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Bachelor of Music (Degree with Honours) (BH-MUS) // Entry and participation requirements

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Entry requirements

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

  • within the last 5 years, a Bachelor of Music or equivalent degree with a weighted average mark of at least H3 (65%), or equivalent, with a major relevant to the discipline stream within the Bachelor of Music (Degree with Honours) that they seek to enter.

Applicants are also required to meet any specific subject prerequisites, prior academic performance requirements and audition, folio or academic writing requirements associated with the discipline stream that they seek to enter.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • prior academic performance, and where relevant audition, folio or academic writing requirements associated with the discipline stream that they seek to enter; and
  • the availability of supervision and resources in suitable areas.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

4. For applicants who have not completed the Victorian Certificate of Education or the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the undergraduate English language requirements must be met.

Quotas may be applied to the degree as a whole or to individual discipline streams and preference may be given in some discipline streams to applicants with evidence of appropriate preparation or potential to undertake research.

Bachelor of Music (Degree with Honours): Schedule of Discipline Streams
(approved by the Academic Board on 25 June 2015)

This schedule shows available discipline streams and additional conditions applicants must meet to be eligible for (but not automatically guaranteed) selection into Honours within that stream.


  • the submission of a 20-minute folio of compositions
  • for applicants from the University of Melbourne Bachelor of Music, a grade of at least H2A (75%) in the Bachelor of Music subject Composition 4 guarantees entry into the Bachelor of Music (Degree with Honours) Composition specialisation


  • a 25-minute audition
  • for applicants from the University of Melbourne Bachelor of Music, a grade of at least H2A (75%) in the Bachelor of Music subject Music Performance 6/Practical Music 6/Performance Study 6 guarantees entry into the Bachelor of Music (Degree with Honours) Performance specialisation

Musicology and Ethnomusicology:

  • the submission of a recent example of scholarly writing of at least 2000 words
  • for applicants from the University of Melbourne Bachelor of Music, a grade of at least H2A (75%) in a third-year academic elective subject in the Bachelor of Music guarantees entry into the Bachelor of Music (Degree with Honours) Musicology/Ethnomusicology specialisation

Jazz & Improvisation:

  • a 30-minute audition including the presentation and discussion of a research project proposal

Interaction Composition:

  • a 30-minute interview including the presentation of a 15-minute Interactive Composition folio and a research project proposal

Core participation requirements

The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music policy to take reasonable steps to make reasonable adjustments so as to enable the student’s participation in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s programs. The Bachelor of Music (Honours) is a degree which involves acquisition and refinement of musical knowledge and practice. All students of music must possess intellectual, ethical, physical and emotional capabilities required to participate in the full curriculum and to achieve the levels of competence required by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

A candidate for the BMus(Hons) degree must have abilities and skills which include the following:

a) Well developed existing proficiency in at least one musical instrument. This instrumental or vocal proficiency is initially measured at the application stage by audition into the Bachelor of Music. This proficiency will involve appropriately developed physical skills to achieve a well developed level of physical control of the instrument;

b) Well developed music literacy. A candidate must be capable of reading music notation fluently whether in standard musical notation or Braille musical notation;

c) Aural discrimination skills. A candidate needs to have well developed hearing to ensure that the aural requirements essential to the study of Music can be met;

d) The ability to comprehend complex music information and material independently. A candidate needs to possess an appropriate level of cognition to deal with required material relating to the theory and history of Music. This material may exist in written, and aural and schematised forms;

e) The capacity to communicate clearly a knowledge and application of music principles and practice in assessment activities and the ability to function as part of a musical team. A candidate must possess the emotional health required for full use of his/her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment and the prompt completion of all responsibilities required by the course. All candidates need to be aware of their personal limitations and be aware of when and where to seek professional advice or supervision. Candidates must be able to tolerate physically taxing musical practice and to function effectively under stress and isolation in musical preparation. They must also be able to function effectively as part of a musical ensemble, to adapt to changing environments and to display flexibility.

f) Behavioural and Social Attributes. A candidate must possess behavioural and social attributes that enable them to participate in a complex learning environment. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.

Students who feel their disability will prevent them from meeting the above academic requirements are encouraged to contact the Disability Liaison Unit.