Musicology and History of Opera
This master programme proposes an investigation of the techniques, methods and functions of historical and critical approaches to music in an interdisciplinary perspective. It is concerned with the relations between music and texts, between music and the stage, and music and the visual arts, particularly in the case of film music and opera production. The study programme also offers themed courses and seminars on musical analysis as related to different periods in the history of Western music.
During their master's studies, students will follow courses and seminars partly in French and partly in German. They are encouraged to take an interest in the research and popularisation activities which are organised by the Department. The various examinations can be taken in one of three languages: French, German or Italian. Students also have the possibility of writing their master's thesis in one of the three languages.
Profile of the study programme
The master in musicology at the University of Fribourg is distinctive because of its interdisciplinary perspective and through its questioning of the techniques, methods and functions of the discipline (specific seminars cover methods and investigations). In particular, the programme proposes complementary studies of the relations between music and texts, the stage and the visual arts, especially in the cases of film music and opera productions. Along with these courses, which are specific to the University of Fribourg, the musicology programme also offers themed courses and seminars on advanced musical analysis as related to different periods in the history of western music.
The studies for a master in musicology can be accomplished in one and a half to two years. The students who follow the study programme are to write a master's thesis at the end of their degree course. The subject can be chosen from a wide range of questions, possibly in relation to research and pedagogical traditions in musicology at the University of Fribourg.
Classes and seminars, as is traditional at the University of Fribourg, are given partly in French and partly in German. Although students are encouraged to follow classes in both languages, they may submit their written work in either and take their examinations in the language of their choice (French, German or Italian).
Students are also encouraged to participate in research activities and in music-related events organised by the Department for the wider public: symposia, conferences, commentated concerts and operas, film clubs, etc.
Learning outcomes and career openings
Graduates with a master's in musicology are principally recruited as:
- Researchers (Swiss National Fund projects, universities, university schools of music);
- Teachers: secondary schools, middle schools, universities, university schools of music, (the history of music);
- Journalists: radio and the written press;
- Musical librarians, museum curators (in instrument museums, in history museums with musical collections, etc.);
- Musical archivists (municipal or canton archives, collaborator for RISM, the national sound library, etc.);
- Music publishing associates;
- Associates in an organisation that promotes music (SUISA, ProHelvetia, etc.);
- Managers or public relations officers for orchestras and festivals; editors of concert hall programmes; managers, stage or floor managers in opera houses;
- Musicians (further to studies at a university school of music).
Structure of studies
90 ECTS credits + 30 ECTS credits as an option in a minor study programme freely chosen or in a specialisation programme, 3-4 semesters
Master's degree programmes are built on the knowledge and abilities that were acquired when obtaining a bachelor's degree.
Holders of a bachelor's degree awarded by a Swiss university are admitted to a master's degree programme without any preconditions if they have earned 60 or 90 ECTS credits depending on the chosen master's degree programme within the corresponding discipline. However, additional requirements can be required. The same applies to holders of a bachelor's degree awarded by a foreign university, provided that the bachelor's degree is recognised and considered equivalent by the University of Fribourg.
Holders of a bachelor's degree awarded by a Swiss or a foreign university, provided that the bachelor's degree is recognised and considered equivalent by the University of Fribourg, who do not flfil this condition can be admitted to a master's degree programme with preconditions (which must be successfully completed before starting the master's degree programme) and/or additional requirements (which can be completed during the master's degree programme). The preconditions and/or additional requirements may not exceed 60 ECTS credits in total. The same applies to holders of a bachelor's degree awarded by a Swiss university of applied sciences, according to existing agreements.
The respective conditions of admission for each master's degree programme are reserved.
Also offered as a minor study programme (30 ECTS credits).
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The fact that this course of study is taught at the Medicine Section of the Faculty of Science and Medicine and the special emphasis on a «class-seminar/workshop» structure, as well as the partnership with the Swiss Federal Institute of Sports Magglingen (SFISM) mean that the underlying conditions for teaching and research in the field of sport sciences are extremely favourable.
In the context of a state university, theology makes a specific contribution to research: an intellectual, scientific and rational exploration of the Christian approach to the question of God, in particular from the perspective of the Catholic tradition. The other fields of study extend the theological line of thought by juxtaposing it with other ways of perceiving reality.
The richness of theology as a field of study encourages students to continue for another two years after their bachelor's degree to complete a master's degree (complete study programme, 120 ECTS credits). The master's thesis gives students the opportunity to test their ability to produce a piece of personal academic research. Students are admitted to the degree of Master of Theology with Specialisation with a score of 60 of the total 120 ECTS credits in the chosen specialisation: 30 ECTS credits for the respective lectures and 30 ECTS credits for the thesis. Possible topics are, for example, the Christian Orient, interreligious dialogue, practical theology or the New Testament in its cultural and historical setting.