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Postgraduate Studies and Research

As one of Australia’s most prestigious and comprehensive performing arts academies, WAAPA offers exciting postgraduate opportunities for those wanting to extend their academic journey.

Postgraduate studies provide a practical-based learning and research experience enhanced by the opportunities offered by the multi-disciplined nature of WAAPA and expert supervision by WAAPA’s outstanding research staff.

Enjoy a rich postgraduate community highlighted by visiting artists and scholars, industry placements, specialist seminars, a high-profile staff and a performance program second to none.

View our Research at WAAPA brochure

Courses offered in postgraduate studies

A four-year Integrated PhD is also available to select applicants, where the first year offers coursework for those who have been away from academia for some time.

WAAPA welcomes part-time and international applicants, and can assist with access to scholarships. You can find out more information about available scholarships at ECU Scholarships.

Key research areas

  • Composition and music technology
  • Classical, jazz, and contemporary music performance
  • Historical performance practice
  • Musicology
  • Early keyboard
  • Dance, choreography, and physical theatre
  • Dance health, and motion capture applications
  • Theatre and performance making (acting, directing, script-writing, devising, etc)
  • Dramaturgy
  • Production and design.


The Course Coordinator for Postgraduate Studies and Research is Dr Jonathan W. Marshall.

View a list of our Researchers and Supervisors and their research interests, or find our Research staff on the WAAPA Staff listing web page.

More information

Candidates will be assessed on their academic, research and professional experience. Candidates can only be admitted if there is supervisor capacity and expertise in the field of research.

For further enquiries please contact Future Students on 134 328, or for calls outside Australia, (61 8) 6304 0000. If you would like to know more about WAAPA higher degree courses, please visit the WAAPA Study areas web page.

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