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Master of Music (Music Education)

The Master of Music (Music Education) degree can be completed in two years as a full-time student or three to four years as a part-time student.

The first part of the course focusses on the development of research skills and the initial stages of the research project (literature review, ethics application/s and methodology).

In the second part of the course, the focus is on collection of data, completion of the research and writing and submission of the thesis for examination.

Progress Plan and course requirements

In addition to the information given below, candidates must fulfil the requirements stated in the Progress Plan, and in the University rule and policies relevant to higher degrees by research.

Candidature includes:

  • Completion of 18 credit points of appropriate research method and elective units of study as set out below.
  • Supervised research on an approved topic
  • Confirmation presentation in the first year of candidature
  • Annual progress review
  • Submission of a thesis of 25,000-40,000 words embodying the results of the research

Units of study

The University of Sydney introduced a new coursework requirement for Higher Degree by Research students commencing from Research Period 1 2021. Coursework is intended to give students the opportunity to take units of study that expand their existing skills or work toward developing novel capabilities that will complement their research and career development. Units of study students can choose to fulfil the Higher Degree by Research coursework requirement are listed in Table R of the Interdisciplinary Studies Handbook. Students can enrol in units of study in Sydney Student and plan professional and academic development activities with their supervisors in the Research Education Candidature System. Award requirements for each degree are outlined in the respective course resolutions.

18 credit points of units of study are normally selected from the Conservatorium's list in Table R or other approved Conservatorium postgraduate electives.

Candidates should consult the Master of Music (Music Education) Program Leader or the Associate Dean (Research Education) for advice on unit of study choices.

Candidates normally complete the following:

  • 12 credit points of units of study in research methods
  • 6 credit points of elective coursework units of study

Preparing for thesis submission

Students should refer to the Current Students website pages on preparing for submission.

Further information

Refer to the Higher Degree by Research pages in the Current Students website and to the relevant policies available in the University Policy Register.