Graduate Certificate in Music (Musicology/Ethnomusicology)

Course M02MU (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Year and Campus: 2013 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 50 credit points taken over 6 months part time.


Professor Kerry Murphy, Head of Musicology

Professor Catherine Falk, Head of Ethnomusicology


Contact Centre
T: 13 MELB (6352)

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
VCA and Music Student Centre

Course Overview:

The Graduate Certificate in Music is designed for university graduates in any field who wish to undertake university-level study in music. The program draws together subjects from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music'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.

Musicology and Ethnomusicology: Students undertake a research project, appropriate to their area of study, complemented by a range of academic elective options. Ethnomusicology students can also select from a range of non-Western ensemble electives.


Students will gain a general understanding of the key concepts and issues in a music specialisation and develop relevant academic and applied musical skills and knowledge.

Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Full-time and Part-time study options are available.


Students undertake the following subjects:

Subject Options:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013


Three Academic Electives 37.50

Students focusing on Ethnomusicology may undertake 12.5 points of Ensemble electives in place of one Academic Elective.


Click here to view Academic and Ensemble elective options.

Entry Requirements:

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

1. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant’s ability to pursue successfully the course using the following criterion –

  • an undergraduate degree at a pass level, with an average of at least H2B (70%) in the major.

2. Selection into the Musicology/Ethnomusicology specialisation will be subject to the satisfactory assessment of a piece of scholarly writing.
3. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews, or may call for written work, referee reports, or employer references to elucidate any of the above.Additionally:

Application Procedure

Detailed information and online applications are available via

Evidence of Scholarly Ability

Applicants are required to submit a copy of a recent example 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:

The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music offers a wide range of study options including:

Graduate Research programs:

  • Master of Music - specialisations available in Performance, Conducting, Composition, Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Music Therapy.
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Music

Graduate Coursework programs:

  • Master of Music (Performance Teaching) - a specialist coursework degree enabling graduates in Western classical and contemporary music to work as performer-teachers in a variety of situations including community, private provider and further education settings and as instrumental/vocal instructors in schools.
  • Master of Music (Opera Performance) - a specialist coursework degree, offered in conjunction with Victorian Opera, delivering elite-level training for opera performers.
  • Master of Music Therapy - a coursework program leading to professional registration as Music Therapists (RMT) with the Australian Music Therapy Association (Inc.).

For full details of graduate courses offered by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, see

For other graduate courses offered by the University, see

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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