/2021
Holidays: 24/12/2021 - 09/01/2022
Classes: 10/01 - 22/01/2022
Exams: 24/01 - 19/02/2022
Classes: 28/02 - 14/04/2022
Holidays: 15/04 - 18/04/2022
Classes: 19/04 - 11/06/2022
Exams (extraordinary session): 16 - 28/05/2022
Exams: 13/06 - 09/07/2022
Exams: 22/08 - 24/09/2022
EU citizens and citizens given parity of treatment
Early Bird Application: 25
Late Application: 5
Non-EU citizens (living abroad)
Early Bird Application: 3
The programme will only be offered if a minimum of 7 newly enrolled students is reached.
To gain admission to this programme you need one of the following qualifications:
The credit points listed above must have been acquired before the interview.
If you have not yet graduated at the time of application: you can apply, but you will be admitted conditionally and you need to submit your diploma by the enrolment deadline.
If you graduate after the enrolment deadline: you cannot enrol and you will lose your place, which will be offered to the subsequent applicant in the ranking list. In this case you should not pay the tuition fees to secure your admission. You will be able to submit a late enrolment request and, only if there still are available places, you can enrol by 17 December 2021.
To be admitted you must also:
Concurrent enrolment at several universities or in several study programme at the same university is not allowed.
The official teaching languages are German, Italian and English. Therefore, the following language requirements apply, otherwise you will be excluded from the admission procedure:
Entry level (to gain admission)
1st language: C1
2nd language: B2
3rd language: no level required
Exit level (to graduate)
1st language: C1
2nd language: C1
3rd language: B1
The levels of the Common European Framework of Reference apply.
Your first language is the language in which you have the highest level of proficiency (C1). Your third language is instead the language in which you are weaker (or in which you are an absolute beginner).
You can demonstrate your language proficiency in the application portal (in the section “upload language certificates” and/or “enrol for language exams”) after you have created an application in the section “create/manage applications”. The certification is mandatory for the first and second language, for the third language it is recommended (from B1 onwards).
You can demonstrate language proficiency through:
Information regarding the structure of the language proficiency exams, their duration, their administration, and typical processing time for the publication of the results can be found on the following webpage: https://www.unibz.it/en/services/language-centre/language-exams/.
Secondary schools in a foreign country/Bi- or multilingual schools
If the foreign language proficiency levels (for German, Italian, or English) are explicitly indicated on the diploma of graduation according to the Common European Framework of Reference (i.e., B1, B2 or C1), and if all four language abilities (reading, listening, speaking, writing) have been assessed, then the indicated levels will be accepted as a proof of proficiency for the second and/or third language.
Please upload your school-leaving certificate to the application portal in the section “upload language certificates” under the respective language. The Language Centre will decide on its recognition.
Third language/Intensive language courses in September
If you have already acquired a language certificate in the third teaching language, please upload it to the portal. If you are not able to certify your language competence in the third language and you are admitted to unibz, you will have to take a placement test. You will receive further information about the test by e-mail. Based on the result of the placement test, you will be assigned to a certain learning path so that you will be able to reach level B1 as soon as possible.
If you are an absolute beginner in the third language, or if you have a level below B1, you may attend a three-week intensive language course during the pre-semester session in September in order to start the learning path.
The dates of the extensive courses are indicated in the “Deadlines” section. Beginner courses (A1) will be offered exclusively during the pre-semester intensive course session in September will no longer be offered during the academic year. Therefore, absolute beginners should start their learning path for the third language by attending the intensive courses in September.
There will be extensive courses (4 hours per week) during the semesters and intensive courses (8 hours per week) during the time between semesters.
The language courses offered by the Language Centre are free of charge and aim to help the students reach the level B1 in the third language after the first study year.
Your application must be submitted online through the Application Portal. The deadlines are indicated in the “Deadlines” section.
Please note: Mendacious declarations will be criminally prosecuted and will result in the automatic exclusion from the ranking list.
You might apply for more than one study programme. If you are excluded in the first session, you might apply again in the second one.
Considered as equivalent are:
Only one application period is offered. After the deadline it is not possible to apply anymore. Application fee: € 30.
Once the ranking list has been published, if you have gained admission, secure it by paying the first instalment and then start your visa application on the Universitaly portal. The application on Universitaly is mandatory, otherwise you will not be allowed to enrol. On Universitaly you can apply for one study programme only.
The admission exams will take place in telematic form. We will send you all the necessary information right after the end of the registration period. However, already now we ask you to make sure that you have a computer and internet access for the days of the entrance exam. Your computer must have a camera and a microphone so that the exam commission can hear and see you.
As you know, in order to take part to the admission exam you must also meet the language requirements.
We are available to answer any questions you may have.
The admission procedure is based on the following criteria:
In the event of equal scores, the younger applicant will have priority.
The Admission Committee will only evaluate the documents uploaded in the portal by the application deadline. The ranking lists with the admitted students will be published here and are only valid for the respective academic year.
If you have been admitted to more than one study programme, you can only secure your admission in one of them. Doing so you refrain from the admission to other programmes.
1. Choose the study programme and pay the fees (to secure your admission) in the application portal.
The deadlines are indicated in the “Deadlines” section.
If you do not meet this deadline, you will automatically be excluded and the next applicant in the ranking list will be admitted.
For EU citizens and citizens given parity of treatment only: any remaining places of the early bird application, will be offered in the late application.
Please note that you do not gain full student status by only paying the tuition fees. This status will only be acquired upon enrolment. If you have secured your admission, there will be no refund of the tuition fees unless you do not pass your secondary school final exam or, in the event of non-EU applicants living abroad, you do not receive the documents necessary for enrolment from the Italian authorities in your country.
2. Enrol online in the application portal.
The deadlines are indicated in the “Deadlines” section.
Enrolment is recommended as early as possible, so you have the possibility to upload incomplete documents before the deadline.
If you do not meet the enrolment deadline, you will be excluded and the next applicant in the ranking list will be admitted.
Admission with reservation:
If you do not have the required academic qualification, you will be given a conditional offer for a study place and you must submit your qualification upon enrolment. If you achieve your qualification after the enrolment deadline, you cannot enrol, and you will lose your place which will be offered to the subsequent applicant in the ranking list. Advice: If you achieve your qualification after the enrolment deadline, you should not pay the tuition fees to confirm the study place. You will be able to submit a late enrolment request and, only if there are study places still available, you can enrol by 17 December 2021.
If you have gained your qualification abroad, you must certify that at the universities in the country where you gained your qualification, you can access to a study programme similar to that chosen at unibz. Therefore you must upload (if not uploaded upon application):
and one of the following:
Please note that if you do not possess a valid admission qualification, you could be excluded with Rector’s decree even after enrolment.
If you are a non-EU citizen living abroad:
If you are eligible for admission (check the ranking lists) and have also applied on Universitaly, the Italian Authorities in your own country will issue you the entry visa for studies/university.
This will allow you to arrive in Italy to enrol for the study programme that you have applied for, after passing the admission procedure.
According to Italian law, within 8 working days of your arrival in Italy, you must have applied for the residence permit: as soon as you arrive, get in touch with the Advisory Service and you will be given the necessary information for starting the procedure.
Once you will obtain your residence permit (permesso di soggiorno), you have to hand it in at the Student Secretariat personally or via e-mail.
Students intending to transfer from another Italian University to unibz must submit to the Student Secretariat - at the beginning of the academic year - a copy of the transfer application presented at the university of provenance.
Fees amount to € 748.50.
Delayed payment of the second instalment will result in a fine being levied. If you have not paid the tuition fees, you will be unable to take exams and will not be able to transfer to other universities or other study programmes.
If you drop out of a programme, interrupt your studies or are excluded from studies, you are not entitled to reimbursement of the fees.
Exemption from the tuition fees (and the provincial tax) is granted to:
Students who benefit from a scholarship granted by the Autonomous Province of Bozen-Bolzano are entitled to receive a refund of the tuition fees.
Credit points from previous university studies can only be recognised after enrolment if the exams taken at the university of provenance are equivalent in content to those offered at unibz. You can fill out the application after enrolment at your Faculty Secretariat.
The Advisory Service provides support regarding your choice of study. In many cases a simple call or a short request is enough to get the relevant information (Tel. +39 0471 012100).