• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Music
  • Specialisation code CPSN-HSPC
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The Composition Honours Specialisation gives you high-level preparation for professional life or a higher degree by research through the development of an advanced knowledge of the research principles and methods and theoretical concepts of composition, and through the design and implementation of a research project that will result in a portfolio of compositions in written and/or audiovisual format, and a supporting text-based exegesis, that develops new understandings or that provides solutions to complex problems.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. pose a significant research question relating to composition;
  2. investigate this question creatively, critically, ethically, and independently, including through sophisticated use of theory and methodology as appropriate to composition, and
  3. place these investigations in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition; and communicate their research and its findings through an appropriate medium.
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Admission Requirements

1. a major or equivalent in composition

2. with the written approval of an identified supervisor for the thesis


Cognate disciplines

Music composition


This Honours specialisation requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

36 units from completion of the following courses:

MUSI4401 The Scholar Musician 1

MUSI4404 Creative Practice as Research

THES4105 Thesis


A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses on the following list:

MUSI4410 Music Honours Exegesis

MUSI4411 Music Honours Extended Exegesis


A maximum of 6 units from completion of courses on the following list:

ANIP4001 Australian National Internships Program Honours Internship A

MUSI4402 The Scholar Musician 2

MUSI4412 Music Honours Ensemble

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