Graduate Certificate in Music (Musicology/Ethnomusicology)

Course M02MU (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Year and Campus: 2011 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 50 credit points taken over 6 months part time.


Associate Professor Kerry Murphy, Convenor of Musicology

Professor Catherine Falk, Convenor of Ethnomusicology


Faculty of the VCA and Music Student Centre
Tel: +61 3 9685 9419
Fax: +61 3 9685 9358
Course Overview:

The Graduate Certificate in Music is designed for university graduates in any field who wish to undertake university-level study in music.

A student may focus on either practical skills or academic study, or blend the two together. The programs draw together subjects from the Conservatorium's existing degree programs, and may be taken part-time or full-time.

Subjects completed towards the Graduate Certificate in Music may later be credited towards the Graduate Diploma in Music, which may be used as a prerequisite to masters level degree programs at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
Objectives: Students will gain a general understanding of the key concepts and issues in a music specialisation and develop appropriate technical and critical skills.
Course Structure & Available Subjects: Full-time and Part-time study options are available.
Students enrolled in the Musicology/Ethnomusicology stream undertake the following subjects:
Subject Options:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2


Three Academic Electives 37.50


Academic electives are co-taught with the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music's Bachelor of Music program.

For elective subject options, see
Entry Requirements:

This program is designed for graduates of undergraduate degrees in disciplines other than music.

Applicants are eligible for entry into the Graduate Certificate or Diploma if they:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree at a pass level, with an average of at least H2B (70%) in the major.
  • Selection into the Musicology/Ethnomusicology specialisation will be subject to the satisfactory assessment of a piece of scholarly writing.
  • The Selection Committee may conduct interviews, or call for written work, referee reports, or employer references, to elucidate any of the above.

Application Procedure

Applicants are required to apply online via the Faculty of the VCA and Music website -

Students are encouraged to provide as much detailed information in support of their application as possible and to discuss their application with a member of the Academic Staff prior to submission.
Certified transcripts of academic records at any tertiary institution other than The University of Melbourne must be forwarded with the application. If the transcription is not in English a certified translation must be provided.

Evidence of Scholarly Ability

Applicants for the Musicology/Ethnomusicology stream are required to submit a copy of a piece of scholarly writing with their application, and a research proposal for the Special Study.

Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.
Further Study: Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Music leads to eligibility to apply for the Graduate Diploma in Music which, in turn, leads to masters-level study options.
Graduate Attributes: University of Melbourne postgraduate coursework degrees seek to develop graduates who demonstrate a capacity for contemporary professional practice and/or specialist knowledge and theory. Postgraduate coursework degrees have multiple purposes. They are designed to provide students with the opportunity for advanced knowledge and understanding in a specialist area; to enhance professional knowledge and skills; and to engage with new and emerging fields of study.
Generic Skills:

Graduates should also have developed the following skills:

  • A sound attitude towards undertaking life-long learning in music;
  • A well-developed capacity to understand and participate as an individual and in collaborative teams as a leader or as a team member;
  • A sophisticated level of written, verbal and musical communication skills;
  • An ability to think critically and analytically about the musical experience in all its facets: as performance, as composition, and as historical-sociocultural document.

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