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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely. 

About this course

The Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music is designed to extend your technical mastery of your instrument or voice while deepening your knowledge of repertoire and performance practice.

The course may be taken in any of the Conservatorium's instrumental areas, including orchestral and solo instruments, early music and jazz.

Subject areas
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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

  1. Click apply above to make a course application
  2. Take note of the application number (IPU or student ID)
  3. Register an audition using your application number via the Sydney Conservatorium of Music website.

Please make sure you follow the specific audition requirements found in the postgraduate audition requirements PDF on the right hand side of the Conservatorium's admission website.

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 30 November

Semester 2 - 3 August

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited.

Please check the scholarships website for separate closing dates.  

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

Semester 2 (August)

International applicants may apply directly to the University's International Office or through a University overseas representative (education agent).

  1. Click apply above to make a course application
  2. Take note of the application number (IPU or student ID)
  3. Register an audition using your application number via the Sydney Conservatorium of Music website.

Please make sure you follow the specific audition requirements found in the postgraduate audition requirements PDF on the right hand side of the Conservatorium's admission website

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 30 November

Semester 2 - 3 August

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

Semester 2 (August)

Research areas

The required units of study for this award indicate the practical focus placed on performance as both a soloist and member of a musical ensemble. Students are required to complete MCGY5610 Research Skills for Music Performance as part of their first year.

Applying for admission

  1. Submit an online application direct to the University of Sydney by clicking apply from this page. International applicants can apply through a University overseas representative (education agent) if they wish.
  2. Take note of the application number (IPU or student ID)
  3. Register an audition using your application number via the Sydney Conservatorium of Music website.

Entry is by audition, which is held at the Conservatorium. If you are unable to attend in person, you may upload a video audition in the audition application.

Please make sure you follow the specific audition requirements found in the postgraduate audition requirements PDF located on the right hand side of the Conservatorium's admission website.  

Completion requirement

To qualify for the award of the Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance) a candidate must complete 48 credit points, including:

(a) 42 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) six credit points of elective units of study.

Capstone (compulsory project)

The candidature culminates in a 50 minute public recital.

Assumed knowledge

Applicants who do not have a recognised tertiary award but who demonstrate an equivalent musical ability and maturity at the audition and interview, and who can show considerable performing experience may be admitted.

Admission requirement

Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance) requires:

(a) a bachelor's degree of higher award from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification in an appropriate discipline as determined by the School; or

(b) a graduate certificate from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification in an appropriate discipline as determined by the School; or

(c) completion of the requirements of an embedded graduate certificate in an appropriate discipline, as determined by the School, from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification; or

(d) in exceptional circumstances the Head of School and Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the Conservatorium, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award; and

(e) successful completion of an audition.

Career pathways & prospects
Future study options

Career Pathways

Graduates reach the levels of excellence demanded by the music profession, and are prepared for careers as performing soloists, chamber musicians and orchestral/ensemble players.

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