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Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #1022 (BCR) Stavanger, Norway
The Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance at University of Stavanger  is designated to international students or others with a high level in their main instrument. 
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 The year is meant for those wanting to dedicate a year to concentrating on a limited portion of the repertoire (e.g. Norwegian music), technical studies, auditioning practice and repertoire, competition preparations or simply to study with a particular teacher after graduating from a university or academy in Norway or abroad.

A high level of performance is required for admittance. Normally, Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance at University of Stavanger will form a year of specialization and in-depth study with your main instrument after completion of an MA.


The School occupies approximately 6500 square meters of space and includes the Conservatory building as well as additional space in the adjacent buildings of Bjergsted Terrace. Facilities include classrooms, practise rooms, five dance studios, two computer labs, a well- stocked library, three recording studios, administrative and faculty offices, a canteen, and three performance spaces, including a recital hall. 

Opportunities for teaching practise occur in cooperation with the Stavanger Music and Culture School and local elementary schools.  In addition, the School offers evening classes in dance for children and youth. 

Concert and performance opportunities for students are many. Over 100 individual concerts are presented each year in addition to larger projects such as the annual opera production and the spring dance performance.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

 The programme has four main areas: 

  • solo instrument, 
  • ensemble, 
  • interpretation 
  •  concert performance/ production

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • 60 ECTS (1 year programme)
  • The entrance auditions for music studies will be held in week 10. If you are a foreign student outside Scandinavia who cannot meet for live auditions, it is possible to upload 45 minutes of your audition programme in the electronisc application form. It has to be unedited music.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Stavanger

  • 10497 - 15900 NOK/month
    Living Costs

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