Higher Degree Research programs

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) postgraduate research degrees are available.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Full-time Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students normally spend a minimum of three years at ANU, while part-time students spend up to six years. Candidates are normally required to submit a thesis of not more than 100,000 words and must meet the standard internationally recognised for the degree in the relevant discipline.

All PhD students must also complete 24 units of coursework during their enrolment, and are encouraged to select from the following courses:

ARTS8103 Research Design and Ethics

MUSI7003 The Scholar Musician 1

MUSI8001 The Scholar Musician 2

MUSI8011 Creative Practice as Research 

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Degrees of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) are designed for students who require an advanced research qualification, but who want a shorter degree program than the PhD. The MPhil program is offered on a full-time and part-time basis. It usually takes students between one and two years full-time, or between two and four years part-time, to complete.

Visit the ANU Higher Degree Research page for more information about HDR programs offered at ANU.

Specialised offerings in Music

The School of Music is a unique place to study. Its staff comprises outstanding professional practitioners and inspirational teachers. Our graduate fields of study include, but are not limited to:

  • Australian Indigenous music — Christopher Sainsbury
  • Composition — Ken Lampl, Natalie Williams, Christopher Sainsbury, Kim Cunio, Larry Sitsky
  • Ethnomusicology — Bonnie McConnell
  • Historical musicology — Paul McMahon, Mike Lee, Stephen Loy, Ji Young Kim
  • Music engagement and outreach — Paul McMahon, Susan West, Georgia Pike
  • Music technology — Ken Lampl, Samantha Bennett
  • Music theory and analysis — Mike Lee, Stephen Loy, Thomas Laue, Natalie Williams
  • Organology — Samantha Bennett
  • Performance studies — Paul McMahon, John Mackey, Mike Lee, Samantha Bennett, Sonya Lifschitz
  • Popular music — Ken Lampl, Samantha Bennett, Stephen Loy

Interested applicants should review the current Graduate research seminar schedule to gain an insight into the current research activity of School of Music staff and students.

More information

Prospective applicants should contact the HDR Convenor for more information.

E: hdrconvenor.som@anu.edu.au
T: +61 2 6125 5700

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HDR Fieldwork Policy

This policy applies to all HDR students enrolling from 2015.


Updated:  12 June 2013/Responsible Officer:  Head, School of Music/Page Contact:  Development Officer