Faculty of PhilosophyMusicology – Bachelor 50%

The musicology programme deals with music in all its theoretical and practical forms and contexts. The main focus of Heidelberg University’s Department of Musicology is the scientific study of European music history from antiquity until today. 

Facts & Formalities

DegreeBachelor of Arts
Type of programmeUndergraduate
Start of programmeWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study6 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman
Fees and contributions151.05 € / Semester
Application procedureSubjects with no admission restrictions
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Part-time optionYes

Course Content

The Bachelor’s degree programme Musicology is a structured academic programme with a broad range of topics qualifying graduates to enter a profession. At the same time, however, it can also be considered the first stage in a three-tier academic education in musicology. Students can subsequently also enrol in the consecutive Master’s degree programme Musicology and the doctoral programme in musicology. 

The core areas of the programme are 

  • acquisition of academic techniques and methods as well as fundamental skills in dealing with musical texts and music-historical sources 
  • acquisition of a broad range of repertoire skills and knowledge in connection with an overview of the entirety of western music history as well as the study of selected specialist areas from various historical periods 

The programme is supplemented by the acquisition of cross-disciplinary skills.

Course Structure

The Bachelor’s degree in Musicology at 50% is a modular programme. It consists of compulsory courses, compulsory elective courses and electives. The compulsory courses (BaSe) include ‘Composition Theory and Ear Training I’, ‘Analysis I’, ‘Basic Principles and Methods of Musicology’, ‘Notation’ as well as the basic course ‘Music History I–IV’ which is taken over the course of four semesters. 

Despite the relatively strict structure of the programme, students nonetheless have a multitude of potential electives to choose from. To this end, students can select from a wide range of courses in the music history modules (MuSe) every semester. The elective courses (ChoSe) offer students further options to individualise their degree.  

The cross-disciplinary skills (ÜK) courses are designed to enable students to acquire professional skills, interdisciplinary skills, intercultural skills as well as organisational, pedagogical and social skills.  

The Master’s thesis is to be written in the 6th semester if students are enrolled in musicology as their 1st major subject.   

In order to successfully complete the academic programme, students should ideally have practical experience with music, an interest in historic connections as well as basic knowledge of harmony, counterpoint and score reading.