The Sydney Conservatorium of Music places a high emphasis on its research activity, with a vibrant and diverse community of staff and students. The Master of Music (Composition) aims to facilitate the development of advanced compositional abilities and allow candidates to create compositions of a length and complexity not possible during undergraduate courses. Students prepare both a composition portfolio (creative work) and a related dissertation which, together, will form their final thesis.
Within the degree structure, candidates receive training in research methods and areas of study pertinent to their field, and work with supervisors on the preparation of their composition portfolio and dissertation.
Candidates can specialise in music technology, electro-acoustic, ensemble/orchestral, jazz and music theatre composition, and are encouraged to develop skills in, and an understanding of all aspects toward the successful completion of a composition project. Discover more of the Composition and Music Technology study options at the University of Sydney.
To satisfy the requirements of the degree candidates must:
To be eligible for admission to the Master of Music (Composition) you must have completed the equivalent of a bachelor's degree in music with a major in composition.
In exceptional circumstances the Dean or Associate Dean may admit an applicant who does not meet this requirement provided that the applicant has exceptional qualifications and presents evidence of having the aptitude required for undertaking the course.
This criteria constitute the minimum requirements for eligibility and do not guarantee admission. That remains at the discretion of the relevant supervisors and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and access to supervision remains highly competitive.
The University must certify that there are sufficient supervisory and other resources and facilities available to enable your candidature to be completed successfully.