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Music with Honours, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #601 (ARWU) Armidale, Australia| Online
Music with Honours at University of New England develops a student's ability to undertake increasingly independent research in music and critically apply approaches to methodology and/or practice to large projects. Students are able to synthesise and critique current knowledge in the discipline and apply this knowledge to a project under specialised supervision.
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Music with Honours at University of New England  program is designed to allow well qualified graduates in Music or Music/Teaching to extend their studies by pursuing specialist Music research and creative portfolio projects. 

Students will work with a supervisor to pursue guided research in ethnomusicology, musicology, performance studies, popular music studies, or in the study of creative music making principles and techniques in the areas of composition or music technology. 

Students complete their studies by presenting a dissertation, or research informed exegesis and creative portfolio in their area of specialisation. The course prepares students for postgraduate study and establishes a sound basis for a successful future career.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • independently apply a coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more music specialisations and knowledge of research principles and methods;
  • demonstrate a high level of research skills and the ability to write critically;
  • conduct and report independent research that contributes knowledge to a particular musical specialisation;
  • demonstrate enhanced communication proficiency within a discipline specific context; and
  • demonstrate an understanding of the social and ethical issues in relation to various musical contexts with intellectual independence.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Music Honours Coursework 
  • Music Honours Dissertation 

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General Requirements

CRICOS Code 093388E

  • Admission to candidature shall be determined by the Head of School on the recommendation of the course coordinator.
  •  Except as provided in Rule 3, a candidate for admission to the honours course shall:
  • (a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music) from the University of New England; and
  • (b) have attained a minimum grade point average of 5.0 (Credit); and
  • (c) have achieved 18 credit points at Distinction level or better in 300-level units in Music; and
  • (d) have passed units to the value of at least 60 credit points in Music, except that with the approval of the relevant Head of School, up to 12 credit points in another subject may be substituted; and

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26880 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26880 AUD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Armidale

  • 1500 - 2100 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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