The Master of Music, pathway Music Design (MMus) gives you the opportunity to develop further as an instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, producer, sound designer or music technologist.

You do so by drawing up a personal study plan that forms the basis for the two-year Master’s course. Prior to your application for the Master of Music, we ask you to focus on a certain profile. You will then develop this profile in the study plan and describe how you want to shape it. Fixed components of the course include research (more or less practically oriented) and an internship.

Music Design pathway

The Music Design pathway is divided into the following four strands: Composition, Music Production, Music Technology and Sound Design. You can take this pathway if you have passed a Bachelor’s course in composition, music production, music technology or sound design, or have a Bachelor’s certificate in a similar subject.

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Why this course?

  • Personal study plan

  • Personal supervision by tutor/supervisor and teachers

  • (Practice-oriented) research

  • Contacts with the professional field: venues, music organisations, etc.

  • Training in business and organisational skills

  • Masterclasses and clinics
  • Participation in projects
  • Practice-oriented internship
  • Multidisciplinary projects, in collaboration with animation, modern dance, theatre, film, games, visual art, etc.
  • Artist-in-residence projects
  • Presentations, lectures and seminars.
  • Opportunity to participate in one of HKU’s academic research programmes, e.g. the Music Design Research Programme. This programme focusses on the interactive and innovative applications of music design.
  • Access tot HKU’s Expertise Centre programme, offering among other things a range of tools to enhance your entrepreneurial skills. The Expertise Centres organise lectures, network events and a variety of workshops.


If you wish to put yourself forward as a candidate for the Master of Music, you must have completed a professional music course at Bachelor’s level, or a similar course abroad, before 1 September of the new academic year. You are motivated to develop yourself further and are able to substantiate this motivation well in an interview and in your cover letter, in which you outline your study goals. The admissions committee will also assess your audition and your curriculum vitae.

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You could be eligible for funding via a talent grant or the Holland Scholarship. Read more about scholarships and grants.

More information

For more information about the Master of Music, please contact HKU Service Desk Student Affairs by e-mail

If you are interested in the MMus Pathway Music Design, please contact Claudia van den Hoeven – MMus tutor (


  • Degree: Master of Music (CROHO 44739)
  • Two-year study programme (120 ECTS)
  • Location: Ina Boudier-Bakkerlaan 50, 3582 VA Utrecht.
  • Tuition fee (new window)