Master of Music (Music Education)

The Master of Music (Music Education) degree can be completed in either two years of full-time study or three to four years of part-time study.

The first year of the course focusses on the development of research skills and the initial stages of the research project (literature review, ethics application/s and methodology).

In the second year, the focus is on collection of data, completion of the research and writing of the thesis.

Candidature includes

  • Completion of normally 24 credit points of appropriate research method and elective units of study as set out below.
  • Supervised research on an approved topic
  • Confirmation presentation in the first year of candidature
  • Annual progress review (APR)
  • Submission of a thesis of 25,000-40,000 words embodying the results of the research

Units of study

Candidates normally complete the following units of study:

  • 12 credit points of units of study in research methods
  • 12 credit points of elective units of study chosen from the list of graduate electives in the Faculty Handbook. With approval, one or more postgraduate electives may be pursued in another Faculty or University School.

Candidates should consult the Master of Music (Music Education) Program Leader or the Associate Dean (Research Education) for advice on unit of study choices.

Master of Music (Music Education) - standard progression pattern (full-time)

Semester 1

Semester 2

With guidance from the supervisory team, work on development of the research project and ethics approvals

With guidance from the supervisory team, work on data collection and overall development of the thesis

Research method unit of study

Research method unit of study

Graduate elective

Graduate elective


Confirmation presentation and progress review

Semester 3

Semester 4

With guidance from the supervisory team, work on development of the thesis

With guidance from the supervisory team, work on completion of the thesis


Submit for examination

Preparing for thesis submission

Students should refer to the Current Students website pages on preparing for submission.