Postgraduate courses

Information about the courses offered this year and how to enrol for you BMus(Hons) and PGDipMus.

BMus(Hons) students: complete the Course Selection Form with your proposed enrolments. This helps us provide you with individual degree structuring advice depending on your own study interests. These might include:

  • Conducting
  • Composition
  • Classical Performance
  • Studio Pedagogy
  • Music Technology/Production
  • Musicology
  • Jazz Performance
  • Popular Music

If you are interested in Music Education, then you do not submit the form. You need to enrol in as below:

  • Semester One: MUS 743 (15pts) + 3 Music Elective Courses
  • Semester Two: MUS 767 (30pts) + MUS 768 (30pts) 

PGDipMus students: you will receive enrolment advice based on your prior academic studies and you do not need to complete the selection form. 

Music Capstone Courses

MUS 711 - Composition Research Project

  • Course prescription: A customised creative project in instrumental/vocal composition and/or sonic arts realised through an end-of-semester portfolio of original compositions.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two
  • Prerequisite: 30 points from MUS 710, 770, 780
  • Points: 30

MUS 729 - Music Performance Research Project

  • Course prescription: A customised performance project incorporating solo performance, conducting, relevant ensemble work, improvisational skills, presentation of original work and the application of advanced instrumental techniques, as appropriate.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two
  • Prerequisite: 30 points from MUS 707, 720, 770, 780
  • Points: 30

MUS 738 - Creative Practice Research Project

  • Course prescription: A customised creative practice project employing a combination of performance, composition and/or production modes.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two
  • Prerequisite: 30 points from MUS 710, 720, 737, 770, 780
  • Points: 30

MUS 742 - Research Project in Musicology

  • Course prescription: An independent course in musicological research.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two
  • Prerequisite: 30 points from MUS 743
  • Points: 30

MUS 767 - Music Education Research and Practice

  • Course prescription: A review of current music education, community music and studio pedagogy research along with the application of practical teaching and workshop techniques and methods relevant for school and community contexts.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two
  • Prerequisite: MUS 360 or 362 or 363
  • Points: 30

MUS 768 - Community Music Research Project

  • Course prescription: Music community and/or pedagogy music research project. Includes fieldwork in music industry, community, school, or studio contexts and a research report.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two
  • Prerequisite: 30 points from MUS 707, 724, 767
  • Points: 30

Music Research Study Courses

MUS 707 - Research and Practice in Conducting

  • Course prescription: The development of advanced conducting skills and techniques in a variety of ensemble situations including instrumental and choral/vocal. Includes research into score preparation and rehearsal skill development.
  • Semester availability: Semester One
  • Prerequisite: MUS 306
  • Points: 30

MUS 710 - Composition Research Portfolio

  • Course prescription: Though individually negotiated creative projects and supporting studies in instrumental/vocal composition or sonic arts, students deliver an end-of-semester portfolio of original compositions, wherein skills are refined through targeted research in notational and/or sonic techniques, repertoire study and critical thinking. To take supporting studies in both sonic arts and instrumental composition students should enrol in the corresponding elective MUS 714 or 715.
  • Semester availability: Semester One
  • Prerequisite: MUS 311 or 315
  • Points: 30

MUS 720 - Classical Performance Research

  • Course prescription: Creative research in aspects of solo performance. Relevant ensemble work, including orchestral rehearsals and performance, may be required.
  • Semester availability: Semester One
  • Programme restriction: BMus(Hons) and PGDipMus
  • Prerequisite: MUS 321 or 307 or departmental approval
  • Points: 30

MUS 724 - Sudio Pedagogy Research and Practice 

  • Course prescription: The study of instrumental technique, repertoire, studio pedagogy research, and aspects of pedagogy for studio teaching.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 
  • Prerequisite: 15 points from MUS 321, 371, 382
  • Points: 30

MUS 737 - Music Technology Research

  • Course prescription: Advanced technical, creative, practical and theoretical training in music technology-related disciplines including: general music technology, technology in music education, performance and technology, computer music, musical interface design, music and AI, sound design for games and film, sound recording, live sound and music production.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 
  • Prerequisite: 15 points from MUS 315, 330-334
  • Note: Students need to submit an enrolment concession for this course
  • Points: 30

MUS 747 - Research in Musicology

  • Course prescription: An overview of the discipline of musicology, its principal concepts and associated methods of research. Students consider key texts from the scholarly literature and musicological viewpoints and perspectives. This course also develops advanced writing skills.
  • Semester availability: Semester One
  • Prerequisite: 15 points from MUS 340, 345-348
  • Points: 30

MUS 770 - Jazz Performance Research

  • Course prescription: Practical research in instrumental technique leading to the development of advanced improvisational skills. Students prepare a recital reflecting the technical work undertaken in the semester. Students engage with practice through ensemble and 1:1 instruction.
  • Semester availability: Semester One
  • Prerequisite: MUS 371 or JAZZ 302
  • Points: 30

MUS 780 - Popular Music Research

  • Course prescription: The development of advanced song writing and popular music composition skills. Students engage in an in-depth study of lyric writing, word setting, and compositional elements, compose a significant body of new songs and compositions, and produce a research portfolio of recordings and scores of these works.
  • Semester availability: Semester One
  • Prerequisite: MUS 381 or Departmental approval
  • Points: 30

Music Elective Courses

MUS 714 - Advanced Orchestration

  • Course prescription: Advanced orchestration and instrumentation, including contemporary instrumental and vocal techniques, with practical scoring exercises. Composition students are expected to be writing original music in this course.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two
  • Prerequisite: 30 points from MUS 710, 770, 780
  • Points: 15

MUS 715 - Advanced Sonic Arts

  • Course prescription: Examination of a wide range of advanced sound-based compositional techniques including multichannel acousmatic music, live sonic arts, algorithmic music, sonic art in the natural environment, visual music and interactive installation.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 
  • Prerequisite: MUS 315
  • Points: 15

MUS 722 - Advanced Ensemble Performance 1

  • Course prescription: Advanced work in the field of chamber music and ensemble playing.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 
  • Prerequisite: 15 points from MUS 321, 371, 391, 397
  • Points: 15

MUS 723 - Advanced Ensemble Performance 2

  • Course prescription: Advanced work in the field of chamber music and ensemble playing.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 
  • Points: 15

MUS 726 - Aspects of Performance Practice

  • Course prescription: Selected research for discussion and investigation from the field of Performance Practice and its documentation. The study of source materials; individual projects; performance and/or teaching and direction of music from the area studied.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two
  • Prerequisite: MUS 224 or 324 or Departmental approval
  • Note: Students need to submit an enrolment concession for this course and the research project will need to be approved by the Head of School
  • Points: 15

MUS 736 - Creative Studies in Music Technology

  • Course prescription: The development of advanced creative and technological skills leading to computer-based creative practice.
  • Semester availability: Semester One
  • Prerequisite: 15 points from MUS 315, 330-334
  • Restriction: MUS 737
  • Points: 15

MUS 743 - Research Methods

  • Course prescription: An overview of concepts and methods for music research including an introduction to quantitative, qualitative, creative practice, educational, indigenous, historical, interdisciplinary and practice-led approaches. Includes ethical and social considerations of research practices. Students use methodological knowledge to develop and present a project proposal for their capstone project.
  • Semester availability: Semester One
  • Restriction: MUS 741
  • Points: 15

MUS 748 - Conducting Repertoire and Pedagogy

  • Course prescription: An overview of choral literature and the pedagogical skills to bring the discipline to the rehearsal room and the concert platform. The course includes analysis, score preparation and attendance at rehearsals/performances of community, tertiary and secondary ensembles.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 
  • Prerequisite: MUS 206 or MUSIC 206
  • Restriction: MUSIC 348
  • Points: 15

MUS 757 - Special Topic: Studies in Historical Musicology

  • Course prescription: The String Quartet in the Eighteenth Century: Models of Language and Social Behaviour.
  • Semester availability: Semester One
  • Prerequisite: Deparmental approval
  • Points: 15

MUS 760 - Themes in Music Education Research

  • Course prescription: A survey of pedagogical research themes and applications in music education, studio pedagogy and community music.
  • Semester availability: Semester One
  • Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage III in Music 
  • Points: 15

MUS 762 - Approaches to Music Education 1

  • Course prescription: A detailed examination of the practices and concepts in a selected music education approach or method.
  • Semester availability: Semester One
  • Points: 15

MUS 772 - Jazz Composition and Arranging I

  • Course prescription: Jazz arranging and composition for mixed ensembles. Through the analysis and study of advanced compositional and orchestration techniques, students produce original research material for recorded portfolio. Students are encouraged to perform with a 'mentor' from the jazz faculty in the development of a creative process and individual style.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 
  • Prerequisite: MUS 376 or JAZZ 306
  • Points: 15

MUS 773 - Jazz Composition and Arranging II

  • Course prescription: A continuation of work undertaken in MUS 772 for a variety of ensembles.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 
  • Prerequisite: MUS 772
  • Points: 15

MUS 790A/B - Dissertation

  • Course prescription: A supervised course of musicological or music education research culminating in a dissertation.
  • Semester availability: Semester One commencement
  • Programme restriction: BMus(Hons)
  • Prerequisite: Departmental approval
  • Note: Students need to submit an enrolment concession for this course and the research project will need to be approved by the Head of School
  • Points: 30 total (students must enrol in MUS 790A (15pts) and MUS 790B (15pts) as this is a double-semester course)