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What will I learn?

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music places a high emphasis on its research activity, with a vibrant and diverse community of staff and students. The Master of Music (Composition) aims to facilitate the development of advanced compositional abilities and allow candidates to create compositions of a length and complexity not possible during undergraduate courses. Students prepare both a composition portfolio (creative work) and a related dissertation which, together, will form their final thesis.

Within the degree structure, candidates receive training in research methods and areas of study pertinent to their field, and work with supervisors on the preparation of their composition portfolio and dissertation.

Candidates can specialise in music technology, electro-acoustic, ensemble/orchestral, jazz and music theatre composition, and are encouraged to develop skills in, and an understanding of all aspects toward the successful completion of a composition project. Discover more of the Composition and Music Technology study options at the University of Sydney.

Which department am I in?

Sydney Conservatorium of Music



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
Year 1 Tuition fee: AUD $40,000; This indicative tuition fee is subject to annual increase each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

March 2022, July 2022


Sydney Conservatorium of Music campus

1 Conservatorium Road,


New South Wales,

2000, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to a research degree in the University of Sydney Business School is very competitive. You need to have completed an Australian honours (or equivalent) or a postgraduate degree with outstanding results (at least 80%) in order to be considered for an offer.

For international students

To be eligible for admission, you must have completed the equivalent of a Bachelor's degree in music with a major in composition.

TOEFL - IBT score: A minimum result of 96 overall including a minimum result of 20 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 22 in Writing.

IELTS score: A minimum result of 7.0 overall and a minimum result of 6.5 in each band

TOEFL - PBT score: A minimum result of 592 overall including a minimum result of 5.0 in Writing

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney is ranked 4th in the world and 1st in Australia for graduate employability by the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

  • Consistently placed among the world’s top 50 universities
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