Honours in Music

Honours in Music provides an opportunity for you to undertake dedicated, advanced work in the areas of music performance, composition, and/or musicology (including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, psychology of music, music sociology, and music education). Students may choose to specialise in liturgical music.

You will acquire comprehensive research, technical, analytical, and critical skills as you develop your area(s) of specialisation. 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, librarianship, 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 (42 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1MUSC4103Introduction to Music Research
S1, S2MUSC4104Music Research Project
S2MUSC4105Music, Aesthetics and Criticism
S1, S2MUSC4140Music Honours Research 1
Prerequisites:
for Music Honours Research (musicology): an average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Music Studies major,
or
equivalent; for Music Honours Research (composition
or
performance): 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 2
Prerequisites:
MUSC4140 Music Honours Research 1
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1MUSC4101Contemporary Debates in Music
S1MUSC4106Liturgical Music
Prerequisites:
a bachelor's degree in Music at 65 per cent weighted average
Co-requisites:
MUSC4103 Introduction to Music Research, MUSC4104 Music Research Project, MUSC4401 Practical Studies 7
Incompatibility:
MUSC4101 Contemporary Debates in Music