150 point program
1.5 years full-time / part-time unavailable
30 September for commencement in Semester 1 the following year.
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
- a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree, or equivalent, with at least an H2A (75%) weighted average; and for
- Music Performance (including conducting), and Jazz & Improvisation: a satisfactory audition
- Composition: a satisfactory composition folio
- Musicology/Ethnomusicology, Music Psychology & Performance Science, and Music Therapy: a satisfactory piece of scholarly writing
- Interactive Composition: a satisfactory interactive composition folio
- Submit a Research Proposal (except for Music Performance and Composition)
Exceptional applicants, with substantial professional experience, can be considered for entry into Master of Music (Jazz & Improvisation) and the Master of Music (Interactive Composition) without meeting the requirement of completion of an honours degree or equivalent.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
2. In ranking applications, the selection committee will consider:
- prior academic performance
- the composition folio, audition, or piece of scholarly writing
3. 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.
4. 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, performance Band 6.5 is required.
You are required to complete a research proposal of 1,000 words that accompanies your application. This proposal 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 project
- 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
- An outline of the methodology or approach 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 and so on that informs your proposed work
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 (interviews are normally held in November). If you are unable to attend the interview in person, your application and supporting material will provide the basis for an online or telephone interview.
Your interview will take 30 minutes and be conducted by a panel of 3 to 5 people. 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.
A folio is required at the interview. Applicants unable to attend an interview must submit their folio by the closing date.
Applicant’s folios will not be returned. Do not send original recordings/scores/show reels.
The folio must contain recordings of 3 or 4 of your original compositions, at a total duration of 15 minutes. This can include audio visual recordings of your original music from any source such as: pop songs, concert music, band music, laptop performance, hip-hop rapping, music theatre music, film music, or music for dance or other media, such as music for games, advertising and web use. If appropriate include music scores and/or charts depending on your background.
The folio will be evaluated on the level of compositional craft and creativity, and suitability for Interactive Composition research.
Note: Weblinks to online content are not suitable and cannot be viewed by the Selection Committee.
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 email@example.com
- upload to a cloud service and email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.