Music Performance - Master programme, part-time

Study programme description for study year 2024-2025


Credits (ECTS)


Studyprogram code



Master's degree (2 years)

Leads to degree

Master i utøvende musikk




6 Semesters



Language of instruction

The master's degree programme in performing music requires a performing bachelor's degree and is aimed at musicians at a high artistic level, who have an interest in and great motivation to do an in-depth study. Initially, the programme is open to students from most styles and genres (classical music, jazz, improvisation, contemporary music, etc.), but limited to expertise available at the faculty for supervision and teaching within the student's chosen specialty area.

The language of instruction at the master's programme is English. Norwegian can be used in groups with only Norwegian-speaking students.

Learning environment, teaching and learning methods: The programme's working methods will be both teacher-led and student-led. A central part of the students' working hours will be used for practice, both individually and in ensembles. Teaching in the main instrument is given as a combination of individual hours, master classes and supervision in connection with executive projects. In addition, individual supervision is given in connection with the master's project. The teaching and learning methods are of great importance for the realization of learning outcomes; emphasis is therefore placed on working methods that require both independence and cooperation.

There are mandatory work requirements related to teaching activity. See UK's regulations for requirements for attendance in teaching and projects.

Conditions for continuing in the programme: The student must pass the courses in the 1st year of study in order to start the master's project in the second year of study, which in turn must be passed in order to start the 3rd year of study.

Structure of the programme: The programme is a full-time study programme over 2 years and is structured into 3 categories: Specialization courses of 100 credits and broad-based support subjects of 20 credits (elective courses). The support courses are theoretical with a stronger or looser association with the performance. Start-up of elective courses depends on number of applicants / available resources at the institution. The performing identity of the programme is primarily expressed by the proportionality between the subject areas. Secondly, all courses are intended as supportive of the final product of the programme, which is the main instrument exam in the fourth semester. In this way, theoretical performing courses build up general maturity processes in the work on the musical material, as well as stimulate perspective for the project specialization in the third semester. The performing specialization benefits the time and energy the students dedice larger initiatives at the school or give the opportunity to concentrate on special areas of interest and competence.

Test forms: Reference is made to the Exam Regulations for UiS and to the individual course descriptions.

Independent work: Mum201 Master's project (30 credits) constitutes the independent work in the programme. The work is carried out under supervision, and concludes with a concert or demonstration lectures, recording or soloist assignments, depending on the type of exercise the student has described in his/her project description.

Recognition of previous education /transitional arrangements: Recognition of previous education is assessed by the faculty on an individual basis and requires documentation of exams taken from an external institution.

It is the student's specialization area that is the framework for the work on the master's project. Students in the master's programme are obliged to use Canvas, which is a common platform for communication between students and employees/administration.

Learning outcomes

After completing the programme, the candidate will have acquired the knowledge, skills and general competence that enable the candidate to:


  • have advanced knowledge in the field and specialized insight within their in-depth area
  • have knowledge of artistic theory and methods


  • realize and communicate their artistic intentions with a clear personal expression
  • use relevant methods for artistic research in an independent manner
  • conduct a soloist and chamber musical concert activity carry out an independent, limited specialization project, under supervision

General competence

  • demonstrate reflection and innovation
  • articulate and discuss music-related issues in a critically reflected way, both within the academic community and with the public

Career prospects

The Master's Programme in Performing Music educates musicians, conductors and singers into a versatile professional field, and for professions such as performers in orchestras, bands, choirs and more. Together with practical-pedagogical education, you can also work as an instrumental teacher in the school system.

The Master of Performing Music provides the basis for further studies on the third cycle (PhD in artistic research).

Course assessment

The programme is quality assured through UiS's quality system, in accordance with criteria and guidelines from NOKUT.

Study plan and courses

  • Retningsvalg

    • Jazz

    • Klassisk

      • MUM3502KD: Main Instrument II - Classical

        Year 3, semester 5

        Main Instrument II - Classical (MUM3502KD)

        Study points: 40

  • Retningsvalg

Student exchange

All students at UiS should have the opportunity to take part of their study abroad. For students on part-time programmes, some extra adjustments are often required.

For supplementary information about arrangements, recommendations and contact person, see Master i utøvende musikk – heltid.

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to Master in Music Performance a completed Bachelor Degree in Music Performance (minimum 180 ECTS) is required. At least 90 ECTS of the Bachelor programme must consist of music performance subjects.

In addition, you must pass 2 rounds of entrance exams and an interview.

Language requirement

As a general requirement for admission to Master in Music Performance, all applicants must document proficiency in English on advanced level through an international test, recognized by the University of Stavanger. UiS does not offer any preparatory courses in English. Please see English language requirements for detailed information regarding required score.

Application: Local Admission

Application Deadline: 15 December

Contact information

Faculty of Performing Arts, Tel. +47 51 83 40 00, email: