Bachelor of Music Studies (Honours)

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Bachelor of Music Studies with Honours comprises a widely recognised and highly regarded study program offering a unique opportunity for students to explore their research potential with an independent project supervised by one or more internationally recognised scholars. Completing a music degree with honours opens the door to many employment and research opportunities.

Course outline

Further course information

Typical workload and assessment

To qualify for the Bachelor of Music Studies Honours degree, eligible candidates enrol in: PERF4601 Honours Project 1 (12cp), PERF4602 Honours Project 2 (12cp), PERF4603 Honours Project 3 (12cp) and PERF4604 Honours Project 4 (12cp) and successfully complete those units of study.

Honours awards and classes

The classes of Honours awarded are: Honours Class I (where the Honours mark is in the range of 80 - 100), Honours Class II Division 1 (75 - 79) , Honours Class II Division 2 (70 - 74), Honours Class III (65 - 69) , Honours not awarded (

Postgraduate research at the University

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music places a high emphasis on its research activity. We have a vibrant and diverse community of staff and students, many of whom enjoy exceptional careers worldwide as both performers and scholars in the finest musical company. The Conservatorium is a gathering place for experiencing music performance, scholarship and culture by individuals who push the boundaries of innovation, creativity, cognition and expression. The Conservatorium offers the opportunity to pursue research in the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Music (MMus) or Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in the areas of Applied Research in Music Performance, Composition, Music Education, Musicology or Performance [hyperlinks].

Applying for honours

Eligible candidates for the Bachelor of Music Studies (Honours) must obtain written permission of the relevant unit of study chair and/or honours coordinator, and have submitted an honours project proposal to the Faculty Undergraduate Studies Committee in the semester before they intend to enrol in the honours year, and have prepared an audition and/or attended an interview.

Admission

Admission requirements

To qualify to enrol as a Bachelor of Music Studies (Honours) candidate, a student must have qualified for the award of the pass degree of Bachelor of Music Studies from the University of Sydney or comparable three-year degree from another tertiary institution, and have achieved a credit average in years two and three of the pass degree program with a distinction average in principal study or area of specialisation in years two and three.


How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made though the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of September. On-time applications for the July Semester close in May. Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.

Further requirements

To gain entry to all courses, including the Diplomas and the combined BMusStudies/BA, BMusStudies/MBBS applicants will need to:
1. Gain an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).
2. Undertake a practical audition or submission, as well as an interview for some specialisations.
3. Undertake a written Music Skills test or Jazz Aptitude test.

Applicants without an ATAR from the NSW Higher School Certificate may be granted admission on the basis of equivalent secondary school level qualifications (including overseas qualifications); or on the basis of having successfully undertaken other tertiary studies; or in a special admission category such as mature age entry.

International students

How to apply

International applicants may apply directly to the University's International Office by clicking on the “APPLY NOW” button on the right hand side of the screen; OR through a University overseas representative (education agent); OR through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination, or studying a New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

Applicants studying an International Baccalaureate in Australia may apply either directly to the University's International Office by clicking the "APPLY NOW" button on the right hand side of the screen; OR through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Further admission requirements

To gain entry to all courses, including the Diplomas and the combined BMusStudies/BA, BMusStudies/MBBS applicants will need to:
1. Gain an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).
2. Undertake a practical audition or submission, as well as an interview for some specialisations.
3. Undertake a written Music Skills test or Jazz Aptitude test.

Applicants without an ATAR from the NSW Higher School Certificate may be granted admission on the basis of equivalent secondary school level qualifications (including overseas qualifications); or on the basis of having successfully undertaken other tertiary studies; or in a special admission category such as mature age entry.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.