Music of the Middle Ages (Master of Music)

Basic info & Application

  • Faculty: 2
  • Degree: Master of Music (M.Mus.)
  • Standard period of study: 4 semesters full-time (part-time study is possible)
  • Workload: 120 ECTS Credits
  • Language of instruction: German
  • Provider: Folkwang University of the Arts
  • Programme start: Each winter semester in October and each summer semester in April

Admission requirements

_Evidence of a completed university studies in the field of music or musicology (Diploma, Bachelor, State examination or an equivalent degree). Official database on the equivalence of international educational achievements:

_Evidence of artistic aptitude or outstanding artistic talent respectively by passing the aptitude test at the Folkwang University of the Arts

Language requirements

_Applicants have to verify proof of language level B2 with enrolment.


_The required levels of language skills at Folkwang University of the Arts are in accordance to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).


_50 € application fee: For your application a fee of € 50 is due. The amount will be shown to you in the application form.


_No tuition fees are charged at Folkwang.


_Each semester all students have to pay a social contribution for the services of the Student Union, a student contribution for the work of the AStA (General Student Committee) and the VRR/NRW ticket. A breakdown of the amounts plus information on how to pay is available here.


Folkwang actively supports the call of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to train people with disabilities as artists and therefore particularly welcomes applications for the guest student programme, regular study courses and requests for inclusive cooperation projects. Prospective students should make use of the possibility of a counselling meeting with the  Representative for students with disability or chronic illness in advance.

Application documents

Applications must be submitted via the Folkwang Application Portal by the end of the application period on 15 November (for the following summer semester). The portal is open for applications from 1 October to 15 November.


For the study course “Music of the Middle Ages“ you have to upload the following documents in the portal:

_Curriculum Vitae in tabular form (desired)

_Passport photograph (optional)

_School-Leaving certificate from the last school attended If applicable, degree certificate, transcript of records and/or certificate of enrolment from the university/ies attended to date

_If applicable, certificate of foreign university entrance examination such as APS certificate / American College Test (ACT) / College Scholastic Ability Test / University Entrance Examination Center Test or other international educational achievements that constitute a university entrance qualification for Germany such as completed periods of studies; country-specific information:

_Receipt for payment of the application fee (bank statement)

Aptitude test (in german)

Bitte beachten Sie, dass Sie zum Termin der Eignungsprüfung persönlich vor Ort sein müssen. Der genaue Termin wird Ihnen rechtzeitig mitgeteilt.

Künstlerische Eignungsprüfung für den Studiengang Musik des Mittelalters (M.Mus.) (Dauer ca. 20 Minuten):

I. für alle Bewerberinnen und Bewerber

_Vortrag eines gregorianischen Introitus
_Vortrag eines gregorianischen Hymnus
_Vortrag eines vorbereiteten lateinischen oder alt- bzw. mittelhochdeutschen Textes
_Kolloquium zu Fachfragen und zur Studienmotivation

II. schwerpunktspezifisch

a. Vokaler Schwerpunkt:

_Vortrag eines Vokalstücks aus dem Bereich mittelalterlicher Musik (Gregorianischer Choral und verwandte Repertoires sowie Troubadour/Trouvères/Minnesang)
_Nachsingen modaler (kirchentonaler) Melodien

b. Instrumentaler Schwerpunkt:

_Ein frei gewähltes Instrumentalstück entweder auf dem gewünschten oder auf dem bisher studierten Instrument
_Nachspielen modaler (kirchentonaler) Melodien

III. Bewertungskriterien:

Gehobener vokal-/ instrumentaltechnischer Leistungsstand und musikalische Ausdrucksfähigkeit, - stimmliche und sprachliche Eignung, gehobenes stilistisches Differenzierungsvermögen, angemessenes Reagieren im Kontext von Improvisationen (Vor- und Nachspielen/-singen, Weiterführen der Melodie im Rahmen der Modalität).

Alle Prüfungsteile der künstlerischen Eignungsprüfung werden gleich gewichtet.


Only after you have successfully applied for a study place is your last step in the application process enrolment. Enrolment takes place at the end of September for the start of studies in October and at the end of March for the start of studies in April. Please refer to your letter of admission for the exact period.

Further information on the procedure and documents can be found on the websites on enrolment.