UWA Handbook 2017

Honours course

Honours in Music

Honours in Music provides an opportunity for you to undertake dedicated, advanced work in the areas of music performance, composition or musicology (historical musicology, ethnomusicology, psychology of music, music sociology and music education). By developing in-depth knowledge of a chosen specialist area, you will acquire comprehensive research, technical, analytical and critical skills that culminate in a public recital, a composition portfolio or a dissertation. Honours in music opens the door to postgraduate study options at national and international centres of music excellence, while at the same time providing you with enhanced employment opportunities in areas such as music performance, music teaching, composing, arranging, arts management, journalism and community music.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) undertake dedicated, advanced work in the areas of music performance, composition or musicology (historical musicology, ethnomusicology, psychology of music, music sociology and music education); (2) develop in-depth knowledge of a chosen specialist area; and (3) acquisition of comprehensive research, technical, analytical and critical skills that culminate in a public recital, a composition portfolio or a dissertation.

Entry requirements: the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Music Studies major.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year (mid-year intake for part-time study only)

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2
Take all units (48 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnitĀ nameĀ Unit rules
S1MUSC4101Contemporary Debates in MusicNone
S1MUSC4103Introduction to Music ResearchNone
S1, S2MUSC4104Music Research ProjectNone
S2MUSC4105Music, Aesthetics and CriticismNone
S1, S2MUSC4140Music Honours Research 1Prerequisites: To be eligible to undertake Music Honours Research (musicology), students must obtain an average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Music Studies major, or equivalent. To be eligible to undertake Music Honours Research (composition or performance), students must obtain an average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Music Studies major and 65 per cent in the Level 3 units in the Specialist Music Studies majors (including MUSC3541 Practical Music 5 and MUSC3542 Practical Music 6), or equivalent.
S1, S2MUSC4141Music Honours Research 2Prerequisites: MUSC4140 Music Honours Research 1