Take your contextual knowledge of music to the next level.


Study musicology at The University of Adelaide

Music has the ability to affect emotions, ideas and behaviours, across cultures and whole societies. As a musicology student at The University of Adelaide, you will discover the cultural, social, stylistic and historical impact of music and how this can affect communities, industries and governments. You will delve deeply into your own understanding of music, be it Western classical, popular, or jazz styles, or a range of traditional and contemporary World musics.

As a musicology student you will:

  • Study the way music ‘works’ and how it influences cultural and social behaviours in cultures around the world
  • Learn about and research music theory, analysis and music history
  • Analyse recorded and notated music
  • Explore different approaches to and techniques of music research
  • Develop an understanding of music in relation to other disciplines including anthropology, sociology and psychology
  • Discover a wide range of career options, from journalism to performance to cultural program administration.

The Elder Conservatorium of Music at The University of Adelaide is the oldest tertiary music school in Australia and one of the country’s leading music institutions. As a musicology graduate, you will be well equipped to pursue a career bringing your passion for music to life.

Career pathways

  • Arts administrator
  • Broadcaster
  • Music critic
  • Music researcher
  • Musicologist
  • Journalist
  • Publisher
  • Recording artist

How can I study musicology?

* Note: an interview is required for entrance into the Bachelor of Music (Musicology).