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, email your completed expression of interest and two completed and signed referee reports to
  5. The Research & Higher Degrees by Research Committee will review your expression of interest.
  6. If you are advised that the Committee has accepted your expression of interest, complete your online application for admission. Please do not start your online application until you have been advised that the Committee has accepted your expression of interest.

Expressions of interest to commence in Research Quarter Three, July 2017, have now closed and will be considered at the April 2017 meeting of the Committee.

Applicants wishing to commence in Research Quarter One, January 2018, must submit their expression of interest for consideration by the Committee at its meeting in August 2017: for this to occur, your expression of interest must be received at, complete and with all required supporting documents, by Monday 10 July 2017.

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.