Musicology

General Information

The goal of the 4-year long PhD. program is the preparation of highly skilled specialists in the field of musicology. The study program offers an individualized curriculum aimed at research in the fields of music history, sociology, aesthetics, music theory, and organology. The PhD. program specializes in the areas of older and more recent Czech and European musical culture with special regard on some topics: early modern history of musical activities of religious fraternities in Moravia, music at aristocratic courts, Leoš Janáček, Alois Hába, research in public taste, relations between music theory and aesthetics in 19th and 20th century, etc. Graduates are able to work in fields that demand highly specialized skills and critical thinking. They are familiar with the field discourse and methodological problems of specific disciplines. They are highly trained in the subject of their specialization and they are able to perform independent creative and academic work.

A successful graduate is able to
  • demonstrate deeper knowledge in fundamental and specialized subdisciplines of musicology.
  • demonstrate deeper knowledge and skills in musicology research methodology.
  • design and implement research in musicology and evaluate its outcomes.
  • communicate the outcomes of their research to the expert community.
  • cooperate with experts working in other research institutions on a national and international scale.
  • actively communicate in at least two foreign languages and present their research in them.

Forms of Study

Doctoral studies are exclusively one-subject study programmes. The length of study of all study programmes is four years. Graduates of Doctoral degree study programmes are awarded an internationally recognized scientific degree of philosophiæ doctor (Ph.D.). The doctoral study represents the highest degree of university education.

Full-time and combined forms of study

It is possible to study in two ways.

Full-time study means that your study duties are spread over the working days (Mon-Fri) according to your timetable. Full-time students participate in lectures, conferences, and educational and research activities of the workplace.

Combined form of study is more often chosen by those applicants who have other responsibilities (e.g. employment or family) that do not allow them to attend classes daily.

Graduate Employment

Graduates are ready to work in the fields that demand high professional skills and the ability of critical thinking. They can find jobs in academia, high schools and universities, research educations and institutions focusing on culture. 

Admission Requirements

Details will be published with the opening of the admission procedure.

It is recommended that you choose and contact your supervisor before sending your application. For more information, please contact prof. PhDr. Lubomír Spurný, Ph.D. at 17637@mail.muni.cz.

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees: € 2,500/academic year (degree program taught in English).

    Students who require a visa and who are denied one will be refunded 90 % of the school-fee only if they send us confirmation that their visa was denied. The money will be returned by bank transfer only.

Courses of Czech for Foreigners

All students of this program are entitled to study two semesters of Czech for foreigners free of charge. It is not obligatory but it might be handy.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding the application and admission procedures or the tuition fees, please contact us at admission@phil.muni.cz.

However, if you would like to know more about what is it like to study at Masaryk University, how is the life of a student at the Faculty of Arts or if you have some questions that require personal experience, we have a solution for you as well! You can contact our student ambassador Stefan Veleski at ambassador@phil.muni.cz.

Stefan speaks Macedonian, English, Czech, and Russian. His favorite motto is:

“I think it's very important to have a feedback loop, where you're constantly thinking about what you've done and how you could be doing it better.” 

― Elon Musk

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