This program offers flexible study pathways that can be tailored to meet interests, skills and needs in preparation for a career in music. The program provides advanced, pre-professional music training in five specialisations: Music Performance; Composition; Musicology and Ethnomusicology; Jazz and Improvisation; Interactive Composition. These develop technically advanced and experienced musicians through an immersive and practical curriculum encompassing core studies, music electives and complementary University breadth subjects. See for details.

Course Fee:

International: $106,340

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; VCE Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL; plus audition and musicianship test. For the audition to be at a competitive standard for entry into Composition, Musicology and Ethnomusicology or Music Performance, it is recommended that the repertoire students perform be at the equivalent standard of Grade 7 AMEB (Grade 8 ABRSM) on instrument, or Grade 5 AMEB for voice.


Students will complete 300 points of study, of which 225 points are taken as core studies in music. They must complete a minimum of 50 points (four subjects) as breadth, with the remaining 25 points (two subjects) taken as either breadth or core subjects. Depending on the area of specialisation, students will receive practical tuition through such activities as weekly individual instrumental, vocal or composition lessons, instrument classes, extensive solo and ensemble performance opportunities, and regular master classes with distinguished national and international artists and teachers.

Subjects you can Study:

Composition; Interactive Composition; Jazz and Improvisation; Musicology and Ethnomusicology; Music Performance.

Study Pathways:

An honours year of highly specialised music only study is also available. A range of graduate coursework and research music programs are also available in music therapy, performance teaching, orchestral performance, opera performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, music performance, jazz and improvisation, music psychology and performance science, and interactive composition. Program offerings range from graduate certificate to PhD, including intensive-mode professional development study options. There is also an opportunity as a music graduate to extend study across the University in areas such as arts management, marketing, humanities, teaching and law. The Melbourne Chancellor's Scholarship is available to high achievers.

Further information:

The Chancellor's Scholarship guarantees very high-achieving students a Commonwealth Supported Place or International Fee Place in the graduate program* of their choice, plus a range of other benefits complementing the Bachelor of Music. The guarantee includes the Juris Doctor (Law) and the Master of Teaching. No minimum Grade Point Average is required in your undergraduate degree. To be eligible, you must have completed an Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate in 2019 with an ATAR (or notional ATAR) of 99.85 or above and achieved an audition score of A+. Indigenous applicants must have achieved an ATAR (or notional ATAR) of 90.00 or above and an audition score of A+. This guarantee is subject to meeting any selection requirements as specified for the graduate program.

Accepts International Students:


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Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Parkville No info Yes Part time 6 years
Parkville No info Yes Full time 3 years
Southbank No info Yes Part time 6 years
Southbank No info Yes Full time 3 years
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Why study with us 

With a 160-year history of leadership in learning, teaching and research, the University of Melbourne has grown to be an internationally respected institution, consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading universities – number one in Australia and number 32 in the world*. 

The value of a Melbourne education is backed up by the fact we’re ranked sixth in the world for graduate employability by the well-regarded QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.


Facilities and services 

The Parkville campus, with new, state-of-the-art facilities springing up beside our heritage buildings, connects Australia’s leading health and biomedical precinct with our faculties and schools, while the Southbank campus – home to studies in fine arts, performance and music – is on the doorstep of the best museums, galleries, theatres and concert halls in Australia. 

Our regional campuses provide immersive experiences in specialty areas like veterinary medicine, agriculture, and forestry.

Alongside our industry-focused academics, there are internships and volunteering opportunities to give you real-world work experience and develop leadership qualities, while giving you the chance to contribute to the community.


Admission and Selection

The University of Melbourne’s Study website is a ready resource for everything you need to know about studying at Australia’s leading university. From eligibility requirements for domestic and international students and submitting an application through VTAC to applying for special entry schemes and scholarships, you’re set up for success from the get-go.


Study options 

Our approach means you can create your own study path based on your interests and abilities, but with flexibility to explore new options along the way. In a world where careers are changing fast and employers want analytical and adaptable thinking, this flexibility has never been more important. 

Our bachelor degrees are offered in: Agriculture, Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Design, Fine Arts, Music, Oral Health, and Science and cover more than 100 areas of study. Our professional graduate programs include architecture, criminology, education, engineering, finance, law, medicine, nursing, optometry, psychology, urban planning, veterinary medicine and many, many more. 

We’ve also introduced a new suite of courses that bundle your undergraduate degree with your graduate study. These Graduate Degree Packages mean you’ll have the assurance of a guaranteed graduate place at the time you receive your offer. 

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