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Monash University

Graduate Diploma in Music Studies

Course code: 3071 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipMusSt ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This course is designed for musicians wishing to develop a greater knowledge, understanding and competence in music. Candidates will develop specific vocational outcomes in one or more of the following fields: musicology, ethnomusicology and world music, composition, music education and pedagogy, contemporary music and Australian music. In addition, they will acquire a range of research methods and techniques specific to music.

Course objectives

Students completing this course will have: 1. an understanding of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a familiarity with the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. developed sound analytical skills; 7. developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students complete 48 points, including one core unit, and three electives chosen from the following list:

Core unit


  • MUM4120 20th and 21st century repertoire studies
  • MUM4140 Theatrical music
  • MUM4180 Chamber music
  • MUM4200 Keyboard music
  • MUM4220 Vocal music
  • MUM4600 Special research project in music
  • MUM4640 World music: fieldwork techniques and technology
  • MUM4760 Special project: composition and music technology
  • MUM4980 Music pedagogy

Exit points

There are no alternative exit points from this course.


For further study options please contact the School of Music - Conservatorium or visit

Course coordinator

Dr Joel Crotty