Master of Arts Musicology and Master of Arts Musicology/Specialisation in Film Music


The degree course is aimed at students with research interests in the various contexts of music. The objective of the degree course is the acquisition of research competence in the field of musicology. By providing a specialisation in film music research, the Rostock University of Music and Drama (hmt Rostock) offers a special study profile for film music enthusiasts that complements the underlying master’s degree in musicology.

Student Marie Luise Voß about studying musicology at hmt Rostock (only available in German)


The master’s degree Musicology and the master’s degree Musicology with a Specialisation in Film Music are provided as full-time degree courses that are taught on site by hmt Rostock in cooperation with the University of Rostock. Thanks to the Erich Wolfgang Korngold Collection (EWK WA) [de], which is situated at hmt Rostock, the University provides an innovative research environment, as well as specific practice orientation in the field of multimedia research and publishing.


  • Type of studies: (second) master’s degree, consecutive master’s degree possible with relevant undergraduate studies, full-time
  • The master’s degree Musicology is studied at the Rostock University of Music and Drama and the University of Rostock.
  • Specialisation in film studies is optional
  • Standard length of study: 4 semesters
  • Start of studies: in both summer and winter semesters
  • Application period: 1 March to 15 April for a start of studies in winter semester, 1 October to 15 November for a start of studies in summer semester
  • Degree: Master of Arts M.A.
  • Final examination: master’s dissertation with presentation as part of a master’s colloquium
  • Flyer for the degree course [de]
  • Teaching staff musicology [de]


• Historical musicology
• Film music


• History of music
• Music and interdisciplinarity
• Music as a medium
• Music in its various contexts
• Music and politics
• Popular music
• Music in cultural context

Complemented by:

• Internship at an institution in the music sector
• Master’s project

Elective modules:

• Instrumental or vocal tuition up to 4 semesters
• Taking part in the University’s ensembles up to 4 semesters
• Arts and cultural studies at the University of Rostock’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Students are taught the various perspectives of the subject’s history and methods common to work in the field of musicology, also covering current discourse in musicology, cultural and media studies. The scientific work is supported by interdisciplinary approaches and complemented by active participation in music classes/musical ensembles.

Students must complete a research internship at an institution that belongs to the music scene (e.g. academic research and publishing, library, archive, museum, concert hall, society or festival). The results are compiled in a final report and shown in a presentation.

Course schedule Master Musicology [de] (only available in German)

Course schedule Master Musicology, specialisation in Film Music [de] (only available in German)

Study and subject examination regulations and description of modules [de]

Study objective

The study objective is to provide students with research competence in the field of musicology through a broad range of courses and strong practical orientation. The master’s in Musicology with a specialisation in film music aims to provide students with a specialisation in the field of film music research.


Special characteristics of the degree course

hmt Rostock’s degree course in Musicology distinguishes itself through the possible specialisation in the fields of historical musicology or film music that is taught in a lively academic and artistic exchange. Thanks to the connection to the University of Rostock and the interchange of musical theory and practice provided by instrumental or vocal tuition, students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge in interdisciplinary fields of research.

Musicology at hmt Rostock is closely linked to the working groups compiling the Erich Wolfgang Korngold Collection in Berlin (Humboldt-Universität) and Frankfurt am Main (Goethe University). The department also collaborates with other international higher education institutions in various research contexts.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the degree course find jobs in academic research, teaching and publication, archives, libraries and museums, music journalism, as well as editing at publishing houses and labels. Furthermore, the master’s degree course qualifies graduates to take on tasks in the organisation of festivals and concerts, in the institutional dramaturgy departments of opera houses and concert halls, as well as the teaching of music.


Admission requirements
  • Higher education degree in musicology or a related discipline 
  • An interview is held to ascertain the applicants’ academic interests
  • Foreign applicants who are not native speakers of German must prove sufficient German language skills for their degree course. The master’s in Musicology requires German language skills at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), the language competence of the applicants will be checked during the interview.


Entrance Examination

Please upload an academic piece of writing (bachelor's dissertation or equivalent) in either German or English from March 1 - April 15 at the latest for the following winter semester or from
October 1 - November 15 at the latest for the following summer semester to the application portal.

You will receive the result of the entrance examination part 1 via email. 

If you wish to take instrumental or singing lessons during your study (not mandatory)
Please upload a video with your artistic performance. The video should start with a short introduction (your name, your applicant number, name of the piece you will be performing). The video does not have to be produced professionally. Videos recorded with mobile phones are expressly permitted. However, your performance must be clearly visible and audible. Ideally, the camera frame should show the whole person from their front. Length: approx. 10 min.

If applicants play an instrument, they should present two works (from different eras) of medium difficulty; if they wish to sing, they must perform a Volkslied, an art song and an aria.

The presentation is not part of the aptitude test. It has the purpose to ascertain the level of your artistic abilities.

We are looking forward to receiving your application!


Click here for the ONLINE APPLICATION and the dates of the APTITUDE TEST.

A fee of 50 Euro is charged for processing your application for admission. Please transfer this amount when you submit your application.


Mrs Dörtje Peters
Head of the student administration
fon +49 381 5108 220
fax +49 381 5108 201

Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Friederike Wißmann
Program Management
fon +49 381 5108 126

Dr. Janette Kranz
University of Rostock
Student advisory service of the Faculty of Philosophy
August-Bebel-Str. 28 | R9022
fon +49 381 498 2010

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