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Diploma of Music


Diploma of Music

These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2014, the Resolutions of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended), the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register:

Course resolutions

1 Course codes


Course and stream title


Diploma of Music

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is normally full time. Part time study may be permitted upon successful application.

3 Admission to candidature

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Policy 2014.

4 Requirements for the diploma

The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the Table of units of study for Undergraduate Degrees and the Diploma of Music table of units of study.
To qualify for the award of the diploma, a candidate must successfully complete 96 credit points, comprising:
24 credit points of Principal Study units of study
18 credit points of Music Theory and Aural Skills units of study
12 credit points of Analysis, History, and Culture Studies
24 credit points as set out in the Pathway Tables for specific Principal Study areas
18 credit points of elective units of study

5 Principal Studies

Principal Studies are available in:
Composition for Creative Industries
Contemporary Music Practice
Digital Music and Media
Historical Performance
Jazz Performance
Improvised Music
Non-orchestral Instrument Performance
Orchestral Instrument Performance
Voice (classical) performance

6 Transitional Arrangements

Students enrolled prior to 2020 will be able to complete their degree under existing resolutions, or transfer to the 2020 resolutions and new degree framework if they so choose. Students in the pre-2018 degree pattern will have the full range of appropriate units of study available for them to complete their degree under the pre-2018.