Student Research

Student research at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music includes creative work in performance and composition, and music-related scholarship in the fields of western musicology, ethnomusicology, music education and experimental research. A number of research seminars are held each year to showcase the work of our postgraduate and undergraduate students. Our postgraduate research students pursue degrees at the Master of Music, PhD or Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) levels. Inspiration for topics may be found in the listing of Completed postgraduate research theses.

The Sydney Conservatorium Graduate Symposium is organised under the auspices of the Musicology Colloquium Series. This is a day-long event held twice yearly, in which graduate students have an opportunity to present aspects of their research to their peers and staff at the Conservatorium in a friendly environment. It is an excellent opportunity to get feedback on content and presentation style from others besides one¹s immediate supervisor, and a preparatory step before attending a national or international conference.

The Undergraduate Research Showcase forms an official part of the Orientation program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. This event showcases exceptional undergraduate research projects undertaken by students over the past year and serves to introduce incoming students to the Conservatorium culture of research and scholarship. It’s a chance to hear what students have been working on, ask questions about what academic classes are like and how to go about developing your own original research projects.

The Sydney Undergraduate Journal of Musicology is a refereed journal dedicated to publishing work by undergraduate students of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Further information for postgraduate students and those contemplating future study can be found in the study pages of this website, in the SCM Learning and Teaching website, and via the University’s Future Students web resource. Information about support services for existing students can be accessed here.

Student Research Events