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Master of Music (Composition)

Throughout candidature, each student works with the guidance of their supervisory team as agreed on the development and completion of both a composition portfolio (creative work) and the closely related research dissertation which, together, form the thesis.

Both components of the thesis, the composition portfolio and the related research dissertation will be pursued concurrently and at an even rate across the duration of the candidature. Demands of candidates in terms of craft skills and imaginative writing are high. Candidates may research compositional approaches of other composers, practitioners and artists, and create musical works based upon the results of this research.

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:

  • Supervised research on an approved topic. Supervision covers both written research work and composition as appropriate to the needs of the student.
  • Completion of units of study as set out below
  • Confirmation presentation in the first year of candidature
  • Annual progress review
  • Submission of a thesis comprising the portfolio of original compositions with accompanying recordings and the 10,000-15,000 word dissertation associated with the candidate’s composition portfolio and the research behind its creation. The composition portfolio will include 30-60 minutes of music, the length varying depending on the type of composition.

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.

Students complete the following units of study during the first full-time year or part-time equivalent:

  • MCGY5111 Creative Work Seminar 1
  • MCGY5112 Creative Work Seminar 2
  • 6 credit points of elective coursework normally selected from the Conservatorium’s list in Table R or other approved postgraduate electives.

Preparing for thesis submission

You will submit the thesis for examination including the final composition portfolio and the associated dissertation of 10,000-15,000 words.

A preface can be used to introduce the components of the thesis, and students should consider the entire project in choosing the thesis title.

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.