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UAC codeN/A - Newcastle City
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.1 year full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 2 (19 Jul 2021), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (19 Jul 2021), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022),
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English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 6.0, IELTS section minimum - 6.0 Find out more about IELTS.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 030186C
Program Code10809
Selection Rank
N/A (Median SR)
Entry requirements

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

Program handbook


Graduates of the Bachelor of Music degree or equivalent program may undertake a further year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) study. The program is designed to allow students to specialise to an advanced level of professionalism and academic achievement. This degree further prepares students for careers in music as well as providing a pathway into Research Higher degree study.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines and knowledge of research principles and methods
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence
  • cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence
  • cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with advanced understanding in some areas
  • cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding
  • technical skills to design and use research in a project
  • communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with initiative and judgement in professional practice and/or scholarship
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
  • mastery of research methodology in music
  • mastery of advanced project planning skills
  • mastery of advanced written, oral and/or performance communication skills
  • advanced knowledge and understanding of music as a specialist area


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Program code10809
AQF level

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 1 year full-time.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian
Newcastle City PrecinctNANA

Find out more about Selection Ranks

Assumed knowledgeBachelor of Music (3 year degree) involving aural skills, musicianship, knowledge of notation and stylistic aspects of music relevant to their area of reserach; as well as practical experience in the student's field of specialisation.
Recommended studiesKnowledge of languages relevant to the student's specialisation; knowledge of music programs including Finale, ProTools (depending on student's area and needs).
Term typeSemesters
  • International students - AUD35,440 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
    Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code030186C

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed a Bachelor of Music or an equivalent program with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 (credit grade average) calculated from;

  • Across the entire degree program; or
  • Across a major in the proposed discipline of study, if the degree program includes such a major; or
  • Across 80 units of 3000 level courses (which must include at least 40 units of 3000 level courses in the major where a major exists); or
  • Where the applicant has completed less than 80 units at 3000 level, a GPA of 5.5 calculated from at least 60 units of 3000 level courses (which must include at least 40 units of 3000 level courses in the major where a major exists).

In exceptional circumstances, the above requirements may be varied with permission of the Head of School and Pro Vice-Chancellor.

Application for the Bachelor of Music (Honours) program is made directly to the University using the End–On Honours Application Form. Domestic applicants can apply by submitting the End-On Honours Application FormInternational applicants can apply by submitting the End-On Hours Application Form and the International Application Form

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Additional selection criteria

  • Auditions - Students who have a performance component in their research and have completed their undergraduate studies at another institution may be required to pass an audition.
  • Portfolio - Students who have a composition or technical production component will be required to submit a portfolio. Please contact your Program Convenor for more information.

Credit transfer

No credit permitted for Honours.

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

80 units

Program duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

This program requires the successful completion of 80 units of core courses.

Additional documents

Transition arrangements

Important information for students who commenced the program prior to 2021:

This program was revised for 2021, and amendments were made to the Core Course requirements. Please refer to the 2021 Transition Arrangements in the Additional Documents Section for more details.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CIND4001Introduction to Research and Creative Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units
CIND4002Research Methods and Planning
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units
CIND4003Honours Project 1
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units
CIND4004Honours Project 2
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units


The class of Honours awarded for Bachelor Honours Degrees will be determined in accordance with the Bachelor Honours Policy.

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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