Doctor of Philosophy (Conservatorium)

Conservatorium

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

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (SCM) may be undertaken as supervised research projects in composition, musicology, music education, performance and interdisciplinary applied research topic areas. These can include Western historical musicology, music analysis, music technology, ethnomusicology, sociology of music, popular music studies, electronic and score-based composition, intercultural studies, acoustics, Australian Indigenous studies, SE Asian music, physiology, psychology, music therapy, music perception and cognition, performance practice, stylistics, and historical interpretation. The Conservatorium offers state-of-the-art performance venues and cutting-edge technology and research laboratories. PhD requirements vary between disciplines and may comprise a thesis of up to 80,000 words; or a portfolio of compositions with accompanying exegesis of 25,000 words; or a thesis comprising a dissertation that includes a critical and theoretical discussion plus a substantial body of creative work..

Further course information and outcomes

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Further information

How to apply

Admission requirements

Applicants for admission to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy should normally hold a relevant master's degree or a bachelor's degree with first or second class honours.

Alternatively, an applicant may be admitted having passed a qualifying examination at a standard equivalent to the bachelor's degree with first or second class honours.

In addition to these academic requirements the Associate Dean must certify to the faculty that your proposed course of advanced study and research is appropriate and acceptable; that you have in addition to the academic qualifications the necessary training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study and research; and that there are sufficient supervisory and other resources and facilities available to enable your candidature to be completed successfully.

Choral Conducting Applicants
Applicants must submit a videotape of a performance or rehearsal that displays their conducting proficiency. Initially, tapes must be submitted by 31 October which will contain one renaissance motet (a cappella), one romantic work, with or without an instrumental ensemble, and a contemporary work composed after 2000 (a cappella). Prospective students will then be invited to a personal interview (for international students, this will be carried-out via Skype).

For information on developing a research proposal please contact the Office of Student Administration.
+ 61 2 9351 1206
+ 61 2 9351 1216
Email: coninfo@sydney.edu.au or timothy.crowe@sydney.edu.au

International students please email info@io.sydney.edu.au for application information.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2015, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is 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). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

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

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. 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 in this prospectus, 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.

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

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2015, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

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. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

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.