Honours specialisation



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 an academic elective subject at third-year level in the Bachelor of Music.
  • For graduates of other institutions, you will be required to submit an academic writing sample.

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

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.

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

Academic Writing Sample


Applicants are required to submit an academic writing sample via the supplementary application form by the application closing date.

Musicology and Ethnomusicology applicants are required to submit an academic writing sample of 2000-3000 words, written within the last five years.  The writing sample should:

  • Demonstrate the applicant’s ability to communicate in scholarly prose.
  • Demonstrate awareness of recent literature in the field of the essay's topic.
  • Include a bibliography, discography, and/or list of ethnographic interviews as appropriate.
  • References should follow a recognisable Style Manual such as the Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition (either the note/footnote system or author/date).
  • Writing samples may be a research paper, ethnographic report or proposal, literature review, or other genres of academic writing.


interview requirements

Applicants applying from outside the field of Musicology or Ethnomusicology (e.g. Art History, Cultural Studies, or Anthropology) may be required to attend an online interview.