300 point program
3 years full-time / part-time unavailable
DR-PHILMUS (changing to DR-PHILFAM from 2019)
Applications are due by October 31 of the year prior to intended enrolment, or by April 30 for mid-year entry.
In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
- a four - year bachelor degree in a relevant discipline which includes a substantial research component equivalent to at least 25% of one year of full-time study and have achieved a minimum weighted average of 75% in the final year subjects or (University of Melbourne) equivalent;
- a masters degree in a relevant discipline which includes a substantial research component equivalent to at least 25% of one year of full-time study and achieved a minimum weighted average of 75% or (University of Melbourne) equivalent;
- a qualification and professional experience considered to be equivalent;
- a research proposal (except for applicants in the discipline of composition);
- a folio plan (in the discipline of composition);
- referee reports (except for applicants who have graduated from the University of Melbourne within the last 5 years);
- the endorsement of a prospective supervisor
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
In selecting applicants, the selection committee will consider applicants’:
- prior academic performance and, if relevant, professional qualifications;
- understanding of the research question to be explored;
- demonstrated ability in the creative discipline (for applicants to in the disciplines of performance and composition);
- motivation and capacity to complete the course in a timely manner;
- relevant prior research and/or professional experience;
- the referee reports.
The selection committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Selection and Admission into Graduate Research Courses Policy.
Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, the following performance band is required.
Doctor of Philosophy-Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Applicants for PhD candidature should obtain information from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music about the department's research activities and potential supervisors who are qualified and available to accept PhD candidates for supervision, prior to lodging a formal application.
All applicants for the PhD in Jazz & Improvisation must be accompanied by a research proposal. The PhD research proposal (2000 words) for Jazz & Improvisation must include:
- Statement of the project's central concern(s) or 'Research Question'
- Explanation of the conceptual framework of the project and/or summary of the research methods to be used
- An argument for the relevance and importance of the study
- Description of the nature of the final submission - the form that the body of creative work will take and how it will be presented; the nature of the dissertation and its relationship to the body of creative work
- Methodology/Approach - This section should outline the approaches you intend to take and what you intend to do. For example:
- Identify whether the research is qualitative, quantitative or practice-led research
- In practice-led research, identify the specific techniques/technologies and approaches that are central to the research
- Identify if the research involves analysis of primary works (including a list of the works and performances)
- Bibliography - identify some of the key literature, artworks and performances that inform your proposed work
Prospective applicants are encouraged to align their proposed research project with the strategic research focus of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and one of the University's Three Grand Challenges: understanding our place and purpose; fostering health and wellbeing; or supporting sustainability and resilience.
Your application will be reviewed by our Selection Committee. If you are shortlisted, the Research Office will contact you after the application closing date with an interview time. If you are unable to attend the interview in person, your application and supporting material (as outlined above) will provide the basis for an online or telephone interview.
Your interview will take 45 minutes. The purpose of the interview is to ascertain the scope of your intended research project, and your ability to successfully realise the intended project within a practice-led research environment.
You will also need to:
- Demonstrate a very high standard of artistic ability via a live performance or live performance recordings
IMPORTANT NOTE: All applicants must provide their own accompanists where required. Equipment available for applicants includes: piano, drum kit (without cymbals) bass/guitar amplifiers, basic CD player, and the capacity to playback DVDs and Quicktime files. Equipment must be requested at the time of audition/interview invitation from the Research Office.
Submit your Application
Please ensure you include academic transcripts, research proposal (where required), instrument (where required), proof of identity, evidence of English proficiency, previous publications and referees' reports with your application. Uploads must be 6MB or smaller, pdf files are preferred.
Additional application material, such as composition folios, audition DVDs and the like can be submitted as follows:
- upload to the admissions system (Max 6MB, will only accept Word, Acrobat, Jpeg, Excel and Tif files).
- email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- upload to a cloud service and email email@example.com with the link
- send the folio direct to the faculty at:
Fine Arts and Music Graduate Research Admissions
Faculty of Fine Arts and Music Research Office
University of Melbourne
- Hand your folio directly to the Research Office in the Old Police Hospital building on the corner of StKilda Rd and Southbank Bde, enter the building and use the phone to ring the research office.
Please ensure you clearly write your name and the course you are applying for on the front of any submission.