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MFA Organ and Related Keyboard Instruments

About the programme

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

A unique feature of the master's programme is that you present an idea upon application that will be the basis for your master's project. The project runs like a silver thread through your studies, integrated with repertoire playing, organ improvisation and studies related to keyboard instruments – the clavichord, harpsichord, fortepiano and French harmonium. You choose what you want to immerse yourself in. The teaching is based on your prior knowledge, specialisation and artistic goals.

Proximity to ongoing research characterises the programme, and your prospects for applying for doctoral studies are very good. Each year the programme participates in the International Organ Academy, where leading musicians and researchers from around the world gather.

You will study at Artisten, a unique environment with committed and competent teachers and students. Here, you will have exceptional instruments at your disposal. In addition, you will have access to the University of Gothenburg's own baroque organ in Örgryte New Church as well as other interesting organs in the Gothenburg area.

The language of instruction is English.

Video: Joel Speerstra and alumnus Elina Bomström give insights into the programme, and you get to hear the baroque organ in Örgryte New Church. Click on the "CC" button in the lower right hand corner of the screen for subtitles (appears when you start the video).


Welcome to contact Christina Ekström, programme supervisor: christina.ekstrom@hsm.gu.se

What does the programme include

Read the programme syllabus

Organ Interpretation and Improvisation (60 HECs)

Includes organ playing and problematises instruments and sounding practice from different perspectives.
Independent Project (30 HECs)
Students conduct a study based on the questions they have formulated themselves or artistic problems within the main field of study in a methodical manner, where the text is connected with the students’ other artistic work. The work, spread over four courses, leads to a completed, artistically reflective report that includes audio/video documentation or alternatively a self-produced score or the equivalent, as well as a written reflective text in a format of the student’s choice.

Related Keyboard Instruments (18 HECs)

Consists of five alternative instruments. These are the harpsichord with continuo playing, harmonium, piano, clavichord and fortepiano.

Seminar Course (12 HECs)

Given under the theme “The Organ as a Mirror of Time” and contextualises instruments and sounding practice from different perspectives – aesthetics, music history, theology.

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: 9/10/2019

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