Bachelor in Musicology

Education objectives

1) To acquire a solid methodological and academic grounding in the area of Musicology;
2) To acquire sensitivity towards the study of Portugal’s musical heritage and the phenomenon of the identity and diversity of musical cultures;
3) To acquire knowledge and an understanding of the various academic areas of musicology, with particular emphasis on the History of Music, Theory, Analysis and Techniques of Composition, and Ethnomusicology;
4) To develop the ability to apply acquired knowledge and solve problems in the above academic areas, thus ensuring autonomous lifelong learning;
5) To demonstrate the ability to collect, select and interpret information acquired from documentary and field research in musicological domains in order to support decisions and critiques;
6) To develop skills to communicate information, ideas and aspects of musical practice to different publics.

General characterization

DGES code



Bachelor (1st Cycle)



Access to other programs

Completion of the licenciatura allows the holder to apply for Masters or Doctoral programmes or other post-graduate courses including those which do not confer a degree.


David Cranmer

Opening date

September 2019




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Teaching language

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Degree pre-requisites

Duration: 3 years/6 semesters.
Students must perform 180 credits: 90 credits based in the compulsory curricular units, 60 credits in a set of elective optionals and 30 credits undertaken in free-elective optionals or in a minor of another scientific area. Every semester, the student may not sign up in more than 30 credits, respecting the precedence when these have been set. At the beginning of each semester, students will be advised of the curricular units to carry out in order to appropriate them to their academic career.
The undergraduate students can still benefit from the different mobility programmes in which FCSH/NOVA participates as Erasmus +, Almeida Garrett exchange programmes, among others, and participate in research within the research units of the Faculty.
The degree of “licenciado” corresponds to the level 6 of the NQF and EQF-National Qualifications Framework/European Qualifications Framework.

Conditions of admittance

Students may be admitted to Higher Education through the National Competition for Access to Higher Education, special competitions/regimes and entry systems, re-enrolment systems, course changes and transfers. To apply for access to higher education through the National Competition, students must fulfill the requirements described in DGES/Access to Higher Education. More info at For more information about International Students please visit Candidates must have formal education in music.

Evaluation rules

Students at FCSH/NOVA are evaluated based on the work developed over a semester, based on class participation, presentation of written and oral tests and examinations. The result obtained either by continuous assessment or evaluation of the tests is expressed on a scale of 0 to 20. To be approved, students must have at least 10 points to pass, however, who fail have a second chance to repeat the exams. Repeat exam: Has access any student of 1st or 2nd cycle who has obtained the minimum grade of eight values per rounding in the final grade of the curricular unit. SPECIAL PROCEDURES FOR EVALUATION: - Worker-Student - Students with the status of top athletes - Mothers and fathers students - Associative leaders - Military - Other special arrangements provided legally. Students with special needs can benefit from teaching and learning conditions to meet their needs.


Code Name ECTS
711021000 Acoustics - 2nd semester 6
711021087 Collegium Musicum 1 - 1st semester 3
711021088 Collegium Musicum 2 - 2nd semester 3
711021019 Ethnomusicology: Musical Cultures of the World - 2nd semester 6
711021068 Ethnomusicology: Introduction - 1st semester 6
711021020 Ethnomusicology Fieldwork - 2nd semester 6
711021021 Theory and Methods of Ethnomusicology - 1st semester 6
711021069 Philosophy of Music: Foundations - 1st semester 6
711021089 Musical Training 1 - 1st semester 3
711021090 Musical Training 2 - 1st semester 3
711021053 Major Trends in the History of Music - 1st semester 6
711021058 History of Portuguese Music - 2nd semester 6
711021059 Music and Computing - 2nd semester 6
711021081 Organology - 1st semester 6
711021070 Sociology of Music: Theory and Method - 1st semester 6
711021091 Techniques of Musical Composition 1 - 2nd semester 3
711021092 Techniques of Musical Composition 2 - 1st semester 3
711021066 Research Topics in Musicology - 2nd semester 6
711021056 Theory and Method in Musicology - 1st semester 6
Elective option 1
Code Name ECTS
711021086 Analysis of Orally Transmitted Musics - 1st semester 6
711021073 Musical Theory and Analysis - 1300 to 1600 - 2nd semester 6
711021074 Musical Theory and Analysis - 1600 to 1750 6
711021075 Musical Theory and Analysis - 1750 to 1815 - 1st semester 6
711021062 Musical Theory and Analysis - 1815 to 1890 - 2nd semester 6
711021003 Musical Theory and Analysis - 1890 to 1950 - 2nd semester 6
711021004 Musical Theory and Analysis - 1950 to the present - 1st semester 6
711021072 Musical Theory and Analysis - 800 to 1300 - 2nd semester 6
Elective option 2
Code Name ECTS
711021023 History of Music: Antiquity to 1300 - 2nd semester 6
711021024 History of Music: 1300-1600 - 2nd semester 6
711021025 History of Music: 1600-1750 - 2nd semester 6
711021071 History of Music: 1750-1820 - 1st semester 6
711021093 History of Music: 1820-1890 - 2nd semester 6
711021026 History of Music: 1890-1950 - 1st semester 6
711021027 History of Music: 1950 to the present - 1st semester 6
711021030 History of Iberian and Latin American Music - 1st semester 6
Elective option 3
Code Name ECTS
711021008 Basso Continuo and Accompaniment - 2nd semester 6
711021082 Musical Cultures in Portugal - 1st semester 6
711021078 Popular Music Studies - 1st semester 6
711021063 Philosophy of Music: Problematics - 2nd semester 6
711021085 Introdução à Psicologia e Pedagogia da Música 6
711021064 Chamber Music - 1st semester 6
711021079 Música e Tecnologias do Som (not translated) - 2nd semester 6
711021060 Musical Interpretation - 1st semester 6
711021080 Prática Musical – Músicas do Mundo (not translated) - 2nd semester 6
711021076 Sociology of Music: Problematics 6