Doctor of Philosophy (Music)

4 years full time (part-time study options available)
Parkville campus
Available to Domestic and International students
Course CRICOS code: 056960M

In music (including composition and performance), a PhD thesis may take the form of performance and/or corpus of creative work plus a dissertation that aims to address, elucidate and contextualise the work.

The PhD requires a minimum of three years full-time study (six years part-time). PhD graduate researchers become part of an active research culture which includes school based seminars, Faculty research symposia and opportunities for funding to attend national and international conferences, symposia, performances, exhibitions, and other events at which they present research or creative work.

The PhD is taught and administered within the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and is overseen by the Melbourne School of Graduate Research at the University of Melbourne.

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This course is supported by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP). Under the RTP, domestic students are exempt from tuition fees for the normal duration of the course. This exemption is valid for up to four years for students enrolled in a doctoral program and up to two years for a research master’s degree. More details on RTP and other fees you may need to pay.

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