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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Specialisations

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

  • Composition

    Candidates complete a self-directed program of study that includes a high level of engagement with music scholarship within the context of a conservatorium and lively community of musicians in Adelaide. Candidates will work closely with one or more supervisors.

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

    • the capability to conduct research independently at a high level of originality, quality and creativity
    • the demonstration of a deep understanding of the field of study leading to a significant and original 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 75 minutes duration (including a major work of 30 minutes duration) and an Exegesis of 10,000 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 exegesis are examined as a package by examiners who are external to the University.

  • Ethnomusicology/Musicology

    Candidates complete a self-directed program of study that includes a high level of engagement with music scholarship within the context of a conservatorium and lively community of musicians in Adelaide. Candidates will work closely with one or more supervisors.

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

    • an original contribution to the knowledge of the discipline
    • the demonstration of independent critical analysis
    • the demonstration of a broad contextual knowledge of the particular musical field

    The program of study culminates in the submission of a thesis as defined by the University PhD rules.

  • Music Education

    Candidates complete a self-directed program of study that includes a high level of engagement with music scholarship within the context of a conservatorium and lively community of musicians in Adelaide. Candidates will work closely with one or more supervisors.

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

    • an original contribution to the knowledge of the discipline
    • the demonstration of independent critical analysis
    • the demonstration of a broad contextual knowledge of the particular musical field

    The program of study culminates in the submission of a thesis as defined by the University PhD rules.

  • Music Performance

    The PhD in Music Performance would be suitable for the following musicians:

    • Mature age candidates wishing to investigate a major repertoire area
    • Graduates who wish to enhance their academic or professional standing
    • Orchestral musicians wishing to focus upon solo and/or chamber repertoire

    Candidates complete a self-directed program of study that includes a high level of engagement with music scholarship within the context of a conservatorium and lively community of musicians in Adelaide. Candidates will work closely with one or more supervisors. It should be noted that the program does not involve weekly one-to-one practical tuition, although feedback on performance will be provided as part of the regular supervisory process.

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

    • a close integration of performance activity with scholarly investigation and reflection
    • an original contribution to the knowledge of the discipline
    • the production of original performances
    • the demonstration of independent critical analysis
    • the demonstration of a broad contextual knowledge of the particular musical field

    The program of study culminates in the submission of four CD recordings (60 minutes each) and an Exegesis of 15,000 words.

    The Exegesis is intended to provide a commentary on the ways in which the research has underpinned the recorded performances. It should also demonstrate how the submission as a whole represents an original contribution to knowledge.

    The recordings and exegesis are examined as a package by examiners who are external to the University.

  • Sonic Arts

    Candidates complete a self-directed program of study that includes a high level of engagement with music scholarship within the context of a conservatorium and lively community of musicians in Adelaide. Candidates will work closely with one or more supervisors.

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

    • the capability to conduct research independently at a high level of originality, quality and creativity
    • the demonstration of an understanding of the field of study leading to a significant and original 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 75 minutes duration (or equivalent) including a major work and an Exegesis of 10,000 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 exegesis 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 4 years full-time OR 8 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 Master degree in Music or professional 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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