Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleMMus
CRICOS code075341C
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 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.


The course is designed for musicians, composers and scholars wishing to develop a greater knowledge, understanding and competence in music. Students specialising in performance acquire a range of performance approaches in solo and ensemble contexts and develop the capacity for an informed musical performance. Those specialsing in composition will enhance and advance their skills, and students of musicology and ethnomusicology will learn skills in relevant research techniques and undertake research projects at an advanced level. All students will develop the capacity for critical reflection and informed assessment in the relevant field. Candidates will develop specific vocational outcomes in music performance as well as 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.


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 unit and one elective at level five.


Core units

Students complete one of the following options:

  • APG4789 Research methods in music and APG5835 Topics in musicology
  • APG4789 Research methods in music and APG5843 Compositional thought: Writings by composers and sound artists
  • APG4793 Chief music study I and APG5844 Chief music study II

Level four electives

Three of:

  • 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

Level five electives

One of:

  • APG5835 Topics in musicology
  • APG5836 Directed reading in music
  • APG5837 Australian music history
  • APG5838 Medieval and renaissance music
  • APG5839 Music scholarship
  • APG5840 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 3068 Graduate Diploma in Music.


Master of Music