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Music education

Music education as a science studies all forms of music teaching, including the frameworks, conditions, traditions and terms governing the situations in which music constitutes the contents of the various processes of teaching and learning.

Problems are thus addressed in contexts in which music is or has been a constituent in upbringing, education, teaching and other types of influential behaviour practised in a certain cultural situation.

Music education as a field of research is cross-border as to its character, using theories and methods from for example pedagogy, psychology, sociology, philosophy and musicology in order to understand and explain various phenomena within music pedagogy.

Postgraduate education aims at providing an all-round scientific training that will also provide good preparation for assignments in society in which knowledge and skills in music education as a science are of value.
By means of this education, the doctoral students will acquire qualified knowledge about music education as a science, a broad training in theory and research methods and the capacity to undertake independent research work.

The work on a thesis, which is the most voluminous and significant element of doctoral education, is intended to instil in the student the capacity to analyse critically a problem relevant to the field of research in music education, and independently to plan, carry through and document in writing this scientific work.

Eligibility for doctoral education in music education requires among other things 90 HECs in the subject music education.

Admissions to PHD programmes

When can you apply?

Students are only accepted to the Academy of Music and Drama's Ph.D. Programmes when a special call for applicants has been issued.

The next round of admissions will be announced on the home page of the Academy of Music and Drama.

Doctoral candidate positions

When openings in the PhD Programmes are advertised, doctoral candidate positions for the same duration as the Ph.D. Programme requires (i.e., four years) will also be advertised. This means that Ph.D. students and doctoral candidates will be employed for a fixed four-year term and at a fixed salary. The starting salary is SEK 28,050 per month. Once a student has completed 50% of the Ph.D. Programme, their monthly salary will be raised to SEK 30,450. Once 80% of the programme has been completed, it will be raised again to SEK 32,900.