Master in Ethnomusicology

Master in Ethnomusicology

2 years
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  • Fee: NPR 253,000

The Department of Music at Kathmandu University offers two-year Masters Program in Ethnomusicology. The M.A. (Ethnomusicology) Program is highly participatory and students are expected to take an active role in the preparation, field research and leading of class discussions. Course work emphasizes the value of fieldwork coupled with a strong theoretical grounding. It supports both continued research and teaching at tertiary and secondary education levels, as well as having application in a variety of other institutional settings.

The program focuses on assisting students to:

  1. Acquire knowledge and skills concerning Music Training (Practical) and Research in Ethnomusicology,


  • To equip postgraduates with a professional qualification in Ethnomusicology; 
  • To develop a sound theoretical basis for undertaking musical research; 
  • To provide students with a thorough grounding in the field for teaching purposes; 
  • To give practical training in musical performance and dance; 
  • To consider Irish music within a larger geographical framework
  • To develop capability and confidence of students to contribute nationally and internationally as Musician and Scholar
  • Be able to effectively conduct basis and applied research, and work in a team

Salient Features

The new semester will begin from the 8th of February 2015. There is a provision of scholarship for 20% of the total number of admitted students.



Completion of a four-year Bachelor degree in Ethnomusicology, with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 out of 4.0 or an equivalent of 50% marks acquired will be the basic criteria. Also, securing an acceptable ranking in the entrance exam will be essential. The entrance exam will test the candidate's musical skills, language proficiency and analytical abilities.