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Diploma in  Music Performance

Program code: 1605
OP Guarantee Scheme: No

Delivery location

St Lucia


4 Years part-time (only available as part-time study)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

The Diploma in Music Performance will sharpen your music skills through ensemble training.

  • This diploma can be taken concurrently alongside your program. It is ideal for students who want to earn an additional qualification and continue making and learning about music.
  • Audition for the opportunity to join one of the School of Music's large ensembles. This includes the UQ Chamber Singers, UQ Chorale, UQ Winds and UQ Symphony Orchestra.
  • Develop excellence in key musical areas such as rhythmic accuracy, pitch discrimination, acquiring a full dynamic range, and developing your musical style.
  • Gain valuable experience performing in music ensembles with the opportunity to participate in a range of concert series held at venues including the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).

Work with world-class music teachers and mentors as you enhance your music and performance skills in the Diploma in Music Performance.

  • Why study

    Join a vibrant culture

    The School of Music is one of Australia’s leading music departments, and has a long tradition of encouraging and developing success. The school also regularly engages with the community through its public programs, concert series and performances.

  • Why study

    All students welcome to audition

    The Diploma in Music is open to all UQ students – including first years. Auditions take place in February each year. Once you've successfully auditioned, you'll be taught by musicians with outstanding careers in the field.

  • Alumni

    Tim Munro, UQ graduate and three-time Grammy winner

    Tim Munro, UQ graduate and three-time Grammy winner

    UQ School of Music graduate Tim Munro was the co-artistic director of Chicago-based eighth blackbird until 2015. The group has been awarded Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance three times at the Grammy Awards.

    Hear Tim talk about his time at UQ
  • Why study

    Internationally renowned staff

    The School of Music is home to nationally and internationally renowned music professionals and has strong partnerships with major Australian performance organisations.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Diploma in Music Performance program understand a significant amount of important ensemble repertoire.

Our graduates typically use their qualifications to audition for other ensembles (as soloists, chamber musicians, orchestral musicians or vocalists), or to demonstrate their ability to perform effectively in large group situations. 

  • Beyond the classroom

    Take centre stage

    Ensembles perform in a large number of venues in Brisbane and beyond. These include QPAC, Brisbane City Hall, various Brisbane cathedrals, the Old Museum, venues in regional Queensland and Australia, and international music conferences and festivals.

  • Research

    Research excellence

    The School of Music is home to the Creative Collaboratorium, which brings together strengths in music composition, research and performance. 


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years part-time (only available as part-time study)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 5

Admissions criteria


Entry to the Diploma requires admission to a University of Queensland degree program and eligibility for admission to the Bachelor of Arts program.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Diploma in Music Performance are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Diploma in Music Performance. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Student profile

The table below shows the most recent student intake in the Diploma in Music Performance in Semester 1, 2019:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education study<5 <5
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study0 0%
(C) Work and life experience<5 <5
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
0 0%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
0 0%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
0 0%
International students0 0%
Total<5 100%

Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. They are not the basis for admission to a program.

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Diploma in Music Performance are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,566
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Diploma in Music Performance for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

The Diploma in Music Performance is a concurrent diploma. This means that in order to enrol you must be studying a bachelor’s program at UQ.

Applications need to be lodged via the mySI-net undergraduate diploma request page.

Additional application information

You cannot transfer credit from the diploma to the bachelor degree program or from the bachelor degree program to the diploma.
If you were to transfer credit from the bachelor degree program to the diploma, you would then have that credit cancelled from the bachelor degree program.
The only exception is if you choose to not complete the diploma, in which case you may be eligible for some credit towards your bachelor degree program.
For more information, contact the faculty that administers your bachelor degree program.

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