Entry Requirements

Undergraduate Domestic Students

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Applications for the University’s undergraduate courses are made through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC).

To gain entry to all courses, including the Diploma and the combined Bachelor of Music Studies/Bachelor of Arts, and the Bachelor of Music Studies/Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery degrees, you will need:

  1. An Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR)
  2. Complete a practical audition or submission, as well as an interview for some specialisations. Please refer to the audition requirements section for information relating to your instrument.
  3. Undertake a written Music Skills Test or Jazz Aptitude Test
  4. Bachelor of Music Studies/Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery applicants must complete an additional interview
  5. Applicants without an ATAR from the NSW High School Certificate may be granted admission on the basis of equivalent secondary school level qualifications (including overseas qualifications); on the basis of having successfully undertaken other tertiary studies; or in a special admission category such as mature age entry.

The selection process is competitive and available places are offered on the basis of merit to the candidates who best meet the above criteria. In selecting students, the Conservatorium is committed to principles of fairness, equity and anti-discrimination.

Undergraduate International Students

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To gain entry as an international student you will need to:

  1. Gain an ATAR or an equivalent international qualification
  2. Meet the English language requirement
  3. Submit your recorded audition video or portfolio. Please refer to the audition requirements section for information relating to your instrument.

English Language Requirement

If you are from a non-English speaking background, you may be required to sit an English proficiency test. International applicants must meet English language requirements. As a guide, the Conservatorium generally requires an English proficiency of:

  • IELTS: A minimum result of 6.5 overall and a minimum result of 6.0 in each band.
  • TOEFL paper-based: A minimum result of 577 overall including a minimum result of 4.5 in writing.
  • TOEFL IBT: A minimum result of 90 overall including a minimum result of 22 in reading, listening and speaking and 23 in writing.

Postgraduate Entry Requirements

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In order to assess and rank applicants, the Conservatorium uses the information gained from:

  • auditions
  • interviews
  • submitted portfolios (composition and musicology principal study)

The selection process is competitive and available places are offered on the basis of merit to the candidates who best meet the above criteria. In selecting students, the Conservatorium is committed to principles of fairness, equity and anti-discrimination.

English Language Requirement

If you are from a non-English speaking background, you may be required to take an English proficiency test. International applicants must meet English language requirements. As a guide, the Conservatorium generally requires an English proficiency of:

  • IELTS: A minimum result of 6.0 overall and a minimum result of 6.0 in each band for Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance) and Master of Music Studies (Performance) degrees.
  • Overall band score of 7.0 with minimum of 6.5 in each band for all other coursework and research degrees.
  • TOEFL paper-based: A minimum result of 550 overall including a minimum result of 4.5 in writing for Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance) and Master of Music Studies (Performance) degrees.
  • A minimum result of 600 overall including a minimum result of 5.0 in writing for all other coursework and research degrees.
  • TOEFL IBT: A minimum result of 80 overall including a minimum result of 22 in reading, listening and speaking and 23 in writing for Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance) and Master of Music Studies (Performance) degrees.
  • A minimum result of 100 overall including a minimum result of 23 in reading, listening and speaking and 24 in writing for all other coursework and research degrees.

Coursework Awards

Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance) and Master of Music Studies (Performance)

Admission is determined on the basis that applicants:

  • successfully complete a relevant undergraduate program; or in exceptional circumstances, applicants who do not have a recognised tertiary award but who demonstrate an equivalent musical ability and maturity at the audition and interviews and who can show considerable performing experience may be admitted to the Graduate Diploma in Music.
  • undertake an audition. Please see the postgraduate audition requirements relevant to your instrument.

An interview may also be required. For specific audition requirements, contact con.info@sydney.edu.au

Graduate Diploma in Music (Opera Performance) and Master of Music Studies (Opera Performance)

Admission is determined on the basis that applicants:

  • successfully complete a relevant undergraduate program; or in exceptional circumstances, applicants who do not have a recognised tertiary award but who demonstrate an equivalent musical ability and maturity at the audition and interviews and who can show considerable performing experience may be admitted to the Graduate Diploma in Music.
  • undertake an audition. Please see the postgraduate audition requirements relevant to your instrument.
  • satisfactorily complete an interview.

Master of Music Studies (Conducting)

Applicants must have completed studies deemed by the Conservatorium to be equivalent to the standard of knowledge and ability required for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Music.

Applicants must submit a recorded DVD audition that displays their conducting proficiency. A limited number of people will then be invited to a personal audition with the SCM Conductors Orchestra.

Research Awards

Master of Music (Composition)

Admission is determined on the basis that applicants:

  • have gained a Bachelor of Music degree with a major in composition from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music; or have completed studies deemed by the Conservatorium to be equivalent to the standard of knowledge and ability required for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Music; or in exceptional circumstances, demonstrate exceptional qualifications and the aptitude required for undertaking the award program.
  • submit a folio of original compositions.
  • present a 1,500-word summary of their proposed area of research/creative work.
  • attend an interview.

Master of Music (Musicology)

Admission is determined on the basis that applicants:

  • have gained a Bachelor of Music degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music; or have completed studies deemed by the Conservatorium to be equivalent to the standard of knowledge and ability required for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Music; or in exceptional circumstances, demonstrate exceptional qualifications and the aptitude required for undertaking the award program.
  • present a 1,500-word summary of their proposed area of research.
  • attend an interview.

Master of Music (Music Education)

Admission is determined on the basis that applicants:

  • have gained a Bachelor of Music with a major in music education from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music; or have completed studies deemed by the Conservatorium to be equivalent to the standard of knowledge and ability required for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Music; or in exceptional circumstances, demonstrate exceptional qualifications, experience and the aptitude required for undertaking the award program.
  • present a 1,500-word summary of their proposed area of research.
  • attend an interview, prepared to discuss their background and research interest in music education.

Master of Music (Performance)

Admission is determined on the basis that applicants:

  • have gained a Bachelor of Music with a major in performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music; or have completed studies deemed by the Conservatorium to be equivalent to the standard of knowledge and ability required for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Music; or submit such other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrate the applicant possesses the educational preparation and capacity to pursue graduate research studies.
  • undertake an audition. Please see the postgraduate audition requirements relevant to your instrument.
  • present a 1,500-word summary of their proposed area of research/creative work.
  • attend an interview.

Master of Music (Applied Research in Music Performance)

Admission is determined on the basis that applicants:

  • have gained a Bachelor of Music degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music; or have completed studies deemed by the Conservatorium to be equivalent to the standard of knowledge and ability required for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Music; or in exceptional circumstances, if the Board determines that such applicant, although not meeting the normal requirements, has exceptional qualifications and the aptitude required for undertaking the award program.
  • submit a 1,500-word summary of their proposed area of research.
  • attend an interview.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Admission is determined on the basis that applicants:

  • have gained a master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree with 1st or 2nd class honours.
  • submit a proposed course of research, a program of composition and/or a 50-minute performance audition (please see the postgraduate audition requirements relevant to your instrument), which in the opinion of the Conservatorium is appropriate for research at the doctoral level and is likely to make a substantial contribution to the candidate’s field.
  • demonstrate to the Conservatorium that they have completed the necessary training and have the necessary skills and ability to pursue the proposed course of study and research.

Applicants who have not completed a master’s degree would normally enrol in a master’s degree and transfer later to a PhD or DMA after completing appropriate coursework and demonstrating research ability of suitable calibre. Admission to candidature for the PhD or DMA is normally probationary for the first twelve months of candidature.

Intending candidates should refer to the admission and degree requirements in the University of Sydney Statutes and Regulations and the Postgraduate Studies Handbook (also available in the University of Sydney Calendar) and discuss their intended research with the associate dean for research or relevant chair of unit in the first instance.