The binational Franco-German M.A. programme in musicology is unique in the field. The programme is based on the long-standing collaboration between Saarland University and Paris-Sorbonne University (University of Paris IV). Through exposure and familiarity with another academic and research culture, students on the programme acquire very valuable intercultural skills. By spending two years working in an international group, students are able to extend and strengthen their foreign language proficiency giving them a substantial advantage in the careers market. Previous graduates from the binational M.A. programme have taken up employment in both Germany and France in a wide variety of fields, such as research, librarianship and archive management, theatres and opera houses, the media sector, and festival and concert management.

The core focus of the binational programme is on exploring the commonalities and differences in the history of music in Germany and France. Of key importance is the concept of cultural transfer, which functions as a device for understanding and explaining fundamental phenomena and processes in the history of Europe since the Middle Ages. The programme allows students to select and develop areas of specialization and includes a work placement phase during which students gain valuable practical experience. Despite its research-driven approach, the M.A. programme also ensures that students can establish a network of valuable professional contacts with musicology research and cultural institutions in both countries.

Students from both countries study within a mixed group. All students spend the first year studying in Paris, the second year is spent in Saarbrücken. The final-year Master's thesis can be written in either German or French. Graduates are awarded a Master of Arts degree from Saarland University and a "Master de Musique et Musicologie" from the Sorbonne. The qualifications are fully recognized in both countries.

Course of study Musicology (international)
Type of programme Binational consecutive Master's degree programme
Accreditation Quality assurance system accredited by the Accreditation Council
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Degree qualification Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master de musique et musicologie
Language of instruction German and French
French language requirements Three years of French lessons in high school
Start of programme Winter semester
Admission restriction Yes
Application deadline 15.06.2018 for winter semester 2018/19
Where to apply Coordinator of the Master's programme
Study counselling Central Student Advisory Service
Course advisers Contact the course adviser
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