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.

This seven-year (full-time) program provides outstanding students with the challenging and rewarding opportunity to study music prior to studying medicine. In your first three years undertaking the Bachelor of Music Studies, you will major in performance, composition or musicology. You will also complete core music units of study in music skills, music history and analysis.

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) program comprises four broad themes that run throughout the four- year curriculum. The themes cover: – Basic and Clinical Sciences – Patient and Doctor – Population Medicine – Personal and Professional Development. The course is delivered in three ‘stages’. Stages 1 and 2 cover years one and two respectively. Stage 3 covers years three and four. From your first year of the Doctor of Medicine, you will have contact with patients and observe the physical aspects of disease, which continues to your final year. The medical curriculum emphasises practical delivery with much of the program using problem-based learning with contextually relevant medical issues as the foundation of the course. After graduation, you can pursue a career in medicine that either involves general practice or specialisation in your area of interest. You might also wish to pursue a career in medical research, teaching, medical administration, medical communication or journalism. More information about double medicine degree options.

**Please note: The course fee quoted on this page relates to the Bachelor of Music Studies only. For course fees for the medical program please see Doctor of Medicine.

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.

Further course information

Progression rules

To progress from the Bachelor of Music Studies to the Doctor of Medicine program, students must:

(i) Complete the Bachelor degree in minimum time.
(ii) Complete units of study having a total value of at least 144 credit points
(iii) Maintain a credit average or above in each of the first three years of the Bachelor program
(iv) Satisfactorily complete a zero-credit point subject – SMTP3007 - during the Bachelor degree. This subject involves students undertaking a one week observational study of their choosing. Students are required to write and submit a 1000 word report of their experience. Prior to commencing their placement students are required to comply with Sydney Medical School student requirements for entering NSW Health facilities.
(v) Satisfactorily complete at least three subjects in Science (Biology, Physics and Chemistry)

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

There are opportunities for further study either in between your BMusStud course and MD course, or after you have completed the entire double degree. 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. You can do so either by suspending your candidature from the MD degree for one year, or after completion of the double degree 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

Applicants are eligible to apply for the Medicine double degrees at the first opportunity after graduating high school, regardless of when their results are available.

For more information about late results please visit our Double Degree Medicine website.

Admission to this course is for a limited number of outstanding applicants each year, on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), an interview conducted by Sydney Medical School and music skills test. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.
English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.

There are three basic admissions criteria:

i) To be considered, you must have a very high ATAR. The required ATAR is expected to be 99.95 for domestic students and 99.50 or greater for international students. Non-NSW HSC results are converted to an ATAR equivalence. For information about the ATAR requirement please see the Double Degree Medicine web page.

International applicants can visit the academic entry requirements web page for further information.

ii) Satisfactory performance in an interview - Interviews will be held from December in the year prior to entry for international applicants and from January in the entry year for domestic applicants. Eligible applicants will be contacted by email or telephone. If you believe that you are eligible for interview and you have not been notified, please call 1800 793 864 (from inside Australia) or +61 2 8627 1444 (from outside Australia) as soon as possible and, no later than 31 January, to check your eligibility.

Applicants whose results will not be available in time to be considered (that is, prior to the issue of invitations to the January interviews) must visit Late results for further details.

iii) complete a music skills test or jazz aptitude test and depending on the applicant’s proposed Principal Study:
1. 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;
2. Principal Study in Musicology, present an example of recent written work and attend an interview;
3. 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.

For more detailed information about double degree medicine please refer to the Sydney Medical School website.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

Please check the Double Degree Medicine webpage for the admissions timeline and other important information.

For other useful information, visit our How to Apply page.

Assumed knowledge

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International students

How to apply

Visit the How to Apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.


Please check the Double Degree Medicine webpage for the admissions timeline and other important information.

Further admission requirements

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

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol.

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

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Double degrees (undergraduate to postgraduate) – price differentiation

Commonwealth Supported students enrolling in a double degree course, please note that student contribution amounts for the postgraduate degree are higher than the undergraduate degree. Some combined degree courses also have a price differentiation. When you are calculating the likely total cost of your course please carefully factor in this price differentiation.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students

The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

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

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

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.

Double degrees (undergraduate to postgraduate) – price differentiation

The ESSENTIALS BOX lists two indicative tuition fee rates for double degrees that comprise an undergraduate degree and a postgraduate degree with a higher tuition fee rate for the postgraduate degree. The first indicative tuition fee listed in the ESSENTIALS BOX is for students commencing the undergraduate degree in 2017 as part of the double degree for Year 1. The fee is subject to annual increases for each year of your study. The second indicative tuition fee listed in the ESSENTIALS BOX is for students commencing the postgraduate degree in 2017 for Year 1. This fee will be subject to a number of annual reviews and indexation before you may be eligible to commence your study in the postgraduate degree. You will need to consult the faculty for up-to-date information about your tuition fees.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.