Bachelor of Music Studies and Doctor of Medicine

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

Outstanding applicants will find that the combination of the Bachelor of Music Studies and Doctor of Medicine provides a challenging and rewarding opportunity to pursue a unique course of study. You will select a principal study at the Conservatorium from the program in music studies in brass, composition, early music, classical voice, jazz voice, keyboard (piano), musicology, organ, percussion, strings, or woodwind. You will also complete core music units of study in music skills, music history and analysis, and performance. The Bachelor of Music Studies will be completed over six semesters with a credit average or above prior to your commencement in the Doctor of Medicine. During this time, you will also complete one preparatory unit of study in medicine (zero credit point value) and three units of study in biology, physics and chemistry from the program offered by the Faculty of Science. Thereafter, you will study for the degree of Doctor of Medicine over four years.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan


The Bachelor of Music Studies and Doctor of Medicine is undertaken full-time over seven years. Students enrol in junior units of study with a maximum 48 credit points (cp) during first year. A typical unit of study has a value of 6cp. The course is structured to allow students flexibility in their choice of units so they may pursue their own combinations of musical and non-musical disciplines. Students may choose units of study taught at another Faculty of the University of Sydney up to a maximum of 28cp each year. Those units must include 18cp in designated Faculty of Science units of study. In addition, in the first three years of study, students complete one unit of study (zero cp) offered by the Faculty of Medicine. All students take a principal study in an instrument, voice, composition or musicology. There are four compulsory core studies in which students must complete a minimum number of credit points: principal study (36cp), history and analysis of music (24-30cp), music skills (24cp), performance (6-12cp), teaching music (3cp).

Majors

What is a major?

A major in the Bachelor of Music Studies is defined as a principal study. Students undertake a vocal, instrumental, composition or musicology principal study over six semesters. In addition, students complete core studies in aural perception and harmony and analysis, music history and analysis, composition or performance, and pedagogy.

Core majors

Further course information

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and performance-related activities prescribed for their units of study. In addition, students must complete the Bachelor of Music Studies in minimum time and maintain, as a minimum, a credit average in the Bachelor of Music Studies, this being the minimum level of academic performance required for admission to candidature for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject. Electives can be selected from the units of study offered by the Conservatorium or from other faculties within the university (subject to permission from the Conservatorium).

Course opportunities

Most subject areas within the Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) (Honours) allow for students to take part in an international exchange program . The program enables students to enhance their skills in a language other than English and their knowledge of other societies and cultures. Students in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery have contact with patients and observe aspects of disease throughout their four years of study, with clinical placements at world-leading institutes, and established elective placement opportunities in Europe, Africa, North America and Asia.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Music Studies and Doctor of Medicine will be broadly educated musicians who are able to apply their knowledge, skills and attitudes creatively and flexibly.

Course accreditation

A key focus of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music is its partnership programs with Australia's major music organisations, such as Opera Australia and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Opera Australia: Opera Encounters allows selected students to work with principal artists and directors from Opera Australia and to benefit not only from the extensive knowledge which these professionals are able to share, but also to develop important contacts with key artists and administrators. In recent years, some of the Sydney Conservatorium's major opera productions have been developed as part of this program. An innovative new alliance has been forged, allowing for not only our Opera students to be coached, but to allow for outstanding students (vocal, instrumental and conductors) to perform in Opera Australia productions. Sydney Symphony Orchestra: A project jointly developed by the Conservatorium and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra is the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia. Students audition to join members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in a series of performances and regional tours. The success of this partnership can be measured through the level of success of Conservatorium students in securing casual and permanent employment in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and other professional orchestras.

Further study

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music has 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 places a high emphasis on its research activity and is recognised as a gathering place for experiencing music performance, scholarship and culture by individuals who push the boundaries of innovation, creativity, cognition and expression. Eligible candidates may proceed to an additional Honours year in the Bachelor of Music Studies and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Music). Candidates must have qualified for the award of their pass degree and will have met the required credit point average. The BMusStud also provides for admission to a range of Sydney postgraduate and graduate entry coursework programs.

About honours

The Bachelor of Music Studies and Doctor of Medicine with Honours (Music) comprises a widely recognised and highly regarded additional year of undergraduate study available to students who have recently completed an undergraduate degree. Honours is a unique opportunity for students to explore their research potential with an independent project supervised by one or more internationally recognised musicians. Completing a music degree with an honours year opens the door to many employment and research opportunities. For detailed advice see the Bachelor of Music Studies (Honours) .

Other study options

Since 1974 the Open Academy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music has opened it's doors to the community through programs, courses and workshops for school students, musicians, music teachers and to all those who are interested in learning more about music. Courses are held in the outstanding facilities of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music [http://sydney.edu.au/music/index.shtml] on Macquarie Street in Sydney and are designed to inspire and challenge.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to undergraduate courses at the University of Sydney is either on the basis of completion of secondary study via the NSW Higher School Certificate, leading to the award of an Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR) or equivalent. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

In addition, admission to this course requires the applicant:
(a) to participate in an interview at the Sydney Medical School ; and
(b) to complete a music skills test or jazz aptitude test and depending on the applicant’s proposed Principal Study:
(I) Principal Study in Composition, submit at least three compositions in different performance media which should represent their present level of achievement as composers and attend an interview;
(II) Principal Study in Musicology, present an example of recent written work and attend an interview;
(III) Principal Study in Performance, undertake a practical audition in the nominated instrument or in voice.

The results of this process will form part of the ranking of applicants.

** Please note:
The Sydney Medical School interview process is under review. Any new policy will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.

Note: It is likely that all domestic applicants will be required to attend an interview in person on 2 January 2013 (subject to change.) International applicants may attend an interview via Skype.

Please refer to the Sydney Medical School website for more information.
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High school students are eligible to apply for the Combined Medicine Degree Programs at the first opportunity after graduating high school, regardless of when their results are available. For detailed information, please refer to http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/future-students/medical-program/undergraduates/index.php.

Assumed knowledge

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How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). On-time applications for the March semester close on the last working day of September.

Short-listed applicants will be interviewed.

Further requirements

To gain entry to all courses, including the Diplomas and the combined BMusStudies/BA, BMusStudies/DM 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

You must apply through UAC by the last working day of September if you are an international fee-paying applicant who is:
• attempting an Australian Year 12 qualification
• undertaking the New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3

You may apply either directly to the International Office or through the NSW University Admissions Centre (UAC) by the last working day in September if you are attempting an International Baccalaureate in Australia.

If you are an international fee-paying applicant undertaking any qualification not listed above, please apply through the University of Sydney's International Office by the last working day of September.

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.