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).


_For questions regarding language certificates, please contact Stefanie Melters (melters(at)


_50 € application feeFor your application a fee of € 50 is due. If you apply for multiple study courses simultaneously, the fee is € 50 for the first application and € 15 for every additional study course. The amount will be automatically calculated and 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.

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

_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 and information on the procedure.


You must provide the following document for enrolment:


_completed application for enrolment AND Folkwang Card (you received both applications together with your certificate of admission)

_Evidence of a German health insurance OR an exemption from the compulsory health insurance (i.e. recognition of your foreign health insurance by a statutory health insurance in Germany – refer to information provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in this regard)

_The original OR certified copy of the general university entrance qualification certificate (a certified German translation is essential for such certificates acquired abroad)

_If not already provided during the application procedure: Language qualification for the language entrance level required in the study course (only required if you did not acquire your university entrance qualification in Germany). The table provides you with an initial overview of all language requirements. Further information on language qualifications at Folkwang is available on the 'German as a foreign language (GFL)' page.

_Evidence of payment of the semester contribution