Honours specialisation


Application requirements


All applicants must meet the standard eligibility for the Bachelor of Music (Degree with Honours) in addition to the requirements below:

  • For University of Melbourne Bachelor of Music graduates with a result of at least H2A (75%) in the Bachelor of Music subject Composition 6.
  • For graduates of other institutions: Follow steps outlined in the How to Apply section of the Bachelor of Music (Degree with Honours) to complete an application. You will be required to submit a composition folio.

All applicants must submit a direct University application and a supplementary application form.

See standard eligibility requirements for degree

See how to apply for Bachelor of Music (Degree with Honours)

2023 Start Year Intake

Applications open 1 August 2022

Applications close 31 October 2022



Submit your folio via the supplementary application form, due Wednesday 16 November.

Folio Requirements

Composition applicants are required to submit a 20-minute folio of compositions and are not required to attend an interview. The folio should include:

  • Original works only (no arrangements or style-imitation).
  • At least one work must be a notated score.
  • At least one work must be written in the last two years.
  • Recordings of folio works

MIDI recordings are acceptable, however it is advisable to submit at least one example of a live or studio performance. Folio materials should be submitted in PDF and mp3 format.

For University of Melbourne Bachelor of Music graduates or potentially complete students: you will be asked to indicate your student status in the supplementary application form, which will determine whether a folio submission is required.

Personal Artistic Statement

This should be submitted in video format (approx. 90 second duration) addressing the following questions:

  • Who are your musical heroes?
  • What artistic ideals do you hold most passionately?
  • How might the Bachelor of Music Honours degree at MCM impact your artistic journey?
  • How do you envisage your artistic practice after graduation?
How will I be assessed?

Applicants will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • artistic conception
  • musical creativity
  • technique and craft
  • sonic effectiveness
  • potential for development of an original voice

Please note that all applicants will be ranked based on the above criteria, up to the capacity of places within the course.

Audition/interview requirements

Applicants are not required to attend an interview.