Courses & Units

Course rules for F6L Graduate Diploma of Music (Specialisation)


1 [i] In these Specifications 'Faculty' means the Faculty of Arts acting on the advice of the Faculty's Teaching and Learning Committee.

[ii] The Faculty may accept as a candidate for the award of Graduate Diploma of Music (Specialization) any of the following:

(a) an applicant who has qualified for admission to a bachelor degree in Music in the University of Tasmania;

(b) an applicant who holds a degree of another university or tertiary institution approved by the Faculty for this purpose, and who is deemed by the Faculty to be equivalent to a candidate in paragraph (a);

(c) in exceptional circumstances a person who holds a tertiary qualification and whose employment experience indicates a level of knowledge and skill deemed by the Faculty to be sufficient to complete the course satisfactorily

2 Candidates for the award shall complete the award requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than 2 semesters of full-time study (or its equivalent) and not more than 2 calendar years of part-time study, from the time of first enrolment.

Course Structure

3 To qualify for the award, the candidate shall:

  • pass a total of units comprising 100%:
    1. a compulsory core of study (62.5%) in one of five specializations performance, cabaret, composition, musicology or orchestral studies;
    2. and 3 elective units offered within the Faculty
  • as outlined in the Schedule
  • and undertake such practical exercises/experience as may be required to satisfy the award requirements.

4 The units that may be included in a course for the award shall, unless otherwise approved by the dean, be in accordance with the Schedules accompanying these specifications.

5 Units may be counted towards the award only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Faculty of Arts and as summarised in the Schedule for the award.

6 A candidate normally may not enrol in any semester in units totalling more than 50% weighting or if the candidate is in full-time employment during any given Semester, more than 25% weighting.

7 Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the award.

8 In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the dean in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3.

Credit for previous studies

9 Passes in subjects or units in other honours or postgraduate courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the award, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the award.


10 The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedules to these specifications.

11 These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2010 and shall apply to all candidates for the award, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently and to any candidates who, having commenced their studies for the Graduate Diploma of Music prior to that date, have not passed in any units towards those degrees by that date.

12 Candidates who have passed in appropriate units towards the Graduate Diploma of Music degree under the specifications in force prior to 1 January 2010 will be entitled to transfer to the Graduate Diploma of Music (Specialization) with full equivalent credit, or to graduate in accordance with those degree specifications operating at the time of their admission to candidature.

13 The approved abbreviation for the award/degree of Graduate Diploma of Music (Specialization) shall be GradDipMus(Spec).