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.

See standard eligibility requirements for degree

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

2022 Start Year Intake

Applications open 2 August 2021

Applications close 31 October 2021

2022 Mid-Year Intake

Applications open March 2022

Academic Writing Sample


Submit your academic writing sample via the supplementary application form by Monday 22 November 2021 (for the Start Year 2022 intake).

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.


Audition/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.


Applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee payable via the supplementary application.

Please note that some domestic applicants may be eligible for a waiver of the supplementary application fee if you are a Health Care Cardholder or have special circumstances.

For persons who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, the supplementary application fee will be waived. Please contact the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development for assistance.

If you believe you are eligible for a waiver of the supplementary application fee, please contact the faculty via the Enquire Now button (located on the How to Apply page) prior to submitting your supplementary application form, and include a scanned copy of the relevant documentation as evidence of your eligibility.