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Our aim is to support, inspire and develop your personal musical artistry as well as your aesthetics.

Your own dedicated work and your own conscious artistic choices will be key factors. Your own compositional work will also be focused upon in your studies.
We embrace open attitudes, curiousness, personal reflexion and creativity. We try, in all our work, also to look beyond musical styles and tradition.
Our education programmes within the improvised music field offer an international study environment, giving the student good networking possibilities and rich experiences. The final content of the studies will be built around the planned written thesis presented by the student.

As opposed to the programme NoCoM, the studies at this Master's programme are done at the Academy of Music and Drama, Göteborg.

The education will, whenever necessary, be given in English.

After a completed Degree of Master of Fine Arts, you can continue your work by applying to Ph. D. studies in Musical Interpretation and Performance or Composition.


Enrollment for autumn term 2018 will be open from 1 December 2017 until 15 January 2018. Apply via www.universityadmissions.se.

Requirements, Selection and Application Process (applied for 2017)

Entrance Requirements

A Bachelor's degree in the fine or applied arts, a professional qualification of at least 180 higher education credits, at least three years of approved full-time studies in a programme for musicians or equivalent and special requirements that comprise musical skills. Students may be admitted to the programme without having basic eligibility in the form of a degree.


Selection of eligible applicants is based upon assessments of submitted portfolios and proposals. All applicants are requested to send in

  1. A proposal for an independent masters project, a minimum of three A4 pages is required, including title of project, problem statement, method for artistic and/or scientific development/research, and references to related projects. We want to read your carefully written thoughts on the project you wish to develop and/or the direction you want your studies to take.
  2. Audio and/or video presentation of your music and yourself as a musician. NB! A minimum of 15 minutes of music is requried.

The proposal and portfolio must be received by the Academy of Music and Drama no later than the 16th of January 2017. We only accept submitted material via the institution's online application system (DAP). The online application system opens for submission 1 December 2016.
Link to the online application system (DAP)

Information on how to use our service for digital portfolios can be found in the quick reference guide.
Quick reference guide

After reading and listening to the material you have submitted, we invite a limited amount of selected applicants to come to Gothenburg for an audition and an interview. This live audition is compulsory for all selected applicants.
We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you!


Auditions will be held at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg 1 March 2017.

The audition tests include:

  1. A selection of repertoire, including improvisation, of the student's own choice, on his or her main instrument, of approximately 15 minutes duration.
  2. Interview and discussion on the applicants "proposal", approximately 15 minutes duration.

The results will be made public in the second week of April 2017 on www.universityadmissions.se.

Fees and scholarships

Applicants from countries within the EU as well as Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland will be admitted free of charge.
Applicants from other countries will be charged the following tuition fees:

  • Application fee: 900 SEK
  • Full programme cost: 352 600 SEK
  • First payment: 88 150 SEK

The possibility exists for students obliged to pay fees to apply for scholarships from the University of Gothenburg to cover part of their fees and living costs.

Link to scholarships

Contact Information

Thomas Jäderlund

Head Music Unit - World Music, Improvisation, Individual Performance, Composition, Music- and Sound Production,

Contact Information

Thomas Markusson

Programme Supervisor,

0046 31 786 41 18

Course Information

Read the programme syllabus

Page Manager: Tobias Egle|Last update: 9/11/2017

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