Master's Program in Church Music

University of the Arts Helsinki
2.5 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
English, Finnish, Swedish

About this program

Master's Program in Church Music

This versatile training under the guidance of top-level experts gives you the competence to work in diverse roles in the field of church music.

As a master's student, you will reach a higher level in your instrument and expand your knowledge and skills in pedagogy and research. You will choose an area of specialisation choral conducting, singing, organ music, or research or carry out a project and design your own unique module of artistic studies. Degree requirements include a written work and a thesis project.

You can also choose courses organised by the other two academies of the University and complete so-called joint studies that are available for all students.

Admission requirements

Admissions criteria include educability, good musical skills and knowledge, motivation for church music studies and a sufficient proficiency level in Finnish or Swedish required for the studies. The Church Music Degree programss in Kuopio and Helsinki have the same entrance examination.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Church Music, Master of Music, 2020-21


  • The student may seek a broader and more in-depth competence in the module with the following units:
  • One of the following unless the student completes Master's thesis

Choral conducting B, church music - KK1

Choral conducting A, church music - KK1

Voice performance B (minimum), church music - KK1

Organ performance B (minimum) - KK1


Other artistically oriented church music module


  • Students must select at least one unit from the following options or any other pedagogical unit of at least:


  • Also one of the following unless the student completes project

Master's thesis


For more information, please check the course webpage.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

The languages of instruction for this Program are English, Finnish and Swedish.


The tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students is €5000 per year.

Tuition fees at Uniarts Helsinki are only applicable to Non-EU and non-EEA students studying for a BA or a MA degree in English.


Content and Objective of the Program

Studies in vocal music, conducting and organ music are the core of church music training. You will also complete studies in accompaniment, arranging and composing music, improvisation, pedagogy, all-around music skills and research. The degree gives the competence to work as a cantor and in several other roles in the field of music.

Continuing studies

It is possible to complete a licentiate and a doctoral degree at the University as a third-cycle degree. After graduating with a masters degree, you will have the option to apply for doctoral studies in music and specialise in research-oriented, artistic or applied doctoral studies.

Career paths

After completing a degree in church music, you can work in diverse expert and developer roles and as a musician, pedagogue or a researcher. As a cantor in a parish, you are in charge of planning and performing the music for church services, and you can also work in other positions in the field of church music, including as a singer, musician or conductor. Church musicians also work as artist-performers, composers and researchers.

About this institute

University of the Arts Helsinki

The University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) offers the highest education in fine arts, music, dance and theatre in an inspiring multidisciplinary environment. Uniarts Helsinki’s wide selection of programs in the field of arts and productive dialogue between teaching...

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Why study at University of the Arts Helsinki

  • The University of the Arts is one of the leading performing arts universities in the world: Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy has ranked among the top 22 universities in the QS World University Ranking for five consecutive years (2016–2022).
  • We have unique facilities for creating arts with two campuses in Helsinki and a new building for fine arts which was opened in 2021. The facilities are in the use of the Academy of Fine Arts as well as students of light design, sound design, and design for the performing arts. We host over 1,000 public performances or exhibitions per year.
  • At Uniarts Helsinki you can study in an inspiring environment where different disciplines of art influence each other. The academies of Uniarts Helsinki;Academy of Fine Arts, Theatre Academy and Sibelius Academy, have roots deep within the Finnish arts education and history of art. The predecessors of all three academies were founded in the 19th century although then they operated under slightly different names.
  • The Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki is an international academy with a focus on fine arts. Students' personal aspirations and one-to-one guidance in teaching are at the heart of the academy.
  • The Sibelius Academy of Uniarts Helsinki is one of the largest music academies in Europe. It is the cornerstone of the Finnish music culture through its expertise in teaching, research and artistic activities.
  • The Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki is a reformer of the performing arts and offer the highest education in theatre, dance and writing in Finland.


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University of the Arts Helsinki

Sörnäinen campus
Sörnäisten rantatie 19
00530 Helsinki

Phone no: +358294 47 2000

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