Courses & Units

Course rules for F7K Master of Music Studies


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

[ii] The College may accept as a candidate for the award of Master of Music Studies 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 College for this purpose, and who is deemed by the College 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 College 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 3 semesters of full-time study (or its equivalent) and not more 3 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 150%:
    1. a compulsory core of study totalling a minimum of 75% in one of five specialisations: performance, cabaret, composition, musicology or orchestral studies;
    2. either a major research project unit weighted at 50% or a third unit of major study in composition or performance (25%) and two music electives (25%);
    3. 1- 3 elective units offered within the Faculty, (number dependent upon major stream)
  • 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 College 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 study

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 College may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the award.


10 The College 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 Master 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 Master of Music degree under the specifications in force prior to 1 January 2010 will be entitled to transfer to the Master of Music Studies with full equivalent credit, or to graduate in accordance with those degree specifications operating at the time of their admission to candidature.

13 The examination of the research project shall be conducted by at least two examiners appointed by the College.

14 After considering the reports of the examiners of the research project and reports from assessors of the candidate's performance in the remaining sections of the course, the College shall decide whether the candidate merits the award of the degree or, if not:

(a) whether the candidate should present an oral defense of the research project or submit an amended research project, or both, within such further period as the College may determine, after which the College shall then decide upon the award of the degree, or

(b) whether the candidate should be awarded the Graduate Diploma.

15 The approved abbreviation for the award/degree of Master of Music Studies shall be MMusSt.