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Why choose this programme option?

Nordic Music is an intensive two-year Master’s programme option that invites students to expand their knowledge of music of the Nordic regions and topics related to this music.

A wide range of music and topics

Join an international group of students in critically engaging with issues of national and Nordic identity, history, culture, social systems, and contemporary thought. From National Romanticism and Grieg, to folk music, jazz, contemporary music and black metal, Nordic Music offers opportunity for specialisation in a wide range of music and topics. Our teaching is closely tied to research in the Department and is delivered by academic staff who are experts in their fields. The programme will equip students with the research skills required to write a dissertation on a topic of their choice within the sphere of Nordic music.

Nordic identity, style and genre?

Nordic Music takes as point of departure themes related to the culture and social-political climate of the Nordic regions. Music plays a crucial role in identity-building and provides a lens through which to understand the subjective and collective identities of the Nordic regions. At the same time, Nordic Music seeks to expand on and challenge established notions of identity, style and genre in a musical context, and to explore the significance of Nordic music from a global perspective.

Nordic Music is thoroughly cross-disciplinary in its approach and embraces a range of methodologies – from cultural studies, music sociology, music aesthetics, music history and analysis to gender studies, performativity and music psychology – connecting current themes and questions to the music and artistic expressions associated with the Nordic regions.

Why study with us?

The Department of Musicology at the University of Oslo is the largest musicology institution in the Nordic region. The Department provides research-based teaching on all levels within a broad range of subjects and perspectives pertaining to musicology. A large proportion of our research is directed towards music and themes related the Nordic regions. We offer excellent facilities, including access to advanced music software and editing tools, state-of-the-art recording and mixing studios, rehearsal rooms, instrument park, a motion capture laboratory and much more.

Student-oriented teaching

Our teaching methods incorporate a range of digital tools and resources both in teaching and assessment, and strong emphasis is placed on interaction, discussion, workshops, collaboration with fellow students and close supervision from specialist teaching staff.

The Nordic Music option results in the degree Master in Musicology.

Target group of the programme

The programme is aimed at students with a Bachelor’s degree in musicology or a Bachelor’s degree in another subject (of which at least 30 ECTS should be in musicology).

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Learning outcomes

Knowledge

The candidate

  • has advanced knowledge of music of the Nordic regions from National Romanticism to folk music and contemporary music, and of cultural, social, and political topics related to this music, as well as specialist insight on a specific theme related to Nordic music.
  • has thorough knowledge of theories and methodologies within musicology and Nordic music (e.g. cultural studies, music sociology, music aesthetics, music history, music analysis, gender studies, performativity and music psychology).
  • can apply his/her knowledge in new areas within musicology, and analyse principal musicological issues as related to Nordic music and the aesthetic, historical, contextual or perceptual/cognitive aspects of music.

Skills

The candidate can

  • address and analyse musicological research, research traditions, and methodical and theoretical issues and their implications in the study of music of the Nordic regions.
  • navigate and employ data from a range of databases and library catalogues, and to structure and formulate discourses drawing on a range of musicological source materials.
  • conceive hypotheses and theories based on given topics, and locate and employ relevant literature in the planning and realisation of written work within a specified field of study.
  • analyse and critically engage with scholarly texts and aesthetic, historical, contextual and/or perceptual/cognitive approaches in the study of music.
  • work independently with a topic or issue related to Nordic music and address complex musicological issues in correspondence with ethical norms related to verifiability and integrity in research.

General Competence

The candidate can

  • reflect on ethical issues related to their own musicological research and the research of others.
  • apply his/her knowledge and skills in Nordic music in new areas, in order to carry out advanced musicological assignments and projects.
  • communicate advanced, independent and original ideas cogently, using musicological terminology.
  • address and discuss musicological issues with specialists and in the public arena both orally and written.
  • contribute new perspectives and/or innovation in the field of musicology and Nordic music.

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