Master of Music in Applied Music Theory

Programme Length

2 years (120 ECTS credits)

Language of Instruction

Norwegian or English

Application Deadline

15 December. NOTE: Not announced for 2019!

Application and auditions

Programme Description

The focus is on music as a sound phenomenon, and the programme includes such specialization fields as Sound Analysis, Aural Training, Music History and Musical Thinking, Composition Techniques and Musical Work Analysis. The programme provides a comprehensive background for students wishing to pursue a career in Music Research or teaching Music Theory.

The programme consists of the following parts:

  • Theoretical topics (30 ECTS)
  • Master thesis (60 ECTS)
  • Subsidiary and elective courses (30 ECTS)

The thesis or dissertation must be an original piece of work on a chosen subject documented in writing and possibly, when appropriate, including sound. The applicant is expected to be well orientated and informed in the subject area in which he or she wishes to specialize. This will be assessed during the entrance examinations.

Curriculum for Master of Applied Music Theory enrolment 2018 (in Norwegian)

Admission Requirements

Admission to the programme requires a bachelor's degree with minimum 120 ECTS credits in music generally or 90 ECTS credits in musicology. There is a limited number of study places available. In addition to formal academic requirements, applicants must complete entrance exams and auditions in order to be considered for admission. (NB: This study is not advertised for the academic year 2019/2020, because it is currently being revised.)

Application and auditions for Master of Music in Applied Music Theory


If you have questions about applications and auditions, please contact:

Tel: +47 23 36 70 00 (Phone time 12.00-15.00 Monday-Friday)

Contact your programme leader if you have any questions about the academic content of your study programme.

Programme Leader


Anders Tykesson


Music Theory