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Diploma in  Music Performance

Program code: 1605


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
  • CRICOS code

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.

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19. TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5. Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands. BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills. CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands. OET is not accepted. view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Diploma in Music Performance are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application 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.

Programs and Courses

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

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $32,992
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling 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 per academic year. The fee for part-time study is proportionately lower.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. 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

Entry to the Diploma requires admission to a University of Queensland degree program and eligibility for admission to the Bachelor of Arts program. International students can undertake the concurrent diploma but they must ensure that the programs are completed within the time frame of the student visa.

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