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Exam and degree

The Performance and Church Music Programmes

As stated in the Higher Education Ordinance, the degree project is mandatory for graduating:

For artistic [bachelor/master] degree the student shall, within the frame of the course requirements, have fulfilled an independent work (degree project) of at least 15 academic credits within the main area of the programme (SFS, 1993:100).

Your artistry as an instrumentalist, singer or composer is summarised and examined in the degree project. The degree project will be carried out in two parts, showing different aspects of your artistry. The two parts will be carried out and examined separately. The learning objectives for the degree project are to be found in the syllabus for each course. They are similar to the objectives of the programme as the degree project can be regarded as a summary of what you have achieved through your education. The examinations are assessed by examiners that use assessment criteria where the learning objectives are concretised.

The performance part constitutes 75 % of your degree project. In the exam concert your artistic and expressive abilities are made visible. The exam concert is a public performance with a duration of at least 30 minutes of music performance (bachelor level) or 50 minutes of music performance (master level).

Examiners will be your instrumental teachers and/or a selected jury. A special exam protocol for the exam concert as part of the degree project is established. The concert is documented in the form of a sound recording or a video. As a student you will be responsible for the recording. Necessary equipment can be lend using Helddesk.

Reflecting part – the study

The reflective part makes up 25% of your degree project. In the study the reflection inherent in all artistic activity is made visible. A special exam protocol for the exam concert as part of the degree project is established.

The study is based on your own artistic practice and reported in a format of your own choice: written format, live format or pre-recorded format. As support for this part you will be assigned a supervisor with 7 working hours. An examiner is selected by the coordinator of the degree project.

Resources in the work with the study:

  • seminars and workshops
  • individual tutoring
  • instructions and guides on Canvas and this page
  • tools and instructions for digital learning
  • material on Lund University’s central websites

Contact the course coordinators

If you have any questions about tutoring and examination, you are warmly welcome to contact the course coordinators:

  • Sara Wilén sara [dot] wilen [at] mhm [dot] lu [dot] se (sara[dot]wilen[at]mhm[dot]lu[dot]se)
  • Hedvig Jalhed hedvig [dot] jalhed [at] mhm [dot] lu [dot] se (hedvig[dot]jalhed[at]mhm[dot]lu[dot]se)

The Study

Just as in the performance part, you as a performance student and your musical development are in the centre of the reflecting part. In the reflecting part you choose one part of your musical practice (your musical pursuance in all its contexts and facets) and carry out an individual study, in which you try new methods in order to develop yourself.

Your experience and needs as a musician, i.e. your artistic practice, are in focus of your reflecting work. The study might be about your musical work process within:

  • interpretation
  • creation
  • improvisation
  • composition

You may focus on parts of your repertoire, for example from your exam concert.

The study is carried out with methods from artistic investigative work, development and research and/or other methods that suites the purpose of your study. You communicate the results and reflections from your study through language (spoken and/or written in combination with chosen music examples from your practice, such as recordings, live performances and/or notated music examples. There are good possibilities to design the work according to your own choice, in dialogue with your supervisor.

All selectable formats of the reflecting part are based on a mutual structure of contents, grounded on artistic research in Music. There are many different approaches to the implementation of the study, and several methods to choose from. The most important is that the choice of subject, format and methods gives you good tools for your study.

Presentation Format

A reflective work can be presented in different formats as seen below.

1. Written Work

A study presented in written form shall include:

  • Bachelor: 12-16 pages, 12 pts, 18 000-24 000 characters
  • Master: 18-20 pages, 12 pts, 30 000-60 000 characters

without spaces, including cover sheet, abstract, table of contents and reference list.

1 000 words correspond to 1,5-2 text pages. In a written work it is common to include examples from the own practice in the form of shorter videos/sound files.

2. Live Format

Lecture recital is a form of oral presentation (30-50 min), where you present your music live and/or via recording and present your project in a format of your own choice, with the support of image display/PowerPoint presentation/programme. The lecture recital is documented by the institution.

3. Pre-recorded Format

Edited audio/video files (30-40 min) where you present your project through oral presentations, examples from your own practice and images (in video) or similar. You are responsible for the editing.


The aim of the study in the reflecting part is for you to test and develop several means, methods and ways of working in order to develop individually as a musician. The purpose is to work independently on many levels of artistic reflection and analysis. “Reflection” in Latin originally means that something is being bent or turned back as a mirroring.

Reflection is the word for the form of thinking that is connected to a sense impression, an experience or an action. Through reflection we become aware of our reactions, we relate to the world around us and create our self-perception. This kind of reflection is related to the word consideration, to look back on something, to consider. It can give you time and room for new perspectives on how you work with music, and new ideas on how you can change your practice in order to develop further.

By analysing, formulating and discussing your experiences and results, you bring them to life and can share the knowledge with others within your field. There is great value in performing musicians communicating about their development and about how they develop their musical knowledge and not “just play”. It deepens and changes the view on what knowledge and creativity can be, and contributes to giving a deepened and multifaceted picture of creative processes and artistic knowledge, both within the field of music and to others in society.

When you have completed your studies at Malmö Academy of Music, you can apply for your degree certificate.

You must do the following to get your degree certificate issued:

  1. Complete your degree concert.
  2. Fill in and submit a course report to the teacher in your main subject.
    Course report (PDF 389 KB, new tab)
  3. Submit a recording of you degree konsert and the programme sheet to Ola Elleström
  4. When the course report, recording and programme sheet have been submitted, your grade will be registered in Ladok.
  5. Before you apply for a degree certificate, make sure that all of your results have been registered in Ladok. If something is missing, contact your teacher. 
    Log in to Ladok
  6. Apply for your degree in Ladok under 'Degrees and certificates, in the main meny. Choose 'Apply'.
    Log in to Ladok

The processing time varies during the year depending on the workload and the nature of the case. The processing time is normally 6-8 weeks.


Questions about the degree project:

Sara Wilén
Course Coordinator
sara [dot] wilen [at] mhm [dot] lu [dot] se (sara[dot]wilen[at]mhm[dot]lu[dot]se)

Hedvig Jalhed
Course Coordinator
hedvig [dot] jalhed [at] mhm [dot] lu [dot] se (hedvig[dot]jalhed[at]mhm[dot]lu[dot]se)

Questions about the degree certificate: 

Ola Elleström
Education Administrator
ola [dot] ellestrom [at] mhm [dot] lu [dot] se (ola[dot]ellestrom[at]mhm[dot]lu[dot]se)
+46 40 32 54 69