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Music Education

Research Programme in Music Education

The Research Programme in Music Education at the Malmö Academy of Music aims to provide students with a comprehensive academic education which can also be seen as preparatory for carrying out tasks in society where knowledge of music education as an academic discipline is of value.

It provides students with in-depth knowledge and understanding of music education and pedagogy in general, broad knowledge and understanding of research theory and methodology, and the ability to carry out autonomous research work.  By writing a thesis, students develop the ability to critically analyse relevant issues and to plan, carry out and, in written form, document this academic process.

The completion of the programme usually takes four years of full time study. The Research Programme in Music Education has been offered by the Malmö Academy of Music since the autumn term of 1995. There are presently seven doctorate students studying at the Academy.

Descriptions of research work presently being carried out at the Academy.

The admission process to the research programmes takes place at the start of each academic year.

The last day of applications is usually at the end of May every year.

Högre seminariet

Högre Seminariet – the Higher Seminar – is a forum for research in the field of music education. The seminar director is Prof. Göran Folkestad.

This seminar is intended for the Academy’s doctorate students, who have started work on their 90 and 120 credit theses, and also to teachers of the Academy who are interested in matters of research.

Entry Requirements and Admittance

In order to be eligible for the research programmes, students must fulfil both general entry requirements (have completed at least 180 higher education credits) and specific entry requirements (have completed at least 120 higher education credits in the area of Music Education or the equivalent).

In addition, candidates are assessed to decide if they have the capabilities required to successfully complete the programme. Information on the Academy’s research programmes can be obtained from Professor Göran Folkestad, tel: +46 40 325478,
E-mail: goran [dot] folkestad [at] mhm [dot] lu [dot] se

Content of Research Programme

The programmes contain both courses and individual thesis work. The Doctoral Degree includes courses and literature studies of 90 higher education credits and a thesis of 150 higher education credits, and for the Licentiate of Arts Degree courses and literature studies of 45 higher education credits and a dissertation of 75 higher education credits.

The Doctoral Degree Programme is planned to be completed in four years of full-time study, 240 credits, and the Licentiate of Arts Degree Programme in two years of full-time study, 120 credits.

Further information

Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts
Lund university
The Doctoral Students’ Handbook (Information from


Eva Sæther

Eva Sæther
Professor of Music Education
eva [dot] saether [at] mhm [dot] lu [dot] se