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Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Campus: Sydney

Career: Research

Typical Duration: 2 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 12

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 96


Master of Music (Research)

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Program Description

The Master of Music by Research degree program involves the completion of three courses and a research thesis or project. The degree is completed in four sessions (full-time). It is designed for students wishing to engage in serious research but not able to devote the three years required to complete a PhD or with a research project which does not lend itself to that level of extended treatment. Clear indication of potential to undertake research is required, either through a relevant Honours degree or through a period of professional work following a relevant undergraduate degree.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The Master of Music by Research degree program is designed for students wishing to engage in serious research and students who complete the program will be competent to carry out research in their chosen area.

Program Structure

A full-time student in the program would normally enrol in three coursework courses (in consultation with their supervisor) in the first year of study.
Year 2 of study concentrates on the completion of a 30,000 word thesis.

Students may apply to complete a special program which may include topics such as: Music, Musicology and the Imperial Encounter; Challenge of Ethnomusicology; Traditional Aboriginal and Contemporary Australian Music; Sound Recording as a Chronicle of Performance Style; Analytic Techniques; Curriculum in Music Education; Psychology of Music Teaching and Learning; Musical Beliefs: Contemporary and Ancient; Mozart the Dramatist.

Enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Coordinator via or the Head of School.

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