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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA (UNISA), PRETORIA College of Human Sciences - Musicology








Street Address:

Sunnyside campus: Building 12c (Oak Square), Corner of Walker and Mears Streets, Pretoria 0002, South Africa

Postal Address:

PO Box 392, UNISA 0003, Pretoria, South Africa


+27 12 429 3400


Undergraduate programs


Bachelor of Arts in Music. Three years. Studies include music history, theory, music in South Africa. Bachelor of Musicology. Three years. Studies include music history and society, composition, music bibliography, theory. Students must reach the Licentiate in Music (UNISA) performance standard before graduation, but performance tuition is not available on campus. Bachelor of Education. Music may be taken as a teaching subject.


Graduate programs


Master of Musicology. In musicology, ethnomusicology. Doctor of Musicology. Doctor of Letters and Philosophy.

Institution Notes:

The University has been involved in music education for over 100 years. In 2004 the University of South Africa merged with the Technikon South Africa and the Distance Education campus of Vista University to form the new University of South Africa (UNISA). All teaching at UNISA is by distance mode with both South African and international students and comprises video and teleconferencing, tutorial support and counselling services. Each department draws up study guides, students do assignments and send them in for comment. Examinations are taken in various locations using invigilators. The university library has a significant collection of scores, books, recordings and videos. It also houses the Harold and Eda Steafel Collection of Western and ethnic instruments. The auditorium houses a Rieger concert organ. The Department of Musicology publishes the journal 'Ars Nova - UNISA Musicologica'. The Music Directorate administers a series of public examinations in music from elementary to Licentiate level. Examinations are held in classical orchestral instruments, jazz instruments, keyboard instruments, voice, choral singing, choral conducting and theory of music throughout South Africa and Namibia. The UNISA Music Foundation was constituted in 1990 to organise and present the UNISA International Music Competitions. It is not a teaching department, but distributes funding to other music areas of the university. It promotes and organises concerts as well as national and international music competitions for piano, strings, organ and voice. Funding is assisted by donations to the ‘Fund for Young Musicians’.

Last Updated:

August 2020