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Bachelor's Programme Music Studies

Faculty Faculty of Philosophy and History
Duration/ ECTS-Credits 6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Qualification Level Bachelor (First Cycle )
ISCED-11: Level 6, EQF/NQF: Level 6
ISCED-F 0215 Music and Performing Arts
Mode of Study Full-Time
Study Code UC 033 636
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2022W)*
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent and Language Certificates
Supplemental Examination Supplemental examination in Latin is required before completion of the bachelor's degree programme if this subject was not completed satisfactorily with at least 10 credit hours at a higher-level secondary school.

* Information on the Curriculum (2022W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies
 available at:
  Section: Current Curriculum version.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

(1) Within the scope of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage, which takes place in the first semester, the following course examinations must be passed:

  1. SL Einführung in die Historische und Systematische Musikwissenschaft (CM 1 lit. a/4 h/10 ECTS-Credits)
  2. SL Einführung in die Musikethnologie (PM 1 lit. b/2SSt/5 ECTS-AP)

(2) Successful passing of all exams of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage entitles to passing all further courses and examinations as well as to writing the Bachelor's Thesis.

(3) Before successful completion of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage courses amounting to 15 ECTS-Credits may be passed. The requirements specified in the curriculum must be met.

General Information

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 6 semesters or 180 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

First Semester »

17.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Introduction to Historical, Systematic and Ethnological Music Research
12.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Musical Composition and Music Analysis

Second Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Epochs of Musical History I
20.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Ethnology of Music

Third Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Epochs of Musical History II
15.0 ECTS-Credits: CM History of Jazz and Popular Music
5.0 ECTS-Credits: EM Applied Musicology

Fourth Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Epochs of Musical History III
10.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Music and Media
10.0 ECTS-Credits: EM Introduction to Women and Gender Studies

Fifth Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Epochs of Musical History IV
10.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Seminars in Musical History and Comparative Systematics
10.0 ECTS-Credits: EM Interdisciplinary Skills

Sixth Semester »

16.0 ECTS-Credits: Bachelor's Thesis
2.0 ECTS-Credits: EM Artistic Practice I and II
2.0 ECTS-Credits: EM Artistic Practice III
11.0 ECTS-Credits: EM Individual Choice of Specialisation

Graphic Chart »

BA Musikwissenschaft 22w_en

Qualification Profile and Skills

Graduates of the Bachelor’s Programme Music Studies have basic knowledge in the subareas of this discipline, with special attention to the field of historical musicology. Graduates are able to individually aquire and assess subject-specific information. They are qualified to adapt scientific knowledge for professional practice. They are trained for targeted reflection on individual culturally marked access which is required for critically evaluate music and statements on music. Moreover, they aquire the competence to process scientific evidence in a generally understandable way and to impart it verbally and in writing, to work bibliographically and documentary as well as to deal with technical media required for transfering scientific issues and knowledge.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates are able to elaborate, evaluate and implement scientific developments in the field of musicological research and to apply the skills required in interdisciplinary contexts. They possess scientifically well-founded theoretical and methodical problem-solving skills.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Future occupational fields of graduates are to be found in:

  1. music collections and music-related documentation facilities
    (libraries, archives, museums, musik information centres),
  2. media (radio, TV, print media, internet),
  3. cultural management (event management),
  4. dramaturgy,
  5. culture industry (publishers, recording industry),
  6. cultural administration and cultural politics.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

Supplementary Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.


Austrian grading
Outstanding performance

= 100%


Generally good, but with some errors

Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors

Performance meets the minimum criteria

Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

will be updated

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Monika Fink-Naumann

Dean of Studies
Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Brigitte Truschnegg

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