Bachelor of Music (Musicology)

Map new musical territories

Musicology is the study of music in its cultural, social, historical and stylistic contexts.

It’s about the way that music 'works'. And not just notes on a page or sounds in a recording. Music also affects individual actions, social behaviour and expression in both Western and non-Western societies.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Music (Musicology) takes your contextual knowledge of music to the next level. You will:

  • explore different approaches to music research
  • gain keen aural and analytical skills
  • develop high-level understandings of music history and repertoire
  • analyse live and recorded music
  • build confidence in oral and written communication.

You can also pursue a wide range of studies in other areas. If you’re interested in performance you can take ensemble classes subject to audition.

Where could it take you?

You could continue on in academia or pursue work in music and arts journalism. You might work for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of fame in Ohio or archive in the Australian Jazz Museum. Perhaps you’ll publish a book about music and acculturation in First Nations communities.

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 324065
Deferment No
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer *
Median ATAR to receive an offer *
Highest ATAR to receive an offer *
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer *
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer *
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer *
Minimum eligibility score N/A
Additional criteria considered Audition required
Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You must also undertake an audition/interview including an aural/theory test. You compete for a place based on your audition score. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Assumed Knowledge The ability to read music is expected.
Additional Entry Requirements
All Bachelor of Music (Musicology) students applying to the Elder Conservatorium of Music are required to attend an audition/interview.

The audition/interview will assess each applicant's current skill level and potential for future studies and offers will be made on the basis of the audition/interview score, academic achievement and the musicianship test. The Musicianship test aims to assess the applicant's general level of musicianship, which involves the ability to identify and recognise musical concepts within aural, written and theoretical contexts.

To apply for an audition/interview and for details regarding audition rounds, Musicianship test and the application process, please visit the Elder Conservatorium of Music: https://arts.adelaide.edu.au/music/study/auditions

Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You must also undertake an audition/interview including an aural/theory test. You compete for a place based on your audition score. Your best GPA is used in the case of a tie-breaker. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) study You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. You must also undertake an audition/interview including an aural/theory test. You compete for a place based on your audition score. Further ranking according to the level of TAFE award is undertaken in the case of a tie-breaker. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2020). You must also undertake an audition/interview including an aural/theory test. You compete for a place based on your audition score. Your STAT rank is used in the case of a tie-breaker. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 324065

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2021
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
N/A N/A
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A
(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
N/A N/A
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
N/A N/A
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
N/A N/A
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
82 88.2%
International students 11 11.8%
All students 93 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Scholarships

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Careers

Career Readiness

Completion of the Bachelor of Music in Musicology prepares students for a variety of career pathways in further education including honours and postgraduate studies in Musicology, as well as postgraduate qualifications in Arts Administration, Library Science, Education and other areas. Musicology graduates may pursue careers in music and arts journalism, academia, private music teaching, arts and cultural program administration and management, library science. The generic skills developed in Musicology are transferable and may also lead to careers in a wide variety of positions in community, industry, government, and business.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Potential careers

Music Educator, Music Historian, Music Librarian, Music Researcher, Music Theory Teacher, Cultural Heritage Officer, Entertainment Industry, Arts Administrator, Music Journalist / Music Critic, Broadcaster, Musicologist

Degree Structure

Musicology students are expected to have a background in basic music theory and will complete the same music theory and history supporting studies coursework undertaken by other Bachelor of Music students. Musicology students typically have some experience in classical, popular, jazz or other styles of music performance.

The Musicology major provides students with the following:

  • Understanding of the way that music 'works', not only as notes on a page or sounds in a recording, but as the basis of individual actions, social behaviour and expression in both Western and non-Western societies.
  • Understanding of the varied approaches to music research carried out by researchers in the co-disciplines of musicology/ethnomusicology and in related disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, and psychology.
  • Development of aural and analytical skills through assessed work in written critiques and analyses of live and recorded music.
  • Development of music-specific and general research skills related to planning essays as well as confidence in written and oral communication.

Academic Program Rules

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Example Study Plan

Study plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website.

Testimonial

Musicology was unlike any other options I had in South Australia when I was applying for tertiary studies. I really enjoy learning about music history, world music, music culture and the idea of a music as a research based subject. The independent learning environment really suits me and I enjoy being able to focus my studies on the areas that I really love, that being music. My learning this year has exceeded my expectations and I have learnt so much new information. Making new friends within subjects and clubs has also been a great experience.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021