Course summary

The Bachelor of Contemporary Music with Honours consists of four (4) double-weighted units including Research Methods for Arts and Social Sciences and the Creative Arts Research Thesis. The Creative Arts Research Thesis units can be a performance project, composition project, production project, or a combination of these. In addition to the actual project, there is a written component (or exegesis) which outlines the research basis of the project. Alternatively, students may undertake a completely written musicological Honours project.

Prior to lodging an application, interested applicants must contact the University to discuss their eligibility and to find a suitable honours supervisor for their proposed honours topic. For more information refer to the School of Arts and Social Sciences Honours information

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate skills of analysis, interpretation, evaluation and research . 2. Apply these skills to musical and other cultural contexts.


Demonstrate creative and interpretive skills in music composition, music performance, music production, and allied activities such as teaching, staging and business.

Apply these skills to creative work and outputs.

Ethical practice

Demonstrate a commitment to ethical practices and legal obligations in professional and personal contexts.

Apply ethical practices to conducting research.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate a broad, integrated command of knowledge, skills and technologies in contemporary music.

Apply this knowledge to create an academic thesis or exegesis.

Demonstrate the ability and confidence to make a successful transition to professional life.

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate the ability to be responsive to change, to be reflective in practice, and to be information literate.

Apply this ability to update and develop one’s knowledge through independent and self-directed learning.

Communication and social skills

Demonstrate a repertoire of written, oral, sonic and gestural communication skills.

Apply these skills to personal, professional and academic settings.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate the ability and confidence to engage with different cultural perspectives at local, national and international levels.

Apply these skills in the conduct of research and creative artistic practice.

Course overview

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Domestic duration

1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

International duration

1 year full-time

Availability details


Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Lismore 1 N/A N/A
Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore 1 $20,720 ($2,590 per unit) 066132J

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

The Honours course comprises the equivalent of eight (8) units (96 credit points) of study and includes a research methodology unit and a research project.


Note 1: Double-weighted unit