Master of Music Studies (Composition)

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

The Master of Music Studies (Composition) is a three-semester coursework degree that focusses on the acquisition of high-level composition technique. It provides the opportunity for those interested in composition, or with a background in composition, to develop their compositional style, technique and ideas within a rigorous musical environment.

The Master of Music Studies degree is based entirely upon coursework components that enable you to gain practical skills in composition. You have weekly composition lessons with a tutor and will take part in a specific composition class geared towards this degree. Composition skills you will acquire in this degree include the areas of compositional style, instrumentation, technology, performance genres and technique.

The Master of Music Studies also provides for the acquisition of skills useful to life as a professional composer, such as conducting, sound recording, research skills and concert curation. You will work on a weekly basis with student performers in the first two semesters, allowing you to try out new ideas and hear them immediately translated into sound.

There are no genre restrictions or guidelines as to music that students may create in this degree: this is negotiated between each student and their tutor. High-level notation and music theory skills are strongly recommended.

In contrast to the Master of Music (Composition) degree, composers in the Master of Music Studies degree are not required to write a thesis or dissertation. The Master of Music Studies (Composition) degree contains a greater degree of practical coursework components specifically relating to composition.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan


Candidates for the Master of Music Studies (Composition) will study 4-5 units of study in each semester, including one unit per semester in their Principal Study. In the second and third semesters, you will have the opportunity to complete a dissertation or other elective seminars which relate to your specific area of study.

Further course information

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Master of Music Studies (Composition) reach the levels of excellence demanded by the music profession, and are prepared for careers as composers across a range of musical genres, arrangers, writers and music critics.

Further study

Graduates of the Master of Music Studies (Composition) who have completed a dissertation with a meritorious grade are eligible to articulate into the Doctor of Musical Arts.

Admission

Admission requirements

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants in the order in which complete applications are received, and according to the admissions criteria. A successful application for admission to the Master of Music Studies (Composition) requires (a) a master's degree in an appropriate discipline as determined by the faculty; or (b) a pass bachelor's degree with a credit average, or an honours bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification in an appropriate discipline as determined by the faculty; or (c) an award of graduate diploma from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification in an appropriate discipline as determined by the faculty; or (d) completion of the requirements of the embedded graduate diploma in this discipline from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification; and (e) submit a folio of compositions.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applicants may apply directly to the University's by clicking on the "APPLY NOW" button on the right hand side of the screen.

Folios can be uploaded here https://app.decisiondesk.com/clients/sydneymusic/account/create

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).

Folios can be uploaded here https://app.decisiondesk.com/clients/sydneymusic/account/create

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