QCRC supports a complete suite of masters and doctoral level research degrees

In keeping with the leading role that QCRC plays in artistic research in the national and international spheres, the Master of Music Research and the Doctor or Musical Arts are specifically practice focused, with the expectation that the candidate’s creative work will be at the center of the project and constitute an important part of the final submission. The Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy comprise of a written thesis submission and allow candidates to work alongside expert researchers in their chosen field of research. Candidates are assigned supervisory teams who oversee all aspects of the research.

Master of Music Research

The Master of Music Research is ideally suited to emerging artists who wish to broaden or deepen some aspect of their artistic practice. The program includes training in artistic research methods. Candidates are encouraged to work independently in order to develop a theoretical framework and methodology suited to their project. The final submission typically includes a portfolio of creative work (e.g. video/audio recordings, scores, a manual or guidebook, teaching resources or lesson plans), and a thesis of 15 – 20,000 words. The degree is flexible and can accommodate a range of topics and approaches. Performers are required to present three recitals in the course of the program, with the expectation that their content will be closely integrated with the research topic. A researcher in music pedagogy, however, might find a lecture-demonstration is a suitable format for presenting their work, while a composer would submit a CD or DVD of their work.

Doctor of Musical Arts

The Doctor of Musical Arts is aimed at established artists who have at least five years of professional experience. Candidates will need to demonstrate a high level of artistic accomplishment combined with well-developed research and writing skills. Creative work is at the centre of the research project, but the scope and expectations are significantly greater than in the Master of Music Research. The relative weighting of the creative portfolio and thesis is flexible. The argument justifying the weighting distribution is made within the research document. Typically, however, the creative portfolio will contain a minimum of 60 minutes of creative work and the accompanying thesis will comprise a minimum of 40,000 words.

Master of Philosophy

The Master of Philosophy is suited to research projects which will result in a written thesis only. The degree is awarded on the basis of a 40 – 50,000 word thesis that makes an original, significant and extensive contribution to knowledge and understanding in the relevant field of study, as judged by independent experts applying accepted contemporary international standards. As no creative work or portfolio is required in this program, it is suited to topics in music education or pedagogy, musicology, and historical, ethnomusicological and socio-cultural investigations into music cultures around the world.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy is suited to research projects which will result in a written thesis. The degree is awarded on the basis of an 80 – 100,000 word thesis that makes an original, significant and extensive contribution to knowledge and understanding in the relevant field of study, as judged by independent experts applying accepted contemporary international standards. This program is suited to topics in music education or pedagogy, musicology, and historical, ethnomusicological and socio-cultural investigations into music cultures around the world.

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