Bachelor of Music (Honours) - 2018

Honours - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Arts.

Other commencement years for this course: 2017 and 2016

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

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title




Managing faculty



Dr Samuel Dunscombe

Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) or visit the Arts undergraduate programsundergraduate programs ( website

Admission and fees


Course type

One-year honours

Standard duration

1 year FT, 2 years PT

Full-time study only. Students have a maximum of 3 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (Clayton)


Bachelor of Music (Honours)


This is a prestigious program of coursework and research in music for high achieving students who have completed a relevant undergraduate degree. You will undertake research methodology training and carry out an independent research or studio project on your selected topic, working closely with a supervisor who will provide you with individual guidance and academic counselling. The course offers a pathway to higher degree research in music.


  • Creative music technology
  • Ethnomusicology and musicology
  • Music composition
  • Music performance


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that students will be able to demonstrate advanced:

  1. theoretical and technical knowledge in a chosen music specialisation
  2. knowledge of and ability to apply music research methodologies
  3. initiative, judgement and autonomy to plan and execute music research and/or project work
  4. communication skills to present knowledge and ideas about music to various audiences.


This course consists of a combination of coursework and research.

In the coursework component, you will develop advanced theoretical and/or technical knowledge of your music specialisation and appropriate research methodologies that you will then apply to a music project. In the research component, you will plan and execute a thesis or creative object in your area of music specialisation under the individual guidance of an academic supervisor.

  • Ethnomusicology and musicology students produce a thesis.
  • Music composition and creative music technology students produce a portfolio of original works and critical explanation of/introduction to the portfolio.
  • Music performance students will produce a recital and programme notes.


This course comprises 48 points: Part A: Research (24 points) and Part B: Coursework (24 points)

All units are 12 points unless otherwise indicated.

Part A. Research (24 points)

Students undertake independent research in the following units.

Part B. Coursework (24 points)

Students complete the following units:

Progression to further studies

Satisfactory completion of this course may provide credit toward a Monash master's by coursework degree and will provide the preparation necessary to undertake a master's by research degree or a doctoral (PhD) degree.