300 point program
3 years full-time / part-time unavailable
Students initially enrol as 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, meets 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 have 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
Once confirmed, a PhD candidate undertakes supervised work that leads to a thesis normally of 40,000-50,000 words and a folio of creative work in CD, DVD or other approved format. The thesis and folio may be presented for examination after two or three years of full-time study (four to six years part-time), depending on whether the student entered with a prior Masters degree. Candidates are required to present the findings of their research in a Completion Seminar at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music prior to submission.
The thesis and folio must be presented in a form that can be sent for assessment by external examiners who are usually international.
Further course information, graduate attributes and core participation information available in the University Handbook.