Master of Music

 

Master of Music


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2014, the Resolutions of the School, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended), the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register: http://sydney.edu.au/policies.

Course resolutions

Part 1: Preliminary

1 Course codes

Code

Course and stream title

RMMUCOMP-02

Master of Music (Composition)

RMMUMEDU-02

Master of Music (Music Education)

RMMUMUSI-02

Master of Music (Musicology)

RMMUPERF-02

Master of Music (Performance)

Part 2: Admission requirements

2 Eligibility for admission to candidature

(1)
Master of Music (Composition)
(a)
To be eligible to be admitted to candidature by the Dean or Associate Dean, an applicant must hold or have completed the requirements for:
(i)
the degree of Bachelor of Music (Composition) from the University of Sydney; or
(ii)
a qualification or qualifications that, in the opinion of the Faculty Research Committee, are equivalent to that prescribed in sub-paragraph (i).
(b)
Applicants must
(i)
present a folio of original compositions; and
(ii)
present a 1500-2000 word summary of their proposed area of research/creative work; and
(iii)
attend an interview.
(c)
In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit to candidature an applicant who does not meet the requirements of paragraph (a), provided that the applicant has exceptional qualifications and presents evidence of having the aptitude required for undertaking the course.
(2)
Master of Music (Music Education)
(a)
To be eligible to be admitted to candidature by the Dean or Associate Dean, an applicant must hold or have completed the requirements for:
(i)
the degree of Bachelor of Music (Music Education) from the University of Sydney; or
(ii)
a qualification or qualifications that, in the opinion of the Faculty Research Committee, are equivalent to that prescribed in sub-paragraph (i).
(b)
Applicants must
(i)
present a 1500-2000 word summary of their proposed area of research work; and
(ii)
attend an interview.
(c)
In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit to candidature an applicant who does not meet the requirements of paragraph (a), provided that the applicant has exceptional qualifications and presents evidence of having the aptitude required for undertaking the course.
(3)
Master of Music (Musicology)
(a)
To be eligible to be admitted to candidature by the Dean or Associate Dean, an applicant must hold or have completed the requirements for:
(i)
the degree of Bachelor of Music from the University of Sydney; or
(ii)
a qualification or qualifications that, in the opinion of the Faculty Research Committee, are equivalent to that prescribed in sub-paragraph (i).
(b)
Applicants must
(i)
provide a statement of research interest and intent; and
(ii)
present a folio of academic writing; and
(iii)
attend an interview.
(c)
In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit to candidature an applicant who does not meet the requirements of paragraph (a), provided that the applicant has exceptional qualifications and presents evidence of having the aptitude required for undertaking the course.
(4)
Master of Music (Performance)
(a)
To be eligible to be admitted to candidature by the Dean or Associate Dean, an applicant must hold or have completed the requirements for:
(i)
the degree of Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the University of Sydney; or
(ii)
a qualification or qualifications that, in the opinion of the Faculty Research Committee, are equivalent to that prescribed in sub-paragraph (i).
(b)
Applicants must
(i)
present a program on their principal instrument in audition at graduating undergraduate standard;
(ii)
present a 1500-2000 word summary of their proposed area of performance research; and
(iii)
attend an interview.
(c)
In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit to candidature an applicant who does not meet the requirements of paragraph (a), provided that the applicant has exceptional qualifications and presents evidence of having the aptitude required for undertaking the course.

3 Application for admission to candidature

(1)
An applicant for admission to candidature must submit to the Faculty:
(a)
satisfactory evidence of the applicant's eligibility for admission;
(b)
a proposed course of research and advanced study, approved by the Associate Dean in which the work is to be undertaken; and
(c)
a statement certifying the applicant's understanding that, subject to the HDR Rule, if the candidature is successful, his or her thesis will be lodged with the University Librarian and made available for immediate public use.

4 Credit transfer

The HDR Rule specifies the conditions for the granting of credit for previous studies, including the effect on completion times.

Part 3: Candidature

5 Appointment of supervisor

The Associate Dean will appoint suitably qualified supervisors for each candidate in accordance with the HDR Rule and Academic Board policies for postgraduate research higher degree supervision.

6 Control of candidature

The HDR Rule specifies the conditions for the control of candidature by the University.

7 Location of candidature and attendance

The HDR Rule specifies the conditions for the location of candidature and attendance by candidates at the University.

Part 4: Requirements

8 Streams

(1)
The degree is offered in the following streams:
(a)
Composition;
(b)
Music Education;
(c)
Musicology; and
(d)
Performance.
(2)
The testamur will include the stream completed.

9 Degree requirements

(1)
Master of Music (Composition)
(a)
To satisfy the requirements of the degree candidates must:
(i)
complete any specified probationary requirements;
(ii)
complete prescribed units of study, as set out in the Faculty Handbook;
(iii)
carry out composition and research on the approved topic; and
(iv)
submit a thesis comprising the portfolio of original compositions and the dissertation of 10,000 to 20,000 words associated with the candidate's composition portfolio.
(2)
Master of Music (Music Education)
(a)
To satisfy the requirements of the degree candidates must:
(i)
complete any specified probationary requirements;
(ii)
complete prescribed units of study, as set out in the Faculty Handbook ;
(iii)
carry out research on the approved topic; and
(iv)
submit a thesis of 25,000 to 40,000 words embodying the results of the research.
(3)
Master of Music (Musicology)
(a)
To satisfy the requirements of the degree candidates must:
(i)
complete any specified probationary requirements;
(ii)
complete prescribed units of study, as set out in the Faculty Handbook ;
(iii)
carry out research as approved for the thesis; and
(iv)
submit a thesis, which may be in the form of a portfolio of research of 25,000 to 40,000 words embodying the results of the research.
(4)
Master of Music (Performance)
(a)
To satisfy the requirements of the degree candidates must:
(i)
complete any specified probationary requirements;
(ii)
complete prescribed units of study, as set out in the Faculty Handbook;
(iii)
carry out performance research on the approved topic; and
(iv)
submit a thesis embodying the results of the research and comprising a final 50-80 minute performance and a written dissertation of 10,000 to 20,000 words.

10 The thesis

A candidate shall produce a thesis that meets the requirements specified in the HDR Rule.

Part 5: Enrolment and progression

11 Probation

(1)
A candidate is normally accepted for candidature on a probationary basis for a period not exceeding one year according to the provisions of the HDR Rule.
(2)
In the probationary period each candidate must:
(a)
complete a specified research methods unit of study;
(b)
develop and present a refined research proposal to the satisfaction of the Supervisor and Associate Dean; and
(c)
demonstrate adequate English language competency for the completion of the degree.

12 Time limits, earliest and latest submission dates

The HDR Rule specifies the allowable completion times and submission dates available for full- and part-time candidates in this course.

13 Mode of attendance

The attendance pattern for this course is full-time or part-time according to candidate choice. Visa requirements commonly restrict international students to full-time study only.

14 Discontinuation of candidature

A candidate may discontinue enrolment in a unit of study or the degree subject to the conditions specified by the HDR Rule.

15 Suspension of candidature

A candidate may suspend enrolment from the degree subject to the conditions specified by the HDR Rule.

16 Leave of absence

A candidate may take leave of absence from the degree subject to the conditions specified by the HDR Rule.

17 Progress

A candidate is required to maintain satisfactory progress towards the timely completion of the degree. Progress will be reviewed annually according to the provisions of the HDR Rule.

Part 6: Examination

18 Examination of the thesis

(1)
Examination of the thesis, including theses containing composition or performance components, will be conducted in general accordance with policy and procedures prescribed by Academic Board for masters degrees by research.
(2)
Two examiners will be appointed by the Faculty, at least one of whom shall be external to the University; and
(a)
in the case of theses containing composition or performance components, the same two examiners will normally examine all components of the thesis; and
(b)
for the master of Music (Performance), the final performance will be recorded and sent to the examiners together with the dissertation; and, the examiners for Master of Music (Performance) may choose to attend the final performance but will not participate in any internal assessment of readiness for examination.
(3)
The Faculty Research Committee will act in place of the HDR Examinations Sub-Committee.

19 Award of the degree

The degree is awarded at the pass level only.

Part 7: Other

20 Transitional provisions

(1)
These course resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2018.
(2)
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2017 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed within the time limits specified in those resolutions. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.