Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00116K

The Diploma in Music provides students the opportunity to further their musical training or explore areas of academic and practical music interest, while gaining a music qualification alongside their undergraduate studies in another field at the University of Melbourne. The program can be tailored, depending on interests, and provides access to the full range of music curriculum at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. For students interested in music performance, the diploma can allow them to focus on practical music training, providing individual instrumental or vocal tuition during a three-year (minimum) sequence of practical, ensemble and elective subjects. For students interested in musicology, ethnomusicology, or other areas of academic interest in music, the program allows access to the extensive range of MCM subjects in these areas. Students study the course alongside Bachelor of Music students, allowing them to build valuable friendships and networks in a challenging musical environment.


The Diploma in Music comprises 100 points of music electives, including up to 50 points cross-credited as breadth from the home degree. Commencing the diploma in first year enables students to complete both diploma and bachelors degree in three years. Students may also choose to complete the additional diploma requirements without fast-tracking or utilising their breadth subjects, to extend the duration of their study by up to a year.


  • Practical music, Musicology, Enthnomusicology, Composition

Standard entry requirements

All Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Design and Science students are eligible to apply. Entry to practical music subjects requires a submission of a recorded audition.

Study pathways

As a graduate, you'll be eligible to continue your music studies through completion of a Bachelor of Music, or Graduate Diploma in Music. This can lead to further graduate study, including the Master of Music (Performance Teaching) and a range of graduate study options.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Parkville No
  • Part-time : 3 years

Further information

This diploma is studied concurrently on a part-time basis with a bachelors degree.

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