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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.

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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: €1350 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.

Study course structure


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

Exchange programmes and internships

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).



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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Application and Admission

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.

Early Bird Application

Application: 01/03 - 28/04/2022 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 17 - 18/03/2022 (registrations 1 - 10/03/2022) and 13 - 14 and 19 - 21/04/2022 (registrations 24/03 - 05/04/2022) 
Admission exam: 12/05/2022
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 17/05/2022
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 27/05/2022 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 13/07 - 14/10/2022 (by noon local time) 

Late Application

Application: 19/05 - 23/08/2022 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 27/06 - 02/07/2022 (registrations 19/05 - 20/06/2022) and 25/07/2022 (registrations 08 - 18/07/2022)
Admission exam: 30/08/2022
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 06/09/2022
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 13/09/2022 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 27/07 - 14/10/2022 (by noon local time) 

Preparatory courses and Freshers Days

Mathematics pre-course: 22/08 - 02/09/2022
Intensive language courses: 05 - 23/09/2022 (Monday to Friday, 8 h/day)
Freshers Days: 26 - 27/09/2022

1st semester

Classes: 26/09 - 23/12/2022
Exams (extraordinary session): 15 - 23/12/2022
Holidays: 24/12/2022 - 08/01/2023
Classes: 09/01 - 21/01/2023
Exams: 23/01 - 18/02/2023

2nd semester

Classes: 27/02 - 06/04/2023
Holidays: 07/04 - 10/04/2023
Classes: 11/04 - 10/06/2023
Exams (extraordinary session): 17 - 27/05/2023
Exams: 12/06 - 08/07/2023

Autumn session

Exams: 28/08 - 30/09/2023

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).

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