UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Music (research)

This specialist degree is designed for professionals or graduates to pursue composition, musicology or performance at postgraduate level.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Music (research)
Award abbreviationMMus
Course code10720
Course typemaster's degree by research (thesis and creative work)
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byGraduate Research School
CRICOS code083361K
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsThroughout the year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required48
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1 year
Time limit2 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
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Course adviceGraduate Research and Scholarships Office
6488 2807
pghelp-grso@uwa.edu.au

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Specialisations

Specialisations

Master of Music (in composition)

Students are required to present for examination a portfolio consisting of a composition or group of compositions which show(s) advanced technical accomplishment and imaginative resource, and a thesis on a topic related to one or more aspects of the portfolio.

Master of Music (in musicology)

Students are required to present for examination a thesis or a transcription and edition of a substantial body of music to be accompanied by a critical commentary.

Master of Music (in performance)

Students are required to present for examination a recital program which demonstrates advanced artistic integrity and technical accomplishment, and a thesis on a topic related to one or more aspects of the recital.

Course structure

Course structure

Extracted from Master of Music (research) rules

3. The fields of study for the course are composition, musicology and performance.

4. A student must—

(a)(i) for the course in composition present for examination a portfolio consisting of a composition or group of compositions which show(s) advanced technical accomplishment and imaginative resource, and an 8000 to 10,000 word thesis on a topic related to one or aspects of the portfolio; or

(ii) for the course in musicology present for examination a 20,000 to 25,000 word thesis or a transcription and edition of a substantial body of music to be accompanied by a 10,000 to 12,000 word critical commentary; or

(iii) for the course in performance present for examination a performance program of normally 60 to 80 minutes' duration which demonstrates advanced artistic integrity and technical accomplishment, and an 8000 to 10,000 word thesis on a topic related to one or more aspects of the performance program;

and

(b) demonstrate satisfactory attendance at, and participation in, the colloquia, Master of Music Seminar 1 and Master of Music Seminar 2.

5. The word count for the thesis or critical commentary excludes tables, footnotes, endnotes, appendices and other illustrative matter.

6.(1) A student must submit the following information to the Board for approval:

(a) for the course in composition, the proposed musical forms and media of the portfolio the details of the thesis;

or

(b) for the course in musicology, details of the thesis or the transcription and edition of a substantial body of music to be accompanied by the critical commentary;

or

(c) for the course in performance, a preliminary proposal for the performance program and details of the thesis.

(2) The information referred to in (1) must be submitted within four months of the date of first enrolment in the program if the enrolment is full-time, or the equivalent as determined by the Board if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time.

(3) The approval of the Board is required for any significant changes to the information referred to in (1).


See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Rules

Definitions

In these Rules, unless the context suggests otherwise—

the Board is the Board of the Graduate Research School and includes any position to which the Board has delegated authority for a particular function;

work means scholarly writing or, in the case of the creative arts and building sciences, may mean music composition or music recitals or exhibitions or recordings or scholarly documentation of exhibitions or recordings.

Applicability of the Master's Degrees by Research Rules for courses administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School and the University's Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Master's Degrees by Research Rules for courses administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School apply to the Master of Music except as set out in the rules which follow.

(2) The Student Rules, policies and procedures apply except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

1.A(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

(3) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in the rules for this course.

(4) A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of (3) is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation'.

Admission

2.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have the degree of Bachelor of Music with honours or Bachelor of Arts with honours of this University, or equivalent as recognised by the Board.

(2) An applicant for the course in composition must undergo a portfolio review and interview.

(3) An applicant for the course in performance must pass an audition.

(4) The arrangements for the portfolio review and interview or audition, including the nature, duration and timing, are determined by the Head of the School of Music.

Course requirements

3. The fields of study for the course are composition, musicology and performance.

4. A student must—

(a)(i) for the course in composition present for examination a portfolio consisting of a composition or group of compositions which show(s) advanced technical accomplishment and imaginative resource, and an 8000 to 10,000 word thesis on a topic related to one or aspects of the portfolio; or

(ii) for the course in musicology present for examination a 20,000 to 25,000 word thesis or a transcription and edition of a substantial body of music to be accompanied by a 10,000 to 12,000 word critical commentary; or

(iii) for the course in performance present for examination a performance program of normally 60 to 80 minutes' duration which demonstrates advanced artistic integrity and technical accomplishment, and an 8000 to 10,000 word thesis on a topic related to one or more aspects of the performance program;

and

(b) demonstrate satisfactory attendance at, and participation in, the colloquia, Master of Music Seminar 1 and Master of Music Seminar 2.

5. The word count for the thesis or critical commentary excludes tables, footnotes, endnotes, appendices and other illustrative matter.

6.(1) A student must submit the following information to the Board for approval:

(a) for the course in composition, the proposed musical forms and media of the portfolio the details of the thesis;

or

(b) for the course in musicology, details of the thesis or the transcription and edition of a substantial body of music to be accompanied by the critical commentary;

or

(c) for the course in performance, a preliminary proposal for the performance program and details of the thesis.

(2) The information referred to in (1) must be submitted within four months of the date of first enrolment in the program if the enrolment is full-time, or the equivalent as determined by the Board if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time.

(3) The approval of the Board is required for any significant changes to the information referred to in (1).

Examination

7.(1) The composition portfolio and thesis, musicology thesis or transcription and edition of a substantial body of music accompanied by a critical commentary, or performance recital and thesis, are examined by two examiners, at least one of whom must be external to The University of Western Australia.

(2) The examiners are appointed by the Board, on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Music.

Master of Music (in performance)

(3) For the Master of Music (in performance) the Head of the School of Music must advise the Board at least two months prior to the date of the performance program, of the details of the program, including the date, venue and other relevant details.

(4) Where practical, both examiners for the Master of Music (in performance) are nominated by the Head of the School of Music at least one month prior to the performance program.

(5) The performance program is performed before both examiners, where possible, and the Head of the School of Music or his/her nominee.

(6) The performance program is recorded and the recording made available to the examiners for their consideration and subsequent archival retention.

(7) If an examiner is not present at a performance program, they examine on the basis of the recording.

(8) Examiners must forward to the Board their final report pertaining to the performance program and theses, and recommendations for classification.

Minimum and maximum time limits

8.(1) Unless otherwise approved by the Board, the minimum period of enrolment is eight months full-time, sixteen months if the enrolment is part-time or pro-rated if the enrolment is a mixture of full- and part-time.

(2) Unless the Board, in recognition of exceptional circumstances, grants an extension of time, a full-time student must submit the thesis within one year from the date of first enrolment, or the equivalent as determined by the Board if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time.