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MFA Improvisation and World Music

About the programme

Programme start: August 2020
Application period: 2 december 2019 – 15 January 2020

The programme is intended for those who want to enhance their practical skills as performing musicians and simultaneously reflect on and go deeper into their own artistry. This programme is for those who have a clear idea of what they want to develop. A large part of the work will be based on your own project idea. The programme requires you to work both independently and in groups and that you are interested in formulating your thoughts in writing. We expect you to take responsibility for your own development. Seminars and supervision aim to support this process.

The language of instruction is English.

Artist in Residence: Ross Daly

Ross Daly (Photo: Magnus Gotander)Virtuoso Ross Daly is one of three acclaimed world artists included in a three-year Artist in Residence Programme, sponsored by Sten A Olsson's Foundation for Research and Culture. Photo: Magnus Gotander  

Video: Grace and Zvezdana are students at two different music programmes. Here they talk about being a master student at the Academy of Music and Drama.


Welcome to contact Jonas Simonson or Thomas Markusson, programme supervisors: jonas.simonson@hsm.gu.se or thomas.markusson@hsm.gu.se

The composing musician

We also have an MFA in improvisation with a clear focus on composing.
Learn more about the master's programme in improvisation.

More about the programme

Read the progamme syllabus

The programme encourages cross-border meetings but also presupposes a clear immersion in the project idea you have chosen (independent project). Meeting with students with diverse backgrounds creates an inspirational environment for creativity and innovation. Openness, curiosity and reflection are central concepts. In the seminars, ideas are tested in theory and practice together with your fellow students in the programme and with students from other master's degree programmes and courses.
The different subjects help develop written and oral tools with the overall goal of meeting the requirements of professional life. The programme is international and offers excellent opportunities to network with musicians of different backgrounds. It also aims to prepare you for the role of freelance musician on the international level. The programme can also be the basis for further studies at the postgraduate (third-cycle) level in music focusing on musical performance.
The course is intended for students who already have a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. Instruction is in English. Master's programmes at the Academy of Music and Drama involve two years of full-time study at an advanced level.

The way we study

The way we study in Sweden. Teri-Anne is a student at the University of Gothenburg. She takes us on a tour to visit some international students.

Practical information


The Academy of Music and Drama allocates approximately SEK 3,000,000 a year for scholarships. In other words, as a student you have many options to apply for scholarships.

Please note that applications for some scholarships have to be submitted before you receive notification of selection results (admission notification). Always keep track of application dates for scholarships, especially if you intend to use scholarships to cover your tuition fees.

More information about scholarships

Tuition fees

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 tuition fees and application fees.

Contact tuitionfees@gu.se for more information.

Details about fees for this programme are made available during application period on the University of Gothenburg main website under Education/Courses and Programmes.

Housing and living

Housing and living costs are to be borne by the individual students.

What is student accommodation like in Gothenburg? Join student Teri-Anne while she rings the doorbell at two of her friends' homes.

Welcome programme

A welcome programme full of events and activities where students are provided with practical information as well as getting to know other students.

Page Manager: Tobias Egle|Last update: 6/9/2020

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