The School of Music provides opportunities for individual postgraduate students to undertake research projects and produce new knowledge and expertise in various fields, including music performance, composition, musicology, and music education.

Higher Degree by Research students play a vital part in the life of the School, not only through their research, but also through participation in concerts, seminars and other events, and contributions to undergraduate teaching.

What Can I Study?

The School of Music offers higher degrees by research in the following programs:

We also offer specialist programs in the following fields of study:

How Do I Apply?

  1. Check that you have the qualifications required to start a research degree and that you meet the University's English language proficiency requirements.
  2. Decide what field of music and research project you are interested in doing.
  3. Contact potential research advisors at the School of Music and discuss your proposed research project.
  4. If your potential advisors are interested in your research project, complete your online application for admission, attaching a completed expression of interest and two completed and signed referee reports.
  5. The Research & Higher Degrees by Research Committee will review your application, expression of interest, and referee reports.

If you wish to commence in Research Quarter Three, July 2018, please complete your online application by Monday 26 February 2018 so that the Committee can consider your expression of interest at its meeting in early March 2018.

If you wish to commence in Research Quarter One, January 2019, please complete your online application by Monday 27 August 2018 so that the Committee can consider your expression of interest at its meeting in early September 2018. If possible, please complete your online application earlier, so that it can be considered at the May or July meetings of the Committee: this will give you time to revise your application if asked to do so in time for consideration by the September meeting.

The Graduate School website provides full details of the application process, including information about scholarships and enrolment fees.

Applicants for the specialist program in Performance are usually required to sit a live audition: exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who are unable to audition in person or who wish to audition before deciding whether to apply for a place at The University of Queensland may be granted permission by the School to submit an unedited audio-visual recording of their audition program on DVD.

Applicants for the specialist program in Composition are usually required to submit a folio of existing creative work: exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.