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.
How do I apply?
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/audition time (interviews are normally held in November). If you are unable to attend the interview/audition in person, your application and supporting material (as outlined above) will provide the basis for an online or telephone interview.
Your interview/audition 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.
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 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.