Musicology asks why we like music, how it functions and what it means. It examines not only music but also music-making within its social and cultural environment. Ethnomusicology seeks to understand how and why current music-making in a global context is meaningful to its makers, owners and communities. 

During your studies, you will develop knowledge, skills and practices that provide a basis for independent critical enquiry and research-based writing, as well as the ability and self-confidence to comprehend and present complex concepts.

The Musicology/Ethnomusicology specialisation offers you a highly flexible course structure, with opportunities to blend academic and performance-based activities through participation in ensemble and chamber-music activities.

It can also also offer a pathway to specialised study at honours or graduate level.


This specialisation can be your pathway to a range of employment options within a musical portfolio career, including:

  • Music administrator
  • Music critic or reviewer
  • Music editor
  • Music educator
  • Music journalist
  • Music researcher
  • Social and cultural policy consultant.

Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Music

Clearly-in Rank 2018
Range of criteria used for selection Guide only

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in 2018. i

The Clearly-in Rank should be used as a guide for entry. It is not set in advance and may vary from year to year. The Clearly-in Rank is determined by the number of places available, the number of applicants listing the course as a preference and the academic achievement of those applicants.

Access Melbourne entry

Access Melbourne allows eligible students to be considered below the Clearly-in Rank. i

Minimum ATAR 2018
NA Guide only i

You must achieve the minimum ATAR (if indicated) to be considered for entry to this degree. The Clearly-in Rank may be above the Minimum ATAR, depending on the demand for the course and the number of places available.


Units 3 & 4: A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL.

Selection into the Bachelor of Music is based on talent as well as academic performance. Applicants must complete an audition and musicianship test. Repertoire presented at AMEB Grade 7 standard for instrumentalists and Grade 5 for singers, generally makes for a competitive audition. These standards are an indication only. AMEB examinations are not a prerequisite for entry.

More information about the audition and selection process here.