Doctor of Philosophy – Fine Arts and Music program

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Type of establishment : University/higher education institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICO: 00116K

The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music offers the PhD with expert supervision in music therapy, music performance, composition, music psychology and performance science, jazz and improvisation, interactive composition, musicology and ethnomusicology. In the case of music composition and performance, the doctoral dissertation takes the form of a performance or composition folio and a 20,000-25,000 word dissertation that addresses, elucidates and contextualizes the creative work of the folio. Doctorates in Musicology, Ethnomusicology, Psychology of Music, and Performance Science and Music Therapy take the form of more traditional scholarly inquiry leading to a dissertation of approximately 80,000 words. For jazz and improvisation and interactive composition, a doctoral dissertation may take the form of a performance and/or creative body of work, plus a 40,000-50,000 word dissertation.

Structure

300 credit points.

Topics

  • Creative arts therapies
  • Musical Psychology
  • Music therapy and musicology/ethnomusicology
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Cinema and television
  • Indigenous arts and culture
  • musical theater
  • Production
  • Social practice and community engagement
  • Theater and visual arts
  • Composition
  • Interactive composition
  • Jazz & Improv
  • Musical performances

Standard entry requirements

  • A four-year bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline including a substantial research component equivalent to at least 25% of one year of full-time study and having achieved a minimum grade point average of 75% in final year subjects or (University of Melbourne) equivalent
  • Or a master’s degree in a relevant discipline which includes a substantial research component equivalent to at least 25% of one year of full-time study and achieves a minimum grade point average of 75% or equivalent (University of Melbourne) or a qualification and professional experience considered equivalent
  • And a research proposal (except for composition applicants)
  • A folio plan (in the discipline of composition)
  • Referees’ reports (except for applicants who graduated from the University of Melbourne within the last five years)
  • Approval from a potential supervisor.
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