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  • 36 months
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You’ll gain the competence to work in expert positions requiring a profound knowledge of music in one of the best performing arts universities of the world. 

Essential to music theory majors are skills in harmony and voice leading, music analysis and instrumentation, as well as instrument studies. As a student, you will also study aural skills and music history. 


The Music Theory programme at the University of the Arts Helsinki prepare you to engage in discussion within the music community and in society at large. 

Graduates of the programme work in demanding roles of music expert and music pedagogue, for example as teachers, journalists, researchers and musicians.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Music analysis theory and practicum
  • Written communication
  • Advanced post-tonal analysis
  • Advanced tonal analysis
  • Aspects of music theory 
  • Orchestral instruments

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Applicants who are applying to study either composition or music theory as a major subject are evaluated in different admission groups. 
  • You can apply for both major subjects during the same year. 
  • The programme will require you to have higher preparedness in music theory and aural skills in comparison to other programmes at the Sibelius Academy as well as an extensive knowledge of western music.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Helsinki

  • 975 - 1590 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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