Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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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 titleGradDipMus
CRICOS code075415A
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Course coordinator

Dr Joel Crotty


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This course is designed for musicians wishing to develop a greater knowledge, understanding and competence in music performance, composition or research. The program is structured in such a way that all candidates obtain a proper grounding in their area of specialisation through the core unit. In addition, the electives allow students to combine a range of topics , according to their vocational needs. Areas for offered include performance, musicology, ethnomusicology and world music, composition, music education and pedagogy, contemporary music and Australian 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.


Core unit



  • APG4664 Music pedagogy
  • APG4788 20th and 21st century music repertoire studies
  • APG4790 Special research project in music
  • APG4791 Special project: Composition and music technology Part 1 and APG4792 Special project: Composition and music technology Part 2.

Progression to further studies

Students who complete this course with a minimum credit average are eligible to apply for entry into course 3069 Master of Music.


Graduate Diploma in Music