single degree

Master of Music

A single two year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Field of Education
    • Music
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Field of Education
    • Music

Program Requirements

The Master of Music requires the completion of 96 units which must consist of:

48 units from completion of courses on one of the following lists:

Music Performance
MUSI6302 Introductory Graduate Music Performance 
MUSI7001 Graduate Music Performance 1
MUSI8003 Graduate Music Performance 2
MUSI8004 Graduate Music Performance 3

Music Composition
MUSI6315 Introductory Graduate Composition 
MUSI7002 Graduate Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 1
MUSI8005 Graduate Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 2
MUSI8006 Graduate Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 3

12 units from completion of compulsory courses from the following list:

MUSI8011 Creative Practice as Research
MUSI8012 Music Graduate Exegesis

12 units from completion of research training courses from the following list:

MUSI6211 Writing about Music 1: Styles and Theories
MUSI6313 Writing about Music 2: Sources and Methods 
MUSI7003 The Scholar Musician 1
MUSI8001 The Scholar Musician 2

24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0

Entry to the Composition Specialisation additionally requires a successful assessment of a portfolio of works. Entry to the Performance Specialisation requires a successful audition.

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit. 

Cognate Disciplines

Music composition, music performance

English Language Requirements

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

Assessment of Qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.



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ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The ANU School of Music’s Master of Music is designed to nurture outstanding musical artistry through offering a diversity of musical experiences in an environment that encourages excellence, passion and entrepreneurship. We believe that discovery lies at the heart of both creativity and self expression.

Enrolling in a Master of Music gives you the opportunity to explore the concepts and contexts of music guided by world-class academic staff delivering lectures, tutorials, one-to-one tuition, ensembles, master classes, technical workshops and musical activities in the community.

Your learning experiences are not just confined to the classroom or recital hall: you also have the opportunity to use our million dollar recording studio outfitted with the most advanced array of microphones, recording hardware and software as well as the legendary 48 channel Neve Genesys console which is at the heart of the studio.

Internships are available with an array of professional performance companies, recording studios, production houses, and community arts organizations.

The Master of Music offers two streams to match your passions: Music Performance and Music Composition.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

This program is available for applications until second semester, 2018

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  1. pose questions relating to performance or composition that are significant, original, and complex;
  2. investigate these questions creatively, critically, ethically, and independently through music performance or music composition;
  3. place your performance or composition in the context of the relevant music performance or music composition tradition or “school”; and
  4. communicate their responses to these questions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences with either a technically outstanding professional-level public performance or portfolio of compositions, which is supported by a verbal explanation of your creative decisions.
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