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The PhD Pro­gramme in Music Research

This programme provides a professional education in music research that will enable you to contribute to academic development within your research field at national and international level.

About the PhD programme in Music Research

The PhD programme is a full-time study over three years and consists of a training component and independent research work (dissertation). The program leads to the degree PhD.

Candidates can specialise in one of the following areas:

  1. Music Education/Educational Research in Music
  2. Music Therapy/Music and Health
  3. Practice-orientated Musicology (including Performance Practice and Music Theory)

Admission requirements

If you have a master's degree in the field you are applying for or a closely related subject area, you can apply for admission to the PhD programme in performance practice, music education, and music therapy at the Norwegian Academy of Music.


In the first part of the programme, you will study, among other things, the philosophy of science, methods, ethics and research dissemination. The programme includes lectures, supervision, independent work and active participation.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of the program, you will have acquired systematic knowledge within your research area. You are proficient in scholarly writing and ethical standards for research. You have gained a comprehensive understanding of the theory and methods used in music research, and you can conduct research independently and in collaboration with others. Your research results will be disseminated as a monograph or a collection of articles included in the Academy's publication series.

After completing your studies, you are qualified to work in various roles, including research and teaching positions in higher education, as well as in development work within cultural organizations.

Which program should you choose?

The Norwegian Academy of Music offers two PhD programs:

1) A PhD program comprising three major fields of study: (a) Music Education/Educational Research in Music, (b) Music Therapy/Music and Health, and (c) Practice-oriented Musicology. The latter can, among others, include Performance Practice and Music Theory.

2) A PhD program in Artistic Research in Music.

In the following, we would like to explain the differences and similarities between the two PhD programs. In particular, understanding the relationship between performance practice (part of practice-oriented musicology) and artistic research can be challenging, and the following text is specifically for those with a background qualifying for both programs.

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Published: Mar 13, 2020 — Last updated: Jun 24, 2024