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Master of Music (Musicology)

Throughout the candidature, a student will work with the supervisory team on the development of the thesis.

Research training and elective units of study taken in the first part of candidature will assist students in building skills and knowledge to support their development as musicological researchers.

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 elective units of study as described below. These are normally completed during the first four research periods of enrolment (or part-time equivalent).
  • Supervised research on the approved topic
  • Confirmation presentation in the first year of candidature
  • Annual progress review
  • Presentation of research at the Graduate Research Symposium
  • Submission of a thesis 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 postgraduate electives.

Unit of study choices should be made in consultation with your supervisory team and the Program Leader for Master of Music (Musicology) or the Associate Dean (Research Education).

Musicology candidates normally choose from the following research training elective units of study in Table R according to training needs, preference and availability. Although subject to change, these are expected to be offered as shown below. Additional electives are listed in Table R.

  • MCGY5605 Methods of Music Analysis (semester 1, 2021)
  • MCGY5603 Music as Social Science (semester 1, 2021)
  • MCGY5600 Critical Discourses in Music (semester 1, 2022)
  • MCGY5601 Music through Ethnography (semester 1, 2022)

Preparing for 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.