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Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Specialisations

The following specialisations are available for study in the Master of Philosophy:

  • Composition

    Candidates complete a program of study that includes development of compositions skills within a broad academic context. They will have the opportunity to engage with the lively community of musicians in Adelaide. Candidates will work closely with one or more supervisors with feedback on compositions provided as part of the regular supervisory process.

    It is expected that the outcomes of the research will include:

    • the capability to conduct research independently
    • the demonstration of an understanding of the field of study leading to a contribution to knowledge of the discipline
    • the ability to communicate research significance clearly and concisely with audiences at all levels and to demonstrate its relevance to the broader community through a variety of media - including through publication, performance, portfolios of works
    • the close integration of composition activity and scholarly research
    • the production of material worthy of publication and public dissemination whether performance, creative works or scholarly articles.

    The program of study culminates in the submission of a Portfolio of Compositions of 60 minutes duration and an Exegesis of 7500 words.

    The Exegesis is intended to provide a commentary on the ways in which the development of the portfolio is underpinned by the research and should demonstrate how the submission as a whole represents a contribution to knowledge.

    The portfolio and exegisis are examined as a package by examiners who are external to the University.

  • Ethnomusicology/Musicology

    Candidates complete a program of study that includes the study of music within a broad academic context. They will have the opportunity to engage with the lively community of musicians in Adelaide. Candidates will work closely with two or more supervisors. Feedback on the research project will be provided as part of the regular supervisory process. In addition, students are also required to complete two research papers.

    It is expected that the outcomes of the program of study will demonstrate:

    • a thorough understanding of the relevant methodology as demonstrated by a detailed critical review of the literature
    • competence through judicious selection and application of appropriate methods to yield meaningful results
    • the capacity to evaluate critically these results and present a clear and well written thesis
    • a contribution to knowledge of a quantum and quality consistent with 1-2 years of full time study and supervised research training after an Honours degree or equivalent.

    The program of study culminates in the submission of a thesis for examination by two external examiners

  • Music Education

    Candidates complete a program of study that includes the study of music within a broad academic context. They will have the opportunity to engage with the lively community of musicians in Adelaide. Candidates will work closely with two or more supervisors. Feedback on the research project will be provided as part of the regular supervisory process.

    It is expected that the outcomes of the research will include:

    • a thorough understanding of the relevant methodology as demonstrated by a detailed critical review of the literature
    • competence through judicious selection and application of appropriate methods to yield meaningful results
    • the capacity to evaluate critically these results and presented a clear and well written thesis
    • a contribution to knowledge of a quantum and quality consistent with 1-2 years of full time study and supervised research training after an Honours degree or equivalent.

    The program of study culminates in the submission of a thesis for examination by two external examiners

  • Music Performance

    Candidates complete a program of study that includes performance within a broad academic context. They will have the opportunity to engage with the lively community of musicians in Adelaide. Candidates will work closely with two or more supervisors. The program involves weekly one to one practical tuition sessions during the semester. Feedback on performance work and the research project will be provided as part of the regular supervisory process.

    It is expected that the outcomes of the research will include:

    • a thorough understanding of the medium of performance as demonstrated by consistent technical accomplishment at an advanced level
    • demonstrated mastery of the discipline which results in advanced interpretative achievement and a performance that is suitable for public dissemination at a professional level
    • demonstrated competence through judicious selection and application of appropriate methods to yield meaningful results
    • an individual creative view of the repertoire consistent with one to two years of full time study and supervised research training after an Honours degree or equivalent
    • a clear and convincing presentation in the exegesis of key conceptual issues underpinning the interpretations.

    The program of study culminates in the submission of CD recordings of two 60 minute public recitals (120 mins total) and an Exegesis of 5000 words.

    The Exegesis is intended to provide a commentary on the ways in which the development of the portfolio is underpinned by the research and should demonstrate how the submission as a whole represents a contribution to knowledge.

    The portfolio and exegisis are examined as a package by examiners who are external to the University.

  • Pedagogy

    Candidates complete a program of study that includes the study of music within a broad academic context. They will have the opportunity to engage with the lively community of musicians in Adelaide. Candidates will work closely with two or more supervisors. Feedback on the research project will be provided as part of the regular supervisory process.

    It is expected that the outcomes of the research will include:

    • a thorough understanding of the relevant methodology as demonstrated by a detailed critical review of the literature
    • competence through judicious selection and application of appropriate methods to yield meaningful results
    • the capacity to evaluate critically these results and presented a clear and well written thesis
    • a contribution to knowledge of a quantum and quality consistent with 1-2 years of full time study and supervised research training after an Honours degree or equivalent.

    The program of study culminates in the submission of a thesis for examination by two external examiners

  • Sonic Arts

    Candidates complete a program of study that includes development of composition skills and applications of Music Technology within a broad academic context. They will have the opportunity to engage with the lively community of musicians in Adelaide. Candidates will work closely with one or more supervisors with feedback on portfolio development provided as part of the regular supervisory process.

    It is expected that the outcomes of the research will include:

    • the capability to conduct research independently
    • the demonstration of an understanding of the field of study leading to a contribution to knowledge of the discipline
    • the ability to communicate research significance clearly and concisely with audiences at all levels and to demonstrate its relevance to the broader community through a variety of media - including through publication, performance, portfolios of works
    • the close integration of music technology and scholarly research.
    • the production of material worthy of publication and public dissemination whether performance, creative works or scholarly articles.

    The program of study culminates in the submission of a Portfolio of works of 60 mins duration and/or related material and an Exegesis of 7500 words.

    The Exegesis is intended to provide a commentary on the ways in which the development of the portfolio is underpinned by the research and should demonstrate how the submission as a whole represents a contribution to knowledge.

    The portfolio and exegisis are examined as a package by examiners who are external to the University.

Duration and Structure

The duration of the Master of Philosophy is normally 2 years full-time OR 4 years part-time. The University requires completion of the Core Component of the Structured Program (CCSP) usually in the first six months (full-time) of candidature. This includes compulsory attendance at University, Faculty and School inductions and the development of a detailed Research Proposal and timeline for study.

International students must also undertake the Integrated Bridging Program. The IBP is designed to introduce new international students to the academic, social and cultural conventions of study at the University of Adelaide.

Remote Candidature

Please note that the Conservatorium does not normally accept applications for Remote Candidature. The Conservatorium will, however, negotiate residency requirements for interstate or international candidates on a case-by-case basis.


Eligibility and Honours Equivalence

Applicants should hold an Honours degree (2A or higher) or equivalent.

If an applicant does not hold an Honours degree, the Committee will consider, on a case by case basis, a request for consideration of Honours equivalence. The applicant should provide a separate statement and include evidence that helps the Committee to assess whether the applicant has research experience equivalent to one year's study in the Honours programs in Music e.g. extended research project (10,000-15,000 words) or publications, professional recordings or performance experience in professional ensembles, commissions for compositions or other awards.


Further information

For further information please contact the Head of Postgraduate Programs.


Applying for Entry

For information on: application process, research proposal, offers & enrolment and fees & scholarships, please visit the Adelaide Graduate Centre website.

 

Additional / Supporting Materials
Applicants should provide the following additional materials:

  • Details of research training: What research training have you already had and what further training might you require? Please provide evidence of previous research experience, e.g. Masters or Honours level research paper.
  • Performance evidence: Please provide evidence of performance skills, if relevant (e.g. CD recording).

Any additional materials must be submitted to:

Associate Professor Kimi Coaldrake
Associate Director Postgraduate Research Programs

Elder Conservatorium of Music
Level 9 Schulz Building

University of Adelaide
SA 5005

Applicants must also email the Associate Director Postgraduate Research Programs to advise that these materials have been sent.

 

Selection
Applications for admission are considered by the School's Selection Committee. Members of the Committee include:

  • Associate Professor Kimi Coaldrake (Associate Director Postgraduate Research Programs)
  • Professor Charles Bodman Rae
  • Professor Mark Carroll
  • Professor Graeme Koehne
     

Selection Criteria
The following criteria are used by the Postgraduate Selection Committee in their deliberations:

  • General: Academic record; Specialist area record e.g. audition material or portfolio; Other specialist activities
  • Research proposal: Research proposal question and outcomes; Research experience
  • Supervisor availability: Principal; Co-Supervisor
  • Resources: Specialist equipment; Tuition (1:1)
  • Special circumstances, e.g. Honours equivalence
     

Assessment Criteria for Research Proposal
Applications that meet the following criteria are acceptable for an offer:

  • Shows clear, valid research question and process in terms of intellectual conception and practical application to submission outcome e.g. repertoire performance; folio of compositions or standard thesis.
  • Demonstrates an engagement with existing commentaries of the discipline.
  • Demonstrates good writing skills.
  • Has the potential to make original contribution if PhD, or contribution to discipline if Masters.
  • Is achievable within three years (fulltime) for PhD, or 18 months for Masters.
  • The proposal matches the skill set of academic and specialist areas.

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SA 5005 AUSTRALIA

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