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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 titleGradDipMusSt
CRICOS code041050F
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Course coordinator

Dr Joel Crotty


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.


Students completing this course will have:

  • an understanding of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • a familiarity with 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
  • developed sound analytical skills
  • developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.


This course consists of one core unit, and three electives chosen from the following list.


Core unit


  • MUM4220 Vocal music
  • MUM4600 Special research project in music
  • MUM4760 Special project: Composition and music technology
  • MUM4980 Music pedagogy

Progression to further studies

Students who complete the graduate diploma with a credit average, may apply to transfer to course 3070 Master of Music Studies.


Graduate Diploma in Music Studies