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Master of Arts (Music Composition) for 2014

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Why study Master of Arts (Music Composition)?

Our Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music is consistently ranked among the best research schools of music in Australia, and has an outstanding track record in winning competitive research funding in composition. The school is also currently home to Vice Chancellor's Professional Fellow Paul Grabowsky, an esteemed Australian pianist, composer, arranger and conductor.

So surround yourself with some of the best in the business and join our research community by enrolling in our Master of Arts (Music Composition) research degree.

In this course you will develop a distinctive compositional voice by creating a folio of original compositions across various media and an accompanying critical commentary exploring your compositional approaches and musical aesthetics.

While undertaking your research, you will be supervised by an academic whose research expertise aligns with yours. For example, you may find yourself working with Associate Professor Thomas Reiner, an award-winning composer of solo pieces, chamber works, orchestral compositions, works for music theatre, vocal works, concept pieces, electro-acoustic and electronic works.

See our research supervisors and their areas of expertise to find a suitable supervisor for your research interests.

When completed, your research should make a significant contribution to the current body of knowledge on your chosen topic.

You may also choose to continue on to a PhD in Music Composition to further explore and define your compositional voice.

Domestic

Entry requirements

View entry requirements and applications for domestic students

Duration

2 years full-time
4 years part-time

Fees for 2014

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Commonwealth supported place not offered for this course.

Research Training Scheme (RTS)
RTS places are available to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

Intakes

Throughout the year

Attendances

  • On-campus at Clayton: full-time, part-time

Faculty

Faculty of Arts

Course code: 3063

CRICOS code: 048451K

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Contact

Arts HDR Admissions
Email: Arts.Research.Degree@monash.edu

International

Entry requirements

View entry requirements and applications for international students

Duration

2 years full-time

Fees for 2014

Fees are subject to change annually.

International fee per 48 credit points
48 credit points represents a standard full-time course load for a year
$ 27,400 AUD

Intakes

Throughout the year

Attendances

  • On-campus at Clayton: full-time

Faculty

Faculty of Arts

Course code: 3063

CRICOS code: 048451K

Find out more

Enquire nowApply nowEntry requirements

Contact

For enquiries contact the Monash University Institute for Graduate Research
Telephone: +61 3 9905 1538
Email: research.degrees@monash.edu

Admissions information for domestic students

Entry requirements

Minimum entrance requirements

The minimum qualifications for admission to 100% research master's candidature are:

  • a four year Australian or New Zealand bachelor's degree with an overall result of a minimum upper H2B (mark of 65 or above) in an honours year (normally with a research component in the fourth year); or
  • an Australian or New Zealand master's preliminary qualification with a significant research component and with an overall result of a minimum upper H2B (mark of 65 or above); or
  • an Australian or New Zealand coursework master's degree with a significant research component graded at a minimum upper H2B (mark of 65 or above), and an overall result of upper H2B or above; or
  • an Australian or New Zealand research master's degree with an overall result of a minimum upper H2B (mark of 65 or above); or
  • qualifications or experience that the Graduate Research Committee considers to be equivalent to, or a satisfactory substitute for, the above.

Note: If applicants have obtained the above minimum qualifications without having undertaken composition units at either honours or master's qualifying levels, students need to demonstrate their ability to compose through the submission of at least two original musical works to the satisfaction of the school's coordinator of composition.

Applicants should also make contact with the HDR Recruitment Manager to discuss any specific program expectations.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Applications

Semester one (March)

Applications for this course can be accepted at anytime.

Applications for this course are submitted via the research degree and scholarship online application form.

Semester two (July)

Applications for this course can be accepted at anytime.

Applications for this course are submitted via the research degree and scholarship online application form.

Admissions information for international students

Entry requirements

International entry requirements

TThe minimum qualifications for admission to 100% research master's candidature are:

  • a four year Australian or New Zealand bachelor's degree with an overall result of a minimum upper H2B (mark of 65 or above) in an honours year (normally with a research component in the fourth year); or
  • an Australian or New Zealand master's preliminary qualification with a significant research component and with an overall result of a minimum upper H2B (mark of 65 or above); or
  • an Australian or New Zealand coursework master's degree with a significant research component graded at a minimum upper H2B (mark of 65 or above), and an overall result of upper H2B or above; or
  • an Australian or New Zealand research master's degree with an overall result of a minimum upper H2B (mark of 65 or above); or
  • qualifications or experience that the Graduate Research Committee considers to be equivalent to, or a satisfactory substitute for, the above.

Note: If applicants have obtained the above minimum qualifications without having undertaken composition units at either honours or master's qualifying levels, students need to demonstrate their ability to compose through the submission of at least two original musical works to the satisfaction of the school's coordinator of composition.

Applicants should also make contact with the HDR Recruitment Manager to discuss any specific program expectations.

Please note English proficiency requirements must be met.

English requirements for international students

IELTS overall test score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 7.0 for the writing module, and at least 6.0 for other individual bands (academic module), or TOEFL minimum test score of 600, with a TWE 5.0 (paper-based score), or TOEFL minimum test score of 250, with an ER 5.0 (computer-based score).

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Applications

Semester one (March)

Applications for this course can be accepted at anytime.

Applications for this course are submitted via the research degree and scholarship online application form.

Semester two (July)

Applications for this course can be accepted at anytime.

Applications for this course are submitted via the research degree and scholarship online application form.

Enrolment obligation

International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than 25% of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students cannot enrol exclusively in distance and/or online learning study in any compulsory study period. See standard 9.4 of The National Code 2007.