Postgraduate research degrees in music can be taken at either a masters level or a doctoral level. The University of Sydney offers two doctoral degrees: a DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) and a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy). Doctoral degrees are the highest qualifications within the Australian Qualifications Framework. Your research will involve a thesis that explores a specific area in music, deeming you an expert in that field. Our supervising research staff are versed in a range of disciplines and will support the development of your research and communication skills.
Sydney Conservatorium of Music is one of Australia’s premier music research institutions.
All prospective students are encouraged to register for and attend a Preparing for a Research Degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Workshop before beginning the application process. The workshops discuss application procedures, what our selection panels are looking for in research proposals, ways in which you might seek to answer research questions through your artistic practice, and how to approach potential supervisors. Workshop participants should be prepared to talk about their research plans with other participants.