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Artistic Research Programme in Music

The artistic research programme enables the doctoral student to:

  • develop knowledge of methods for artistic development and renewal
  • achieve greater artistic depth and an ability to communicate this artistic knowledge nationally and internationally
  • develop a deeper awareness of their own artistic activity and a greater ability to speak and write about it

The goals for the artistic research programme in music are to:

  • develop research in artistic practice
  • contribute to a greater knowledge base within the subject, and
  • contribute to the artistic development of the subject field

Artistic Research in Music investigates and develops the artistic creative process and the generation of artistic knowledge in the field of music. The research field comprises various forms of artistic musical practices, including interpretation, improvisation, composition, music production and other professional contexts for musical creation. Artistic research projects are to be based on and supported by the doctoral student’s own musical practice and professional activity, which means that artistic research projects in music are done by performers, improvisers, composers, music producers and other professional music practitioners. Through innovative, often experimental projects, artistic research aims to deeply investigate, creatively challenge and critically illuminate traditional forms of musical practice and creation from the perspective of artistically active musical practitioners.

Some parts of the study programme can be completed at a higher education institution in the fine and performing arts abroad, on condition that an agreement exists between the institutions to guarantee the level of study and the integration of this part of the programme into the degree as a whole.


The programme for a Doctoral Degree in Music contains courses as well as individual work and is carried out during four years of full-time studies (240 higher education credits). This includes course work and literature studies/seminars of 60 higher education credits and a thesis/artistic project of 180 higher education credits. The programme is further described in the General Study Plan.

Study Plan

Completed doctoral projects

Further information

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


Stefan ÖstersjöStefan 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