Master's in Research on the Arts

The specialized Master program in Research on the Arts (MRA) is designed for graduates of Master programs at Swiss music and art schools/academies who are interested in obtaining a PhD from the Graduate School of the Arts at the University of Bern (www.gsa.unibe.ch).

This study program will be started for the last time in fall 2018.

Students are taught methods of scientific and scholarly research at the university level. Students also gain insight into research work and the presentation of research results by participating in a research project at the university or at the Bern University of the Arts, and by attending research symposia. Through their active participation in the courses in the discipline in which their doctoral degree is to be obtained, students are also introduced to the scholarly and scientific standards in that field. The overall aim here is to enable students to conduct their own research on various aspects of the arts in order to attain the qualifications needed to subsequently earn a doctoral degree at the University of Bern.  
  

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Master Research on the Arts
Basic information
Degree: Master of Arts in Research on the Arts, Universität Bern
Number of credits: 120 ECTS credits
Degree programs: Mono 120 ECTS credits
Duration: 2 semesters
Language: German
Beginning studies: No more applications
Regulations regarding studies and performance assessments at the University of Bern Faculty of Humanities (RSL 05) from October 27, 2005, with amendments (Document in German) Studienplan für den spezialisierten Master Research on the Arts vom 16. Februar 2015 (Document in German)

The specialized Master program in Research on the Arts (MRA) is designed for graduates of Master programs at Swiss music and art schools/academies who are interested in obtaining a PhD from the Graduate School of the Arts of the University of Bern (www.gsa. unibe.ch). Students are taught methods of scientific and scholarly research at the university level. Students also gain insight into research work and the presentation of research results by participating in a research project at the university or at the Bern University of the Arts, and by attending research symposia. Through their active participation in the courses in the discipline in which their doctoral degree is to be obtained, students are also introduced to the scholarly and scientific standards in that field. The overall aim here is to enable students to conduct their own research on various aspects of the arts in order to attain the qualifications needed to subsequently earn a doctoral degree from the Graduate School of the Arts at the University of Bern.

The MRA program generally takes 2 semesters (total of 120 credits). However, only 60 credits need to be earned, as the other 60 are waived because of the student's Master's degree.

The MRA program encompasses four modules.

  • Module I: Introductory module that focuses on academic research techniques. Courses are taken in the discipline in which the student's doctoral degree is to be obtained (10 credits).
  • Module II: Active participation in a research project at the university or at the Bern University of the Arts and participation in a research symposium (15 credits).
  • Module III: Additional courses in the discipline in which the student's doctoral degree is to be obtained (5 credits).
  • Module IV: Master thesis in the discipline in which the student's doctoral degree is to be obtained (30 credits).

Courses are selected after consultation with the student's advisor, who also monitors the master thesis.

 

Degree

The Master program leads to the title of Master of Arts in Research on the Arts, University of Bern.