Philosophy (Music Performance)


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
Duration: 4 years (full time), 8 years (part time)
Start date: Throughout the year
Qualification: Doctor of Philosophy (Music Performance)

Information about fees


This practice based 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 at Monash is consistently ranked among the best music schools in Australia according to data provided by the Australian Research Council and the 'Group of Eight' consortium of research-intensive Australian universities.  The School has a long history of collaborative research and currently work with musicians and scholars from Asia, Europe and North and South America.

In the PhD (Music Performance) you will complete a thesis component consisting of a live performance of up to 120 minutes and a critical commentary of 25 – 30,000 words. 

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


Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (Music Performance) will require one of the following qualifications in music performance or a related field as well as substantial documented professional experience in the field:

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

Applicants will be required to perform a 30 minute audition followed by a 30 minute interview. In the case of overseas or interstate applicants, a video recording of a performance will be accepted for consideration in lieu of an audition. The audition process requires the nomination of two referees who can comment on the applicant's academic training as well as performance abilities.

Applicants must also submit evidence of practical work in the field which will include the following:

1. A representative selection of the applicant's performance work, in the practice genre in which the applicant proposes to work (i.e. audio and/or visual recordings and performance highlights).

2. A research proposal of 2-3 pages addressing the following headings;

 i. Research question

ii. Background to the research

iii. Aims of the research

iv. Methodologies of the research

v. Examples of comparative practice as research and associated literature

vi. Proposed structure of the performance project

3. A cover letter explaining the applicant's interest in the degree and a curriculum vitae outlining the applicant's professional interests, previous performance projects, and publications, if any.

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: 4088

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