300 point program
3 years full-time / part-time unavailable
Students initially enrol as a probationary PhD student for a minimum of 9 months and a maximum of 12 months (or 18 and 24 months for part-time students) except where an extension is officially approved. At the end of the probationary period students must apply for confirmation.
Confirmation occurs at 12 months of candidature. A Committee comprising the student's supervisor(s), and additional members of academic staff co-opted for the confirmation, meet to interview the candidate toward the end of the probationary period. The candidate may be required to verbally defend his or her written report to the Confirmation Committee, and the Committee will assess the feasibility and resource requirements of the proposed project and offer suggestions towards its successful completion.
In the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, confirmation is generally recommended when all of the following are satisfied:
- A precise thesis topic and a fully-developed thesis proposal has been submitted, presented to, and approved by the Confirmation Panel;
- The candidate has attended an interview with their Confirmation Panel and satisfied the Panel that s/he is ready for full PhD candidacy. The Committee will normally require the presentation of at least 30 minutes of music and at least 3,000 words of the dissertation component;
- The Confirmation Panel is satisfied with the student's research aptitude and progress;
- The candidate has attended the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s Postgraduate Seminar at least nine times.
Once confirmed students complete a composition folio of 90-120 minutes of music, weighted at 70%, and an accompanying dissertation of 20-25,000 words, weighted at 30%. Both components should be addressed in the 100-word ‘thesis title/topic’ proposal section of the application form.
Students enroled in the Master of Music (Composition) may apply to convert to the PhD in composition after 9 months of candidature. Students must demonstrate that they have satisfactorily completed the requirements equivalent to the first (probationary) year of the PhD.
Further course information, graduate attributes and core participation information available in the University Handbook.