Doctor of Philosophy - Fine Arts and Music

  • CRICOS code: 099323G
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Application Outcomes

The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music assesses applications in 2 rounds each year.

For courses which have mid-year entry applications are assessed in May and outcomes are generally sent out via email in late May or early June.

For courses which have start-year entry applications are assessed in October/November and outcomes are generally sent out via email in late November or December.

Supervisor Nomination

PhD Researchers have a supervisory panel including a Principal Supervisor who will be their primary contact and mentor throughout the course. You can find a potential research supervisor by reviewing the research interests and expertise of academic staff at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the Victorian College of the Arts or you can use the University Find an Expert pages.

It is advisable to contact potential supervisors prior to submitting a formal application. All submitted applications are assessed.

Prospective Enquiries

If you have any questions about making an application please contact the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.

Further information about Applications processes is available at the Future Students admissions and applications page.

Submit Your Application

Applications for courses and scholarships are submitted online. You can access the online admissions system here and there are answers to commonly asked questions here.

When searching for a course in the admissions system it is best to search by course code. Search for “DR-PHILFAM” to find the PhD – Fine Arts and Music. You will see various options and you need to choose the year you wish to commence along with the semester and whether you wish to study full time or part time.

All applicants for Graduate Research courses are automatically considered for Research Training Programme Scholarships and for Melbourne Research Scholarships. If you wish to apply for any other scholarships, such as the Fay Marles or Human Rights Scholarships, you will need to add these to your application. You can search for scholarships here:

You will be asked to identify your discipline area as part of the application.

Please ensure you include academic transcripts, research proposal, folio of creative works, proof of identity, evidence of English proficiency, previous publications and referees' reports with your application. Uploads must be 6MB or smaller, pdf files are preferred (see below if you need to forward material to the faculty direct).

Applications for commencement in the first half of the year close on 31 October in the year prior to intended commencement, and for commencement in the second half of the year, applications close on 30 April in the year you intend to commence.

Additional Requirements

Additional application material, such as folios, audition DVDs and the like can be submitted as follows:

  • Upload to the admissions system (Max 6MB, will only accept Word, Acrobat, Jpeg, Excel and Tif files)
  • Email to
  • Upload to a cloud service and email with the link
  • Send the folio or recorded audition direct to the faculty at:
    • Fine Arts and Music Graduate Research Admissions Faculty of Fine Arts and Music Research Office
      Southbank Campus
      University of Melbourne
      Victoria 3010
  • Hand your folio or recorded audition directly to the Research Office in the Old Police Hospital building on the corner of StKilda Rd and Southbank Bvde, enter the building and use the phone to ring the research office.

Please ensure you clearly write your name and the course you are applying for on the front of any submission.

Before you apply

  1. Check the degree website.
  2. Check the entry requirements and make sure you're eligible.
  3. Ensure you meet the University’s English language requirements.
  4. Identify if appropriate supervision is available.
  5. If you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, you may like to contact our Faculty’s Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development before proceeding. They can assist you with your application and provide you with additional information about your study options.
  6. Complete the Application for admission to graduate research degree candidature and scholarship form including appending the requested documentation such as Academic transcripts, CV and Referee Reports.
  7. Complete any additional requirements.
  8. Submit the application by the deadline.
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