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Bachelor of Music Studies (Honours)

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Overview

The Bachelor of Music Studies with Honours, based at the Arts Music Unit on the University's Camperdown Campus, 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.

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 .

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What you'll study

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 distinction 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.

Units of Study

Applying for admission

Eligible candidates for the Bachelor of Music Studies (Honours) must obtain written permission of the relevant Program Leader and/or honours coordinator, and have submitted an honours project proposal to the Conservatorium 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.

Completion requirement

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.

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 Handbooks Online 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.

 

Assumed knowledge

Bachelor of Music Studies or equivalent three-year degree.

Admission requirement

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.

Course opportunities

All students at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music participate in masterclasses with visiting artists, public recitals and performances in world class venues. Students may participate in international performance tours each year and may undertake exchange study at an overseas university as an integral part of their course.

Future study options

Graduate opportunities

The Bachelor of Music Studies (Honours) supports the development of professional musicians through acquisition of an integrated body of knowledge, skills and attitudes. While students are required to specialise in their principal study and to reach levels of excellence demanded by the music profession, graduates are prepared for a diverse range of career opportunities, including careers as performing soloists, chamber musicians and orchestral/ensemble players, as well as music educators, creators, researchers and writers.

  • artist agent
  • arts administrator
  • audio engineer
  • chamber/orchestral musician
  • composer
  • concert manager
  • concert soloist
  • conductor
  • contemporary musician
  • digital music composer
  • ethnomusicologist
  • event producer
  • festival or venue manager
  • film score composer
  • interactive music designer
  • jazz musician
  • music journalist
  • music producer
  • musicologist
  • opera singer
  • orchestra manager
  • piano accompanist
  • private studio teacher
  • school music teacher

Career information for UAC

Examples include composers, performers (symphonic, ensemble, solo instrumental, and vocal), studio music teaching, musicology and music-related careers such as music journalism, music administration, music librarianship, music technology.

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Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. 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 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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. 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.

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