Through Music Studies, you have the opportunity to learn music in a variety of ways including performance, composition, history and education.


This course will provide you with a broad grounding in music and allows you to choose a specialist area of music study in addition to studying a common core of units.

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Course description, features and facilities

This major ensures that you develop expertise and skills in the areas of performance or composition, harmony and aural, Western art music history and popular world musics. The Music Studies major attracts students from across the university who are keen to develop their passion and skills in music. Many students combine this major with another area of study. As a result you will have the experience of studying alongside students from diverse backgrounds, creating a dynamic and engaging learning environment. Students wishing to specialise in performance, composition or musicology should consider taking the Music Studies major concurrently with the Specialist Music Studies major.

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Student profile – Joel Hodgson

The last three years have flown by. During my time spent studying the Music Studies major, I’ve been able to also study Exercise and Health as a second major, as well as some astronomy broadening units.

I've had so many great opportunities and experiences and I'm amazed at all the things that I’ve been able to accomplish here.

My degree has enabled me to thrive amongst an inspiring group of enthusiastic musicians and educators, equipping me with all the necessary skills and experiences required in order to take my career to where I want it to be. 

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Career opportunities

The breadth of communication, musical, analytical, written and research skills that students acquire are desirable in a wide range of professions. Some graduates may pursue careers as professional performing musicians while others may gain employment in areas of performance, teaching, composing, arranging, arts management, journalism and community music.

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Further study opportunities

This major provides the foundation for further study options in music at honours and postgraduate levels.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. English competency
  4. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Music 3A/3B
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Music ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • Studies equivalent to WACE Music 3A/3B

Additional information

You must pass an audition to be eligible for a Music course. The required standard for Music Studies is AMEB Grade 5 Practical or equivalent (eg: ABRSM Grade 6 Performance). Auditions are organised by the School of Music (see further information on auditions).

A theory background comparable to WACE Music 3A/3B or equivalent (eg: AMEB Grade 5 Theory; ABRSM Grade 6 Theory) is also required.

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

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Future Students

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7 Fairway (corner Cooper Street)
Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
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Monday – Friday, 8.30am–5pm (Western Standard Time)

Note: If you have already submitted an application, contact Admissions.

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Music Studies: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
18-20 hours plus own practice and study time, rehearsals and performances
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BA), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
School of Music
First floor Music building, Crawley, WA
(+61 8) 6488 2051
Additional information