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Doctoral education

The doctoral education at Malmö Academy of Music is characterised by interdisciplinary collaboration across disciplinary boundaries. We offer doctoral education in two disciples – Music Education and Artistic Research in Music, both are closely linked to the Faculty of Fine and Performing Art's and Lund University's strong research environments.

Clay formations. Photoggraph: Bertrand Chavarria Aldrete.

The doctorate degree is the most advanced degree you can earn, symbolising that you have mastered a specific area of study, or field of profession. The Swedish doctorate degree consists of 240 ECTS credits and requires four years of full-time studies. The programme concludes with a doctoral thesis of at least 120 credits. 

A 'licentiate' degree is equivalent to half the coursework required for a full doctoral programme and a licentiate thesis of at least 60 credits. It is equivalent to the MPhil of the British education system.

There are no tuition fees for doctoral education at Malmö Academy of Music and, after completing your studies, you will be well prepared for a successful career as an independent researcher. 

You apply directly to the research discipline in which you are interested in conducting doctoral studies – Music Education or Artistic Research in Music. The procedure differ between the two disciplines. In the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts' Doctoral student Handbook, you will find more information about the application and admission.

The Faculty of Fine and Performing Art's Doctoral student Handbook

Admission requirements

The admission requirements also differ depending on in which research discipline you are interested in conducting research studies.

Read more about the admission requirements in each discipline's general syllabus

All doctoral positions are advertised via Lund University's job portal.

Lund University's job portal

Full-time funding is required before an applicant can be admitted to research studies. At the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts, most admitted doctoral students have a doctoral studentship. 

Read more about funding and financing doctoral studies

Ongoing doctoral research projects

Music education

  • Learning an instrument or learning social skills – what is the primary goal of instrumental tuition in Swedish schools of arts and music?, Ida Knutsson
  • Bedömning och betygssättning – komplexa aspekter av musikläraryrket, Johanna Antonsson
  • Time to act: Developing music education in a social sustainability context, Lina Van Dooren
  • Körsången i musikundervisning, Lena Ekman Frisk

Artistic research in music

Dissertations by our doctoral students


Anna Houmann
Professor - Pedagogy focusing on educational science
anna [dot] houmann [at] mhm [dot] lu [dot] se (anna[dot]houmann[at]mhm[dot]lu[dot]se)

Michael Edgerton
Professor - Artistic Research in Music
michael [dot] edgerton [at] mhm [dot] lu [dot] se (michael[dot]edgerton[at]mhm[dot]lu[dot]se)