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Applied Musicology (MA)

Taught in German




The Master's course "Applied Musicology" is a consecutive study programme, which is based on a completed  Bachelor's degree in Musicology. Further information about the admission can be found under "Application"

The Master's course is oriented towards applicability and close to practice. It trains learners for professional work in the areas of empirical music research, popular music and media or presentation of music and, to this end, goes deeply into the necessary knowledge of the subject, skills and methods:

  • In the specialisation field „Empirical Music Research“ students should acquire the necessary theoretical and methodological tools, which qualify them, for example, to advise companies in the targeted use and the financing and marketing of music and to conduct empirical research projects for business and education institutions.
  • In the specialisation field "Popular Music and Media" various dimensions of the medial presentation of popular music, from the old “new media” to the Internet, are the main focus. The students must develop insights into the institutions and structures of communication in the production and reproduction involved and the legal and economic aspects of music in the context of the media.
  • In the specialisation field "Music Education" the students gain an insight into institutions and professional areas of music education, and look at the specific, didactic approach to elements of musical education practice (e.g. concert education, composition education, special-needs education work with music).

What is special about us

Applied Musicology is characterised by an ongoing practical focus on professional training, e.g.:

  • a work placement
  • the semiar "writing workshop"
  • the active and passive participation in scientific conferences.

The selection of one (big) or two (small) elective modules allow you to become even more specialised and to develop an own individulal and academic profile.


Beside a previous knowledge of musicology (see above), students applying should have a good knowledge of English.


An apptitude test is required:  information and registration deadlines

Duration of studies 4 Semester 120 Credit Points (CP)

Duration of Studies

4 Semesters - 120 Credit Points (CP)

Composition of the Study Programme

Duration of studies 4 Semester 120 Credit Points (CP)

Duration of Studies

4 Semesters - 120 Credit Points (CP)

Composition of degree programme

Composition of degree programme

The course of study consists of

  • 7 modules
  • one Thesis module and
  • two elective modules.

(10 cp each)

In order to participate, some elective modules require proof of language proficiency or an aptitude test. Please check the module descriptions beforehand.

Due to an eight week work placement, students gain insights in the everyday working life of a musicologist.

The course of study finishes with the submission of the Master's thesis and an oral examination. Beside the thesis, the thesis module also contains a 60 minute oral examination and a colloquium.


Module 01: Contemporary Music II 1.-3. Semester 10 cp
Modul 02: Practical in Professional Field 1.-3. Semester 10 cp
Modul 03: Historical Musicology II 1.-3. Semester 10 cp
Modul 05: Systematic Musicology III 1.-3. Semester 10 cp

specialisation module I (a, b or c)

a) Module 08: Empirical Music Research

b) Module 10: Popular Music and the Media

c) Module 12: Music Mediation

1.-3. Semester 10 cp

Specialisation module II (a, b oder c)

a) Module 09: Empirical Music Research

b) Module 11:Popular Music and the Media

c) Module 13: Music Mediation

2.-4. Semester 10 cp
Modul 14: Profiling 1.-4. Semester 10 cp
Module 15: Master-Thesis 3.-4. Semester 10 cp
Elective module 1 - Module 1 1.-3. Semester 10 cp
Elective module 2 - Module 1 1.-3. Semester 10 cp

Further Information

A description of the core- and specialisation modules can be found in the special regulations with module descriptions and module plans (in German)

More on this... ("Spezielle Ordnung")


Courses offered in the course catalogue


Commencement of Studies in the Winter and Summer Semester

Commencement of studies

Summer semester and winter semester

Application: Entrance requirements

Entrance requirements

The requirement for acceptance into the Master course is to have completed a Bachelor's degree with a relevant subject profile (or an equivalent qualification).

For admission into the Master's degree programme the following Bachelor degree programmes are recognised:

  • Music
  • Music Education
  • History and Culture with Music or Music Education as the main subjects.

Over and above this the following academic qualifications will be recognized as comparable qualifications for admission:

  • Teaching Qualification for Grammar Schools with Music as the main subject.
  • Cultural Studies with Music as the main subject.
  • Media Studies with Music as the main subject.

The board of examiners can also recognize other degree courses as equivalent on the basis of an individual test in the framework of the application and admission procedure or a pass in a course entrance test. In special cases the board of examiners may additionally require that for acceptance into the Master's course for Applied Musicology adaptation modules are to be completed.



An apptitude test is required:  information and registration deadlines

Application not limited

Application for admission and registration

  • The intake capacity of this degree programme is not limited internally by the university.
  • Applications must be received by the JLU Student Secretariat by 15th January for the summer semester and 15th July for the winter semester. More on this...
  • Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad. Read more...

Career Options

Career options

Career options

Due to the well-based theoretical basis and the knowledge of methodical approaches, a broad professional spectrum opens up to you after your Master's degree. Areas of employment lie in particular in the cultural sector, communication and further training, but also partly in the economy and trade.

  • If you choose the specialisation area "Empirical Music Research" you are particularly qualified for jobs in research institutions of universities and music colleges, in advertising agencies and in cultural departments of corporations.
  • The specialisation field "Popular Music and Media" qualifies you especially for activities in editorial work, music management as well as to work in businesses of recording production, -sales or -publishing.
  • After completing your studies in the field of "Music Education" you will have the opportunity to work in cultural and educational institutions as well as in book and music production, distribution or publishing companies.


Doctoral Studies at JLU

Doctorate possible with a Master's degree


Graduate Centres

International Giessen Graduate Centre for Humanities



Information about studying at Justus Liebig University Giessen (incomings)


Contact persons of faculty 03

International Office
General counseling of international students
Dr. Saltanat Rakhimzhanova, Patrycja Zakrzewska

Goethestr. 58, Room 38
35390 Giessen

Contact and office hours

International pages

Please have a look at our International Pages for more information in English.

Further Information

Further Information: Documents

PDF documents for the courses of study

Examination- and study regulations


Courses offered in the course catalogue

International pages

Please have a look at our International Pages for more information in English.

Any Questions

Any Questions?

Information- and advisory services of JLU can be found under the category “contact” on this page!


Subject Advisor

Jennifer Nowak (geb. Klotz)

Jennifer Nowak (geb. Klotz)
Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Musikpädagogik
Philosophikum II, house D, room 012
Karl-Glöckner-Strasse 21
35394 Giessen
Tel.: +49 641 - 99 25113

office hours: by appointment


Central Study Advisor

Natascha Koch
Central Student Services

Directions and welcome desk