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.
Applicants are required to submit:
- a thesis proposal of 2-3 pages. The research proposal should outline how the applicant intends to use recorded performances to illustrate his or her research in the final PhD submission.
- a recent example of scholarly writing of 4,000-5,000 words;
- a DVD of a single unedited recital of approximately 70 minutes’ duration consisting of major repertoire for the instrument on which he or she intends to undertake the performance component. A live audition of approximately 70 minutes’ duration may also be required.
- a list of repertoire performed for examination in prior tertiary music qualifications.
Applicants should have completed The Research Process for Musicians, or equivalent, with a result of H2A or above or may be required to take a research methodology subject in the first semester of their enrolment.
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 or audition 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 or audition directly to the main reception on the ground floor of the Conservatorium building and make sure you mention that they should be directed to the Research Office.
Please ensure you clearly write your name and the course you are applying for on the front of any submission.