Philosophy (Music Composition)


Note Please note: This information is based on the 2015 course. We are in the process of updating for 2016, and the information will be available shortly.

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At a glance

For students looking to begin study in 2016.

Course Details

Location(s): On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
Off-campus: Full time & part time
Duration: 3-4 years (full time), 6-8 years (part time)
Start date: Throughout the year
Qualification: Doctor of Philosophy (Music Composition)

Information about fees


This PhD program offered in the Faculty of Arts enables you to complete extensive, independent research on your agreed chosen topic, while supported by a minimum of two academic supervisors, in a stimulating, supportive and professional environment.

Monash Arts is renowned for its high quality research and The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music offers one of Australia's most innovative and comprehensive music composition programs.  The School conceives of music composition as an art form embracing any musical style, and as a form of research characterised by exploration and reflective practice.

The PhD in music composition allows for composers to develop a research-based composition folio that makes an independent and original contribution to knowledge. In consultation with the supervisor, you will plan and develop a substantial, research-based original composition folio consisting of musical scores and sound recordings, as well as a written critical commentary.

Along with the research component, you will also complete a series of research training activities or coursework to support your research focus from the Theatre, performance and music PhD program. These discipline-specific and professional development activities are designed to impart skills and knowledge that will assist you in conducting your research.

Speciality course

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum entry requirements


The minimum qualifications for admission to 100% research master's candidature are:

  • a four year Australian and New Zealand bachelor's degree with a minimum overall result of H2A (a mark of 70 or above) normally with a research component in the fourth year; or
  • an Australian and New Zealand master's preliminary qualification with a significant research component and with aminimum overall result of H2A (a mark of 70 or above); or
  • an Australian and New Zealand coursework master's degree with a significant research component graded at a minimum of Distinction (a mark of 70 or above), and a minimum overall result of Distinction (a mark of 70 or above); or
  • an Australian and New Zealand research master's degree with a minimum overall result of H2A (a mark of 70 or above); or
  • qualifications or experience that the Graduate Research Committee considers to be equivalent to, or a satisfactory substitute for, the above.

Note: If the above qualification was obtained wihtout the completion of composition units at honours or master's qualifying levels, applicants need to demonstrate their ability to compose through the submission of at least two original musical works to the satisfaction of the relevant Program Director.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Applications for this course can be accepted at anytime.

Applications for this course are submitted via the research degree and scholarship online application form.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: 4067

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Domestic fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.

Fees to be advised.

Research Training Scheme (RTS)

RTS places are available to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

Note: Fees for courses offered in Malaysia and South Africa will differ from those shown here.


We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

For more information visit the faculty website