Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the deadlines for applications?
A: 28th February 2021 for Bachelor and Master of Music in Sonology, 1st April 2021 for the One-Year Sonology Course.

Q: Are all your lessons taught in English?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I start in the second semester?
A: No, you can only start at the beginning of the first semester.

Q: Do I have to attend a live admission exam?
A: There are live admission exams for the bachelor’s programme. In exceptional cases we can organise a live admission exam through Skype. There are no live admission exams for the master’s programmes or the one-year course. 

Q: Can I apply for the Bachelor or Master of Music in Sonology when I do not have the required diploma yet, but expect to graduate soon?
A: Yes, you can. Should you be accepted, then the deadline for handing in a copy of your diploma is 1st September 2021.

Q: How many students apply for Sonology’s programmes, and how many students are accepted?
A: Each year there are around 30-40 students applying for the bachelor’s programme, of whom around 8 are accepted. There are around 40 applications for the master’s programme, of which 8–10 are accepted. There are over 70 applications for the one-year course, of which 20 are accepted.

Q: What is the difference between the Bachelor of Music in Sonology and the One-Year Sonology Course?
A: The bachelor’s programme is a four-year degree programme in which the subjects are mandatory and attended in a specific order, and finished with assignments and /or tests. The students also work on individual projects, which are supervised and assessed, and there are Music Theory and Educational Skills courses.
Many subjects from the bachelor’s programme are also offered in the one-year course, but here, the students are free to choose their subjects and there are no exams. Participation in the one-year course does not lead to a degree but is awarded with a certificate.

Q: Can I take the One-Year Sonology Course as a preparation for the Bachelor of Music in Sonology?
A: Theoretically you can, but if you are interested in the bachelor’s programme, we would advise you to apply for that straight away.

Q: Do I pay more for the one-year course when I’m a non-European student?
A: No, for the one-year course, all students pay the same fees.

Q: How diverse is your department?
A: In 2021–22 we will have 69 students of 31 different nationalities of whom 27 are women. We have 16 permanent staff members of whom 6 are women, and 7 guest teachers of whom 3 are women.

Q: Is the one-year course a full-time programme?
A: The schedule for the one-year course is organised in such a way that it is possible to attend all subjects, in which case the course is almost full-time. However, most students make a selection of subjects in order to have enough time to work on their own projects.

Q: Do I need the Bachelor of Music in Sonology degree to be accepted for your master’s programme?
A: No, you need a bachelor’s degree in a field that is relevant for Sonology, such as music composition, music performance, musicology, sound art, media art, computer science, etc.

Q: Does it make sense to do the One-Year Course as a preparation for The Master of Music in Sonology?
A: This depends on your previous education. When you already have the skills and knowledge to carry out the proposed master’s project, then go ahead and apply for the master’s programme. As a master’s student you will have the possibility to attend subjects from the one-year course.
When you want do develop your project proposal further, while increasing your knowledge in the field of electroacoustic music and sound art, then the one-year course is a good choice.
Being a one-year course student does not guarantee a place in the master’s programme in the following year.

Q: Can I apply for the Master of Music in Sonology and the One-Year Course simultaneously?
A: Yes, you can. You could then be accepted for one of these programmes.

Q: How many subjects from the one-year course can I take while being a master’s student?
A: There is no official limit, but realistically, you should limit yourself to two or three subjects per academic year, so that there is enough time left for your individual project.

Q: I am a deejay / EDM artist. Is Sonology the right place for me?
A: It might be. We have students with a background in EDM, but our educational programmes do not include pop music production techniques, song writing, etc.
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