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BA Musicology/Ethnomusicology (Part-Time)

Catalog id : 058837J
 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Part Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

15000 AUD
15000 AUD

Application fee

International 29 AUD
National 29 AUD
Faculty of Music
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)79
SAT (avg)577

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About this course

  • Musicology asks why we like music, how it functions and what it means. It examines not only music but also music-making within its social and cultural environment. Ethnomusicology seeks to understand how and why current music-making in a global context is meaningful to its makers, owners and communities. 
  • During your studies, you will develop knowledge, skills and practices that provide a basis for independent critical enquiry and research-based writing, as well as the ability and self-confidence to comprehend and present complex concepts.
  • The Musicology/Ethnomusicology specialisation offers you a highly flexible course structure, with opportunities to blend academic and performance-based activities through participation in ensemble and chamber-music activities.
  • It can also also offer a pathway to specialised study at honours or graduate level.


This specialisation can be your pathway to a range of employment options within a musical portfolio career, including:

  • Music administrator
  • Music critic or reviewer
  • Music editor
  • Music educator
  • Music journalist
  • Music researcher
  • Social and cultural policy consultant.

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Eligibility Criteria

Qualification                                                                     Prerequisite Subjects   

  • VCE (units 3 and 4)                                       -  A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma          -  English
  • GCE A Levels/Singapore A Levels                     -  At least Grade C in an accepted AS Level English subject
  • Trinity College Foundation Studies                    -  EAP (a score of at least 50%) and English, History of Ideas (Adv), Music, best 4 score of 67.


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Course Modules


Practical Music 

Music History 1: Monteverdi to Mozart

Music Elective/sELECTIVE

Breadth ElectiveELECTIVE


Practical Music 2

Music Language 1: the Diatonic World

Music Elective/sELECTIVE

Breadth ElectiveELECTIVE


Music History 2: C19th Music and Ideas

Musics of the WorldELECTIVE

Music Elective/sELECTIVE

Breadth ElectiveELECTIVE


  • Music Language 2: Chromaticism & Beyond
  • Music Elective/sELECTIVE
  • Breadth ElectiveELECTIVE


  • Music History 3:Impressionism to Present
  • Music ResearchELECTIVE
  • Music ElectiveELECTIVE
  • Music OR Breadth Elective/s


  • Music Elective/sELECTIVE
  • Music Elective/sELECTIVE
  • Music OR Breadth Elective/sELECTIVE
  • Music OR Breadth Elective/s

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How to Apply

Studying Year 12 in Australia

  • You should apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Full details about the VTAC application process can be found on the VTAC website. Through VTAC, you can list up to 12 course preferences. You should list courses in your order of preference with the course of greatest interest listed first. Be sure that your application is finalised by the VTAC due dates.
  • If you have previously applied to the University of Melbourne via VTAC but were not offered a place or were offered but never enrolled, you should apply as a new student.
  • If you're studying interstate, you can find more specific application information for your state in one of our application flyers: NSW/ACT QLD SA TAS WA

Current University of Melbourne international students

  • If you're an international student currently studying at the University of Melbourne and you wish to transfer to another University of Melbourne course, you must submit your transfer application via the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Be sure that your application is finalised by the VTAC due dates.

All other international students

  • You can apply online using our e-application.
  • Please ensure your application is received by us before the relevant deadline. An application fee of AUD$100 applies. This fee is non-refundable.
  • Alternatively, if you would prefer to apply in person in your own country, we have a number of overseas representatives in a variety of countries. Search our list of overseas representatives to find one near you.
  • If you have accepted an offer from another institution in Australia, been granted a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) and want to transfer to the University of Melbourne within the first six months of study you will need a letter of release from that institution. Please see our International Student Transfer Policy for more details.
  • International Baccalaureate and US Advanced Placement students
  • You can choose to have your IB or AP results sent directly to the University as soon as they are released. Please make sure you advise us in your application if you have authorised the release of your results.
  • University of Melbourne AP institution code: 9015
  • University of Melbourne IB institution code: 002406

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