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About the programme
Language: Danish   | Place of study: Copenhagen (Emdrup)  |  Commencement: August / September (no winter intake)


This programme is only offered in Danish.

The MA (Ed) programme in Educational Theory and Curriculum Studies (Music Education) aims, based on a qualifying first degree, to further develop students' knowledge and skills within the field of music education.

The programme will enable students to engage in analytical reflection and construction development in relation to educational activities. The programme qualifies students to focus on and seek relevant knowledge and to communicate in an effective and targeted way.
The programme will also enable students to formulate and analyse scientific problems independently, systematically, and critically using scientific methods. 
On completion of the programme, students will be able to independently continue their personal competence development and specialisation.

Admission requirements

Admission to the Master's Degree Programme in Educational Theory and Curriculum Studies (Music Education) requires that you have completed one of the following courses of study:

  • Bachelor's degree in musicology or music.
  • A professional Bachelor’s degree programme as a primary and lower-secondary school teacher specialising in music.
  • Bachelor's degree from an Academy of Music.
  • AU may admit applicants who do not meet the above-mentioned admission requirements if they are deemed to have equivalent qualifications. This applies, among others, to applicants with the following programmes, who based on individual assessment can be admitted to master's degree programme in educational theory and curriculum studies (music education).

  • Medium-cycle higher education with music as the main subject and a completed supplementary course equivalent to 15 ECTS.
  • Relevant courses of study at Bachelor's degree level from an Academy of Music.
  • Pedagogical related programs at bachelor’s degree level, where the applicant before or during the degree program have earned musicological courses equal to 30 ECTS. (Including for example a professional bachelor's degree in education with special emphasis on music, a bachelor’s degree in education or an equivalent foreign musical education offered at bachelor’s degree level.)

You will be admitted to the degree programmes based solely on your qualifying course of study. It is therefore not possible to become further qualified. The assessment of applicants is based on whether the admission requirements are met. Work experience is not included in the assessment of the qualifying course of study. 

Admission on other terms

Following an individual assessment, Aarhus University may grant admission to the degree programme for applicants who do not meet the educational requirements but who are deemed to have the necessary qualifications to be able to complete the degree programme. Work experience is not included in the assessment; only formal education is assessed.

If you apply for admission to a Master's degree programme on the basis of a course of study which is not described as qualifying in the academic regulations for the Master's degree programme(s) to which you are applying, you must enclose a description of your educational background as well as documentation of this. To enable an assessment of your educational background to be made, the following requirements must be met:

1. Your educational background must be on a par with that of the qualifying course of study which is described in the academic regulations for the Master's degree programme.

2. Your educational background must have a scope of at least three years of full-time study – equivalent to 180 ECTS credits.

3. Your educational background must be academically relevant.

4. If your educational background is composed of different modules and/or courses of study at multiple universities/educational institutions, and if you want to be admitted on this basis, you must enclose a summary of your entire educational background. The summary must include the titles of the modules and/or courses of study you have passed, the year in which they were passed and the names of the various educational institutions.

5. The documentation of your educational background must include: a) a description of the purpose, content, level and duration of the course of study, e.g. in the form of academic regulations, and b) documentation that you have passed/completed the course of study in the form of certificates.

Guidance session

If you are assessed qualified for admission, you may be contacted with a view to a guidance session on the programme.

Restricted admission

As the Master's Degree Programme in Educational Theory and Curriculum Studies (Music Education) is covered by the government's proposal for degree programme resizing, restricted admission to the degree programme has been introduced from 2015. Meeting the admission requirements does therefore not in itself guarantee admission to the degree programme. 

Selection criteria

If the number of qualified applicants to the degree programme exceeds the number of places, an academic assessment committee will be appointed to select applicants on the basis of the following criteria:

1. Average mark for qualifying course of study. The average mark is calculated at the time of the application. Read more about calculating average marks. A qualifying average mark (GPA) is no longer calculated as the average mark is included in the overall assessment.

3. Description of educational relevance. The academic assessment committee assesses the applicants on the basis of an enclosed description of educational relevance as well as documentation in the form of certificate/transcript of records, Bachelor's project, academic regulations (if any), and any further documentation at Bachelor's and/or Master's degree level. What does a description of educational relevance contain?

Change in application requirements for summer admissions 2021

As a consequence of a change in the law, if you apply to a degree programme at DPU with restricted admission, you can now include relevant experience (including job experience) in your application. This will apply starting with applications for enrolment in September 2021.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

Student life

The student body at the MA(Ed) programmes at IUP comprises mainly Bachelor graduates with a background in teaching, educational studies, nursing or social works.

A large part of the student body consists of mature students, who have used their qualifying examination for a few years before choosing to continue their post graduate studies.

Around 4000 students, full-time and part-time are enrolled at IUP. 2/3 of the students are women.

IUP has a large library and different student facilities such as a canteen and different study areas.

The MA (Ed) programme in Educational Theory and Curriculum Studies (Danish) is offered at the School of Education, located at the campus in Emdrup in the northern part of the capital of Copenhagen and at the DPU department at the University of Aarhus.

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Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2013/2014 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question. Note that this data is derived from different, but related programmes.

The programme gives students special competences within the field of music education, including educational theory and curriculum studies in music and psychology and philosophy of relevance to music. The programme enables students to identify and analyse problems related to music educational theory and curriculum studies in relation to institutions, organisations, educational policies, etc.
Students develop scientific insight into music education issues, including current research, as well as the competence to evaluate music education research results and their implications.

The programme enables students to justify and make decisions related to music education and when necessary carry out studies that can create a sufficient basis for decision making in relation to the planning and development of music teaching and programmes in music education. The programme enables students to take charge of music education programmes and development on the basis of scientific, theoretical and/or experimental methods. The programme can be focused to aim towards specialised educational tasks and management and other functions within the area of music education, for example, at music schools, primary and lower secondary schools, secondary schools, folk high schools, teacher training colleges, universities and music conservatories as well as administration at all levels.

The programme may furthermore form the basis for the three-year research training programme leading to a PhD.

Further information (in Danish)

You can read more about the career services that are available from Arts Karriere who provide information about employment opportunities as well as arranging various events and workshops.