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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Master in


Two universities and two curricula, three languages, a precious asset to be preserved and transmitted.

Course description

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:

  • Music Philology,
  • Communicating Music (Musikvermittlung).

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.

At a glance

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: €1.347,50 per year

Course structure

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.


Degree Course director: Prof. Franz Comploi (photo)
Student representative in the Course Council: --

Exchange programmes and internships

Currently we offer exchange programmes with more than 30 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).

Franka Luise Deister


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!

Career opportunities

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. 


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To be admitted you must demonstrate a level of knowledge equal to C1 in the first language and B2 in the second. If you do not hold a recognised language certificate, you can take a language exam at unibz.

Graduates who have acquired at least 18 ECTS credits in the scientific-disciplinary fields L-ART/07 (Musicology and history of music) and L-ART/08 (Ethnomusicology), as well as bachelor graduates of the Conservatory (provided they have a secondary school diploma or other qualification obtained abroad and deemed suitable) may be admitted to the inter-university MA. In addition, holders of a foreign qualification recognised as suitable by the admission committee may be admitted.

Students who do not have the ECTS credits required for admission can acquire them free of charge at the University of Trento by taking single subject courses. If you are interested, please contact Marco Uvietta (

Selection Criteria
Individual interview and possible work experience in the field of music and musicology.

Online Application
Early Bird - for EU and non-EU citizens: 1 March - 26 April 2019, noon 
Late Application - for EU citizens only: 20 May - 20 August 2019, noon.


Admission exam
Early Bird: 13 May 2019
Late application: 5 September 2019

 Publication Ranking Lists

Early Bird: by 17 May 2019
Late Application: by 10 September 2019

More info in the Study Manifesto.

Contact us by phone at +390471012100 or fill in the request form.

The Faculty offers consultancy sessions for the recognition of exams of your previous degree. Further information in German and Italian.

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Study Manifesto

Regulation (only in Italian and German)

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