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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleMMusSt
CRICOS code041062B
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Course coordinator

Dr Joel Crotty


The 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, candidates will acquire a range of research methods and techniques specific to music. They will develop the capacity for critical reflection and informed assessment in the area(s) of their musical specialisation.


Students successfully completing this course will have:

  • a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study
  • a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study
  • advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • advanced analytical skills
  • a grasp of research methodology and ethics, and an ability to undertake a small, independent research project in one of the disciplines represented in the program.


This course consists of one core and three elective units at level four, and one core and one elective unit at level five.


Core units

  • MUM4420 Research methods in music
  • MUM5010 Topics in musicology or MUM5650 Compositional thought: Writings by composers and sound artists

Level 4 electives

  • MUM4120 20th and 21st century repertoire studies
  • MUM4600 Special research project in music
  • MUM4760 Special project: Composition and music technology
  • MUM4980 Music pedagogy

Level 5 electives

  • MUM5020 Directed reading in music
  • MUM5030 Australian music history
  • MUM5040 Medieval and renaissance music
  • MUM5050 Music scholarship
  • MUM5060 Research project in musicology or ethnomusicology

Alternative exit(s)

Students may apply to exit after successful completion of:

  • 24 points with a Graduate Certificate in Arts.
  • 48 points with course 3071 Graduate Diploma in Music Studies.


Master of Music Studies