Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00116K

This program offers flexible study pathways that can be tailored to meet interests, skills and needs in preparation for a career in music. The program provides advanced, pre-professional music training in five specialisations: Music Performance; Composition; Musicology and Ethnomusicology; Jazz and Improvisation; Interactive Composition. These develop technically advanced and experienced musicians through an immersive and practical curriculum encompassing core studies, music electives and complementary University breadth subjects. See study.unimelb.edu.au for details.


Students will complete 300 points of study, of which 225 points are taken as core studies in music. They must complete a minimum of 50 points (four subjects) as breadth, with the remaining 25 points (two subjects) taken as either breadth or core subjects. Depending on the area of specialisation, students will receive practical tuition through such activities as weekly individual instrumental, vocal or composition lessons, instrument classes, extensive solo and ensemble performance opportunities, and regular master classes with distinguished national and international artists and teachers.


  • Composition
  • Interactive Composition
  • Jazz and Improvisation
  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology
  • Music Performance.

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 or equivalent
  • VCE Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL
  • Plus audition and musicianship test. For the audition to be at a competitive standard for entry into Composition, Musicology and Ethnomusicology or Music Performance, it is recommended that the repertoire students perform be at the equivalent standard of Grade 7 AMEB (Grade 8 ABRSM) on instrument, or Grade 5 AMEB for voice.

Study pathways

An honours year of highly specialised music only study is also available. A range of graduate coursework and research music programs are also available in music therapy, performance teaching, orchestral performance, opera performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, music performance, jazz and improvisation, music psychology and performance science, and interactive composition. Program offerings range from graduate certificate to PhD, including intensive-mode professional development study options. There is also an opportunity as a music graduate to extend study across the University in areas such as arts management, marketing, humanities, teaching and law. The Melbourne Chancellor's Scholarship is available to high achievers.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Parkville Yes
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years
Southbank Yes

Fee comments

Campuses: Parkville.

International fee range is $96,928?$106,340, based on the number of subjects taken, their credit point value and the discipline band for each subject.

Campuses: Southbank.

International fee range is $96,928-$106,340, based on the number of subjects taken, their credit point value and the discipline band for each subject.

Further information

The Chancellor's Scholarship guarantees very high-achieving students a Commonwealth Supported Place or International Fee Place in the graduate program* of their choice, plus a range of other benefits complementing the Bachelor of Music. The guarantee includes the Juris Doctor (Law) and the Master of Teaching. No minimum Grade Point Average is required in your undergraduate degree. To be eligible, you must have completed an Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate in 2019 with an ATAR (or notional ATAR) of 99.85 or above and achieved an audition score of A+. Indigenous applicants must have achieved an ATAR (or notional ATAR) of 90.00 or above and an audition score of A+. This guarantee is subject to meeting any selection requirements as specified for the graduate program.

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