Musicology students in class. Photo


Musicology - Bachelor's Programme

The language of instruction in this programme is Norwegian. Read more about the programme on the Norwegian website. 

Musicology provides knowledge of various historical eras and genres within music.

The diversity of music is placed in context with musical analysis and interpretation, acoustic studies, the understanding of history and culture, studies of music and society, and music in interplay with other art forms. Genres such as classical-, jazz- and popular music, as well as folk and world music, will be emphasized.

In itself, music is a wide concept that embraces an abundance of acoustic, artistic and cultural expressions. Musicology as a discipline aims to develop an understanding and acknowledgment of music and its associated phenomena of expression.

About the programme

The programme of study in Musicology emphasises analysis of musical expressions in relation to their aesthetic characteristics, as well as their cultural and historical origins. Substantial objects of analyses include forms of music and traditions that we encounter at concerts and festivals, rituals and services, and in the media at large. Central works from European music history and recordings of essential performers of jazz and popular music will be analysed. Students will be provided with a practical approach to Musicology through a number of technical skills and proficiency of the disciplines.

The practical approach to the study of music is received through instruction on the principal instrument, in aural training, choral conducting and improvisation.

In order to be considered as a successful applicant, the student must document that s/he is a qualified music performer. The programme has an annual practical and theoretical entrance entrance test in May.

The language of instruction in this programme is Norwegian

You have to meet the Norwegian language requirements, or have a Scandinavian language as your mother tongue, if you want to apply to any of NTNU’s degree programmes taught in Norwegian.

You also must meet the basic requirement for admission, and demonstrate that you meet the English language requirements.

The application deadline for the programme is April 15th. Students apply through Samordna Opptak.

E-mail address for questions about admissions:

The faculty of Humanities offer a wide range of courses taught in English in our various fields of studies, both at bachelor's and master's level.

If you have questions about the study programme, you may contact student advisor: Cecilie Dibbern Lydersen

Contact the Department of Music at E-mail:

The academic year at NTNU is divided into two semesters: autumn and spring, autumn being the first semester in a new academic year.

The autumn semester starts in August and ends in December.
The spring semester starts in January and ends in June.

The Department of Music has about 470 degree seeking students:
Musicology (140), Music Performance Studies (200), Dance Studies (30) and Music Technology (100). It has 37 teachers in permanent positions and 110 part-time teachers. The administrative staff consists of 13 employees.