Music qualification pathways

There are two main qualification pathways for students studying Music:

  • developing creative and professional proficiency and critical perspectives (pathway 1)
  • developing scholarly/academic expertise with creative components (pathway 2).


Theory requirement

Students who meet the theory requirement can enrol for a Bachelor of Music majoring in Composition. After completing this qualification, students can choose to move through pathway 1 by completing a PGDipMus, MMus and DMA. These students can also look to enrol in the Master of Music Therapy (after meeting the prerequisites of 30 Psychology points and other entrance criteria) or move across to pathway 2 (BMus(Hons)), MMus, PhD).

Theory requirement and an audition

Students wishing to enrol in a BMus in Jazz or Classical Performance must meet the theory requirement and complete an audition. Their pathway choices are the same as for students majoring in Composition.

Undergraduate degree

A student who has completed an undergraduate degree not awarded by Victoria can seek to enrol in a postgraduate qualification in pathway 1 or 2. A student who has completed an undergraduate degree, whether at Victoria or elsewhere, who wishes to move to a new area of study may apply to complete a graduate diploma and then apply to the appropriate postgraduate qualification pathway.

University Entrance

Students with University Entrance can study towards a BMus in Music Studies or Bachelor of Arts in Music and follow pathway 2 through BMus(Hons), MMus, and PhD (or alternatively BA graduates may go on to a BA(Hons) or MA). Students who successfully complete their undergraduate qualification (BMus in Music Studies or BA majoring in Music) can also look to move into the Master of Music Therapy programme if they meet the prerequisites and entrance criteria.

Music qualification pathways flowchart

Download the Music Qualification Pathways flowchart (PDF 180 KB)