Music - A3702


Bachelor degree (honours year)

Building on your expertise in performance, composition, ethnomusicology or musicology Music Honours is a prestigious program comprising a fourth year of coursework and research.  You will have already completed an undergraduate degree with outstanding results, with a major in the relevant area in Music.

The program will integrate the development of practical skills (for those completing studies in performance or composition) with theoretical knowledge, culminating in advanced research training in your chosen field.

With extended knowledge in your chosen field, together with advanced skills in research, analysis, writing and other forms of communication, Honours will provide you with an advantage in seeking out professional roles.

You will choose a topic and undertake research working with a carefully selected supervisor who will provide you with individual guidance and academic counselling as you build your skills of research, analysis, writing and other forms of communication, as well as your practical skills.  You will complete advanced coursework studies, attend or present at seminars, perform or compose and participate in other related activities.  Completion of the Honours program will be via the completion and assessment of a thesis, which may also include a major creative work or series of works, a performance or a written critical commentary, and a related research paper.

You will be equipped to find employment in a broad range of occupations including the arts industry, librarianship, administration, business, government and private sectors, or in an educational context. Or you may wish to undertake further research study at the Masters or PhD level.

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time
  • 1 year (full time)
Start date First Semester (February)
Qualification Bachelor of Music (Honours)
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (International students)


Successful completion of an Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) including a major in their chosen Music discipline with a distinction grade average (70 percent) or above in 24 points of studies in relevant Music discipline units at level three.

Monash double degree students:
Applicants who are enrolled in a Monash double degree and who have not yet completed the requirements for the double qualification must have completed 144 points of study, including the normal requirements for the Bachelor degree containing the Music discipline.

Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

English entry requirements

Level A
IELTS: 6.5 overall (no band lower than 6.0) TOEFL Paper-based test: 550 with a TWE of 4.5 TOEFL Internet-based test: score of 79 overall with minimum scores: Writing: 21, Listening: 12, Reading: 13 and Speaking: 18 Equivalent approved English test

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Alternative entry pathways

Multiple pathways to this course

There are many ways to gain entry to a course at Monash. If you don't meet our entry requirements, there are pathways to help. More about alternative pathways...

Additionally, we recognise that some applicants may have experienced difficulties that have disadvantaged them when applying for university. We offer a range of special admissions schemes that may help you gain entry to your chosen course.More about special admissions schemes...

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Application for current/former students

Apply directly to Monash using this course code A3702.

Application for external students

Apply directly via the eAdmissions online portal using this course code A3702.

Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

International fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.



We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.

Enrolment Obligations

International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than one third (33%) of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students must enrol in at least one unit that is not by distance and/or online in each compulsory study period unless the student is completing the last unit of their course. See standard 8.19 and 8.20 of National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.

CRICOS code: 084610A

This course consists of a combination of coursework and research. In the coursework component you will develop advanced theoretical and/or technical knowledge of your music specialisation and appropriate research methodologies. In the research component you will plan and execute a research project in your area of music specialisation under the individual guidance of an academic supervisor. Ethnomusicology and musicology students produce a thesis. Music composition and Creative music technology students produce two portfolios of original creative work and an exegesis. Music Performance students will produce two recitals and program notes.

Honours is available in: Ethnomusicology and Musicology, Composition and music technology and Music Performance.