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Post Graduate Education

The Malmö Academy of Music offers research studies in music education as well as in artistic research in music. The study programmes are four years long and lead to a doctoral degree.

Music education as a discipline studies all forms of musical learning, including the frameworks, circumstances, traditions and conditions that govern situations where music forms the content of various learning processes. Music education as a research field is interdisciplinary in nature and uses theories and methods from fields such as education, psychology, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, musicology and artistic research to understand and explain phenomena within music education. The aim of the research studies programme in music education is to provide in-depth knowledge in music education and to train independent and critical researchers with a broad knowledge of subject theory, methodological expertise and an ability to conduct research projects independently. The thesis work, which is the most extensive and most important part of the research student’s education, aims to provide the student with the ability to critically analyse a problem relevant to music education research and to independently plan, implement and document this research work in writing.

The artistic research programme in music is based on artistic knowledge and artistic work. Artistic research is an interdisciplinary research field and its methodological development and results are often applicable to research in other disciplines. The studies emphasise independent artistic development work. The aim of the research studies programme in music is to train independent and critical researchers with broad subject knowledge, methodological expertise and the ability to independently implement research projects. The research studies programme is to provide well-rounded research training and preparation for assignments in society for which knowledge of artistic research is of value. The studies also aim to deepen the student’s artistic maturity and awareness and to develop their ability for reflection and communication.

Seminar activities are organised both separately for each research studies programme and jointly for all doctoral students and senior researchers. Both the research studies programmes are part of several different national and international networks. Doctoral studentships in both study programmes are announced as and when possible through direct government funding or external funding.



Eva Sæther
Professor of Music Education
Subject Director for Research Studies in Music Education
E-mail: eva [dot] saether [at] mhm [dot] lu [dot] se
Telephone: +46 (0)40 32 54 84


Stefan Östersjö
Associate Professor of Artistic Research in Music
Subject Director for Artistic Research Studies in Music
E-mail: stefan [dot] ostersjo [at] mhm [dot] lu [dot] se
Telephone: +46 (0)76 102 97 25