Postgraduate Certificate in Music (Practical Music)

Course M03PM (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.


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

The Postgraduate 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 program draws together subjects from the Conservatorium's existing degree programs, and may be taken part-time or full-time.

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


Three Academic or Music Studies Electives 37.50

Students may choose to undertake an Ensemble Elective (6.25 points) as part of the course


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

For elective subject options, see
Entry Requirements:

This course is designed for graduates with a (usually three-year) pass degree in music, or for students who can demonstrate documented professional experience relevant to their area of specialisation of at least five years.

Applicants are eligible for entry into the Postgraduate Certificate if they:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree at a pass level with a major in Music, with an average of at least H2B (70%) in the major; or
  • Can demonstrate documented professional experience relevant to a music specialisation of at least five years.


  • Selection into the Practical Music specialisation will be subject to a satisfactory audition.
  • 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.

Applicants for the Practical Music specialisation are required to undertake a thirty (30) minute audition.

Overseas, and where necessary interstate, students may submit a DVD/CD-Audio recording in place of attending an audition. The DVD/CD-Audio is to be recorded in one session, must be uncut, and accompanied by a Recorded Audition Declaration form.

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.
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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