Master's Program in Conducting

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

Master's Program in Conducting

Leave your name in the history of Finnish music by studying symphony or wind orchestra conducting or choral conducting under the guidance of top-quality teachers.

The degree program in conducting comprises a variety of subjects within music theory and conducting practice. With the help of studies that are tailored to fit your personal goals, you will acquire the skills needed to work in demanding roles in the field of music.

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

An applicant can be accepted to undertake studies in the degree programs leading to Bachelor’s and Master's degrees in Fine Arts if they:

  • demonstrate talent in the fine arts, are oriented towards the fine arts, and have an aptitude for the studies included in the degree programs for bachelor’s and Master's degrees at the Academy of Fine Arts,
  • have the necessary educational background required for the studies,
  • have demonstrated their language proficiency in the manner specified by the Academy.

Demonstrating proficiency in English

Applicants may demonstrate their proficiency in English in the following ways:

  • General education completed in English in an EU or EEA country or in Switzerland, the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand
  • University degree or a university of applied sciences degree completed in English in an EU or EEA country or Switzerland, the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand
  • University or a university of applied sciences degree completed in Finnish or Swedish in Finland, which includes foreign language studies in English in accordance with the decree 794/2004 or 1129/2014
  • English test of the Finnish matriculation examination completed in the advanced syllabus level (A-level language) with a minimum grade of magna cum laude approbatur (M)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma
  • A Reifeprüfung diploma (Deutsche Schule Helsinki) can be used as proof of sufficient language skills if the applicant has received a passing grade in the written level A English test (or an equivalent result in Deutsches Internationales Abitur) or a minimum grade of 8 in the oral level A English test
  • Certificate of a completed language test approved by Uniarts Helsinki

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

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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

You will get to lead a trainee orchestra or a choir on a weekly basis, and some of your rehearsals are recorded on video. During the joint feedback sessions, you will be able to exchange thoughts and ideas on your work with your student colleagues and the supervising teachers. Regular collaborations with professional orchestras both in Finland and abroad serve as a bridge between studies and working life. These working methods make our education unique even by international standards.

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 Master's degree, you will have the option to apply for doctoral studies in music and specialise in research-oriented, artistic or applied doctoral studies

At the Sibelius Academy you may graduate with a Licentiate degree in music or a doctoral degree in music.

Career paths

The orchestral and choral conductors who have graduated from the program have went on to build impressive careers in the world’s leading orchestras and choirs.

Over the course of its long history, the Sibelius Academy has educated a long and illustrious line of internationally renowned conductors. Sibelius Academy alumni include e.g. Mikko Franck, Hannu Lintu, Susanna Mälkki, Eva Ollikainen, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Storgårds and Osmo Vänskä.

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.

Contact info

University of the Arts Helsinki

Sörnäinen campus
Sörnäisten rantatie 19
00530 Helsinki

Phone no: +358294 47 2000


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