Javascript is not activated in your browser. This website needs javascript activated to work properly.
You are here

Research Programme in Music Education

The research programme in music education at the Malmö Academy of Music aims to provide comprehensive training which prepares for assignments in wider society, where knowledge of music education as a discipline is of value. This can apply equally well within higher education, upper secondary schooling or compulsory schooling, as well as outside formal education institutions.

The research programme in music education provides qualified knowledge about music education sciences and general education sciences, broad training in theory and research methodology and the ability to conduct independent research work. The thesis work is to provide the student with the ability to critically analyse relevant problems within the field of music education and to plan, implement and document this research work in writing. The research studies programme has a broad specialisation, although there is a certain orientation towards intercultural perspectives on musical learning and research focusing on schools and creativity(ies). For information about completed doctoral thesis projects, see the website: (link to the webpage showing theses).
For full-time students, the research studies programme normally takes four years of study. For detailed information on the general and specific entry requirements, please see the general syllabus for research studies in music education: General syllabi for the Research Programme in Music Education.

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
The Doctoral Students’ Handbook (


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