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EU/EEA-applicants for Music Business and Management

In our Master’s programme in Popular Music, you get the opportunity to work within one of our specializations.

Performance-based specialisations:

Theoretical specialisation:

Creative musical diversity at the Department of Popular Music

What do you learn?

  • You acquire a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between performance practice and relevant popular musicology.
  • You are provided with insight into central concepts and theoretical issues of popular musicology.
  • You develop an academic foundation in order to be able to contribute to reflection and innovation inside popular music.
  • You achieve comprehensive understanding of how to accomplish research projects in the field of popular music.
  • You get an overview of the different participants and organizations in the musicological environment, and and the dynamics operating between them.
  • You achieve knowledge of new technologies and the possibilities and challenges they offer.
  • You achieve comprehensive understanding of relevant musicological methods within artistic research, and the ability to use them independently.

Job opportunities

The master’s programme leads to the degree of Master in Popular Music. The performance specializations qualify for creative and performative work within the cultural sector, in addition to more specialized performance based work. After completion, you have also achieved qualifications to establish your own music business.

The theoretical specialization offer relevant skills for working in music organizations, media, record companies, and copyright agencies.

A completed Master’s degree in Popular Music qualifies for PhD-level work, e.g. at the Faculty of Fine Arts, UiA. 

Student exchange

You can take part of the master's program in Popoular Music abroad. It is facilitated for exchange in the 3rd semester. More about exchange in Popular Music

All you need to know about exchange studies

Course structure

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Admission requirements

The general basis for admission to the master's programme is in accordance with the regulations concerning the requirements for master's degrees stipulated by the Ministry of Education and Research. The general requirement is a completed bachelor's degree, a cand.mag. degree or another degree or vocational qualification of minimum three years duration.

Further regulations regarding admission are in accordance with the regulations concerning admission to study programmes and courses at the University of Agder. Supplementary rules for admission to the particular master's programme in question have been stipulated under the provision of these regulations.

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Recommended previous knowledge

The three performance-based master`s specialisations require a very high level on the principle instrument, and music science and theory pre-requisites equivalent to completion of Scientific Theory, Aesthetics and Analysis (MUR/MUK 107) from the bachelor programme in music performance at UiA. Documentation of such knowledge is a pre-requisite for admission

Application period

  • Non EU/EEA international applicants: From 1 November till 15 December (both for performance and theoretical specializations).
  • EU/EEA applicants: From 1 November till 15 December (performance specializations) or 1 February till 1 March (theoretical specializations).
  • Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway: From 1 November till 15 December (performance specializations) or 1 February till 15 April (theoretical specialization).

What students say


Application deadline

15 December/1 March


120 ECTS Credits

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Questions regarding admission

Specializations in this study programme

Meet Bjørn Ole Rasch

Professor of Popular Music at the Faculty of Fine Arts at UiA, composer and producer.

With an educational background in classical music, he sees himself as an autodidact in his field of work. “Music is my greatest passion. Any human situation can be associated with music. It is a soundtrack of how we feel or a reflection of life”, says Rasch.