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Postgraduate courses

Extend your knowledge and technical mastery as a musician
Our postgraduate coursework degrees are designed to prepare you for the music profession, with a strong emphasis on perfecting your professional performance skills.

What is a postgraduate coursework in music degree?

Unlike a research degree, our postgraduate coursework degrees in music focus on extending your technical mastery of a chosen instrument or voice, while deepening your knowledge of repertoire and performance practice. The units of study that are taught in a similar format to undergraduate learning, such as lectures, tutorials, assignments and exams. It gives you the scope to develop subject matter expertise in an area you’re passionate about.

Why study a postgraduate course at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music?

Our postgraduate courses respond to the competitive nature of the modern music profession and provide avenues not otherwise available for comprehensive and professionally focused musical education.

  • Gain access to first-class instruments, facilities and performance spaces.
  • Receive guidance tailored to your ability from dedicated teachers with years of experience as performers and touring musicians.
  • Our frequent and well attended events give you the opportunity to practise and perfect your skills on stage.
  • Our industry and community partnerships open collaboration opportunities.
  • Harness your creativity within a vibrant and talented community of aspiring musicians, researchers and educators – all of whom share a passion for music.

Gavin Brown

Gavin Brown
Master of Music Studies (Opera Performance)
"I was awarded a lead role in a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at the Sydney Opera House. Singing solo on the Concert Hall stage with the amassed orchestras, bands and choirs of the Conservatorium was such an incredible experience – but the best part? It counted towards my credit points!”
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How to apply

Select your course to apply as a domestic student online and upload supporting documents. Include your audition material in the application if recorded/submitting a portfolio. The recording must be no older than 4 months at the time of submitting the audition.

If you wish to attend a live audition, please indicate this in the application.

Application closing dates

Semester Closing date
Semester one 31 January of the same year
Semester two 30 June of the same year
Opera performance applicants  
Semester one 31 October of the same year

You are considered to be an international student if you are not an Australian citizen; a New Zealand citizen; a dual citizen of any country with Australia or New Zealand; or a permanent resident of Australia.

How to apply

Step 1: Before commencing the application process, be sure you meet the entry requirements. 

Step 2: Select your course to apply as an international student online and upload supporting documents.

Step 3: Include your audition material in the course application if recorded/submitting a portfolio. The recording must be no longer than 4 months at the time of submitting the audition.

If you wish to attend a live audition, please indicate this in your online course application.

Undergraduate and postgraduate guide 2019

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Postgraduate pre-admission and audition requirements

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