Science and Music - S2005

Though you may not think that music and science go together, there is a wonderful synergy between the passion for creating music and a love of scientific knowledge.  Choosing between the two can be hard so why not make the most of your talents and study both science and music in a double degree course.

With this course, your knowledge of human biology may help you unravel the physiological response that music creates. Your knowledge of physics or mathematics could help you create great music, perhaps as you specialise in creative music technology.

This course leads to two separate degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Music

You will gain all the benefits of each degree course (see Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Music) and be fully equipped to pursue a career in either field separately or to combine the two in your chosen work. Physics, mathematics and music have been related for millennia in the art and science of acoustics but the links are much more extensive. The latest developments in physics, psychology, human biology, information science and statistical analysis all give us new answers to ancient questions about music - what it is, why we make it, how we make it, why we listen to it and how it is changing. Whether your music specialisation is in Music performance, Composition and music technology or Popular music, a broad understanding of science will illuminate and enrich the experience.

And if your main focus is science, music expertise will offer interesting opportunities not available to everyone - perhaps working on treatments for auditory conditions or mapping sound to interaction.

The research into the possibilities of music is also ongoing and creating new jobs dedicated to the many effects of music, music perception or the performance and technical underpinnings of instruments. Alternatively you could combine your knowledge of physics, mathematics and computing to become a sound engineer.

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At a glance

Subject prerequisites
English Maths Sciences / Other
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Course Details

Location
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
Duration
  • 4 years (full time)
  • 8 years (part time)
Start date
First Semester (February)
Qualification
Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements (Domestic students)

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this course.

Qualifications

Equivalent Australian Year 12

Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course based on your prior studies, use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

Extra requirements for Science:

Not applicable

Extra requirements for Music:

Applicants must complete an audition/composition submission. For more information refer to audition information.

For further information please call 1800 MONASH(666 274).

The course structure can be viewed in the Handbook. You can also view the course map.

Making the application

Future students

Note: Please make sure you read the extra requirements before you apply.

Semester one (February)

Applications for on campus studies should be made online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre

Apply through VTAC

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

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

A$8301

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

Full fee

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

A$38,800

Scholarships

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 fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.