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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

Graduate Certificate in Music

Gain the knowledge and skills required to contribute to the music profession in a range of educational and community settings.

UQ's half year full-time (or part-time equivalent) Graduate Certificate in Music will provide you with extended application of pedagogical principles, skills and resources in a workshop situation.

The School of Music’s Creative Collaboratorium recognises the unique qualities of its music disciplines (Composition and Improvisation, Learning and Development, Performance, Health and Wellbeing, and Musicology) and provides common ground for dialogue, collaboration, and the generation of new knowledge.

You'll have the opportunity to select from over a dozen courses in instrumental pedagogy, aural studies and methodology, choral or orchestral conducting and classroom pedagogy.

You'll graduate with demonstrable knowledge and application of the principles of music pedagogy, instrumental or aural, ready to advance your career in a variety of contexts, including the music and arts industries, education, business, health and allied professions, and government and community sectors.

Program highlights

  • Undertake advanced study designed for music educators, administrators, community musicians, composers, performers and researchers.
  • Complete core courses in research methods and a research thesis, or a professional engagement project.
  • Benefit from intensive courses and overseas independent study opportunities.
  • Take advantage of research-focused pathways to pursue a Higher Degree by Research.

Campus Information

St Lucia

Situated on 114 hectares of Brisbane River-bound land, UQ’s main campus is a vibrant mix of majestic sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, landscaped gardens and lakes. Fanning out from the heritage-listed Great Court, you’ll find modern teaching and research facilities, including laboratories, lecture theatres, and Queensland’s largest research library. The expansive grounds are also home to a variety of sporting facilities, museums, cafes, and those famous Jacaranda trees. The St Lucia campus is only seven kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre, making it an appealing place to study, work or visit.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 28

Application Process


Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Career possibilities
Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Head of music
  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Music therapist
  • Vocal performer
  • Instrumental performer
  • Singing teacher
  • Music school coordinator
  • Music program director
  • Music researcher

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria


  • Approved degree in the same discipline or equivalent.
  • Same discipline in music may include studies in performance, composition, musicology, or music education. For the field of music education, a degree qualifying a person to become a classroom music teacher satisfies the requirement.