To graduate from the School of Music Studies, students have to attend and successfully complete courses (compulsory and elective), belonging to one of the following pathways: A. Musicology/Music Education, B. Composition. The elective courses are organised in five subject fields: a. Music History/Culture, b. Music Theory/Analysis, c. Ethnomusicology/Byzantine Musicology, d. Music Education/Psychology/Music Therapy, e. Musical Acoustics/Technology/Informatics. These subject fields allow students to organise their personalised track up until their final dissertation, acquiring specialisation in one or more of the above fields (one subject field requires at least 9 courses of more than 45 ECTS). Examinations are oral/written or in an assignment form. During the last two semesters students select a specialized topic and prepare a graduate dissertaion (equivalent to 9 courses). The absolute minimum duration for the dissertation is one academic semester.
The School of Music Studies degree programme aims to provide a formative background for a broad range of music researchers, enabling them to promote the discipline of musicology alongside an ever growing range of associated interdisciplinary subjects. At the same time, it is constructed with a view to meeting the employment needs and requirements of professional qualified Musicologists, Music Educators, and Composers, through an emphasis on diverse practical, historical, systematic and educational aspects of music-making. The applied dimensions of the course focus on skills and learning outcomes that will enable students to contribute successfully to a range of professions in the fields of Education, Art and Culture. In particular, the degree programme incorporates a Certificate of Educational Qualification which allows graduates to be involved as teachers in public primary and secondary schools.
Upon successful completion of the programme requirements, and depending on their choice of pathway as reflected in their chosen modules, seminars and dissertation subject, graduates are able to:
a) teach music in Primary and Secondary Education Institutions as well as in specialist Music high schools
b) conduct scholarly and scientific research in Musicology (including Historical & Systematic Musicology, Ethnomusicology & Byzantine Music Studies)
c) critically evaluate, analyse and review published, live and/or recorded music in the context of written or audiovisual media
d) compose original instrumental, vocal, orchestral and electroacoustic music
e) teach Music Theory and Composition in Conservatoires and Music Schools
f) use Music & Sound Technologies and Multimedia Applications in various contexts
g) set up and/or participate in Music Therapy and Music in Special Education programmes
h) co-ordinate and/or manage a variety of Art Music & Traditional/Folk Music Ensembles
i) act as an assistant, consultant or co-ordinator on Music Projects and Programmes in Cultural Organisations and Art Establishments
Graduates of the School of Music Studies, further to the basic knowledge of their discipline and profession are able to: 1) apply knowledge in practice, 2) communicate in at least one foreign language, 3) search, process, analyse and synthesize data and information in a variety of formats, us and through the necessary technologies, 4) adapt to novel situations and make informed decisions, 5) work independently or in groups in international and/or interdisciplinary contexts, 6) generate new research ideas and design and manage projects, 7) respect diversity, multiculturalism and the natural environment, 8) demonstrate social, professional and moral responsibility and sensitivity to gender, race, religion and ethnicity issues, 9) view themselves as well as others critically and self-reflect on their methods & practices, 10) promote free, creative and constructive thinking.