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Music and Research

Make research a central feature of your artistic practice

Key data

Master of Arts FHNW in Spezialisierter Musikalischer Performance, Music and Research
ECTS points
Start of semester
Beginning of September
Studying mode
Full time
4 semesters
Teaching language
Campus Musik-Akademie Basel
Stay abroad
Possible, not curricular
Application fee
200 CHF
Semester fee
700 CHF (CH) | 1000 CHF (EU/EFTA) | 1250 CHF (Not-EU/Not-EFTA) More Fees


NOTICE late application: It is possible to submit a late application, the application window is still open. If you have any further questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The master program is aimed at students who have a high level of competence as instrumentalists/vocalists or composers and music theorists for whom research is a central part of their artistic profile. The core of the program is an artistic-academic research project, which the students develop based on questions which emerge from their artistic practice. The project is supervised by two mentors from the broad spectrum of lecturers at the Academy of Music Basel including the institutes of Classical Music, Jazz and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. The project is supported further with courses that impart knowledge and skills in the areas of artistic-academic research methods, musicology, academic writing, music aesthetics, and research management. The double mentorship (artistic and academic) as well as the access to artistic courses and projects enables the students to pursue both their artistic and their academic development. To this end, internships in the school’s research departments or partner institutions (such as the Department of Musicology at the University of Basel or the Paul Sacher Foundation) give students an in-depth insight into research practice. The curriculum is compiled according to the requirements and objectives of their respective projects, thus enabling targeted and individual support. Additionally, research funds can also be applied for via a project fund.

The MA SP Music and Research is conducted inter-institutionally (HSM in collaboration with the Department of Musicology at the University of Basel among others) and is suitable for students interested in pursuing a doctorate (artistic-scientific doctorate or Dr. phil.). For graduates of the MA SP MaR, a direct transition to the doctoral project Musikwissen (carried out in collaboration with the Department of Musicology of the University of Basel; degree: PhD) is possible: Of the 35 ECTS credits in academic qualification at Master's level required for admission, up to the total can be covered by the coursework completed in Music and Research. 

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Basel Academy of Music

An international institute of higher education and research

Basel Academy of Music