MMT FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions by prospective students

ABOUT THE MMT

What can the MMT programme offer me?

What are the employment prospects for someone with a degree in MMT?

What are the aims of the program?

How long does the programme take?

Will I need to write a thesis?

Does the program focus on music and neuroscience?

OTHER ISSUES

What does it cost?

Does the University of Jyväskylä provide stipends for students?

Can international Masters students receive funding from the Finnish Government?

Where can I find more information about studying in Finland?

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What can the MMT programme offer me?

 

Depending on your background, you can have several reasons for studying on the MMT programme. If you are a musician, music educator or musicologist, you may wish to expand your expertise and improve your professional skills by getting acquainted with contemporary research issues that are directly related to your work. These could include, for instance, scientific studies on music performance and practice as well as technological applications that you can utilize in your work. Or, if you are a psychologist with an interest in music, you might want to deepen your knowledge about the musical mind. If you have a background in computer science or a related discipline, you could explore new areas by applying your skills in computer modelling or development of interactive music systems.

 

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What are the employment prospects for someone with a degree in MMT?

The programme provides you with expertise for a wide range of activities and positions, covering such areas as music technology, education, industry and research. The degree also entitles you to enrol in doctoral programmes.

 

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What are the aims of the program?

  • acquaint you with the main areas of contemporary research on music perception and cognition
  • familiarize you with methods and equipment used in various music technological applications
  • provide you with skills needed for designing, executing and reporting empirical investigations
  • supply you with the knowledge and skills needed for doctoral studies

 

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How long does the programme take?

 

The programme consists of 120 ECTS credits and it requires two academic years of full-time study. Please click here to get information about the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

 

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Will I need to write a thesis?

 

The program is designed to prepare you for writing your thesis. The topic of the thesis should be something related to the perceptual and/or cognitive processing of music. This takes on many forms (music and neuroscience and becoming increasingly popular among our students). You can view some of the past thesis here.

 

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Does the program focus on music and neuroscience?

 

The University of Jyväskylä will open in 2014 the Jyväskylä Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research. Our department will be closely tied to this centre via Professor Petri Toiviainen. The centre will offer a Minor In Neuroscience, which will be available to students of the MMT.

 

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What much does it cost?

 

Higher education in Finland is financed by the state and there is no tuition fee paid to the institutions of higher education. However, the membership fee for the Student Union is compulsory for all students aiming at a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

In addition to this, students must be able to pay for their food, lodgings, clothes, study material, social life, etc.

More details of the student union fee and living costs.

Non-EU citizens are required to obtain a residence permit to study in Finland, which is valid for one year. The residence permit requires the applicant to submit a bank statement showing a certain balance (or international monetary equivalent), or a work contract with a monthly salary. This is to ensure that the international student can support themselves for one year. More information can be found here.

 

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Does the University of Jyväskylä provide stipends for students?

 

Generally, there are no stipends offered to students at the graduate level. These are usually reserved for doctoral candidates. There are however opportunities to work as a research assistant for professors. Such opportunities are rare (as they depend highly on the professor's own project funding) but do come up once or twice per year.

 

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Can international Masters students receive funding from the Finnish Government?

 

For international students, to receive funding from the government (through KELA, Finland's social security agency), you would have had to work in Finland for a period. More information about this can be found through KELA's website: http://www.kela.fi/web/en

 

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Where can I find more information about studying in Finland?

This website: http://www.studyinfinland.fi provides a wealth of information on studying and living in Finland.

 

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