What will I learn?

This graduate programme is for those who graduated from the Bachelor of Music (or an equivalent degree) with good grades and who wish to extend themselves. The MusB(Hons) may follow these pathways:

  • Composition
  • Musicology
  • Performance

It is possible to choose courses to give a more general, non-specialised degree if desired.

The degree may be awarded with Distinction or Merit.

To qualify for the Bachelor of Music with Honours, students complete 120 points of courses, including either MUSI 466 Research Project (30 points) or MUSI 480 Research Essay (Extended) (60 points). The remaining points can be chosen from 400-level Music courses.

Further study

Honours degrees are often a pathway to further study, for instance students who complete to a satisfactory standard may be able to progress to the Master of Music, and eventually either a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Music, or a Doctor of Musical Arts.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Music are found in a wide range of occupations including positions in orchestras, choirs, opera houses, conservatories, universities, schools, and other education contexts. They are prominent in areas of musical leadership with community groups.

Those who work in education find that the inclusion of Music in their degree can be beneficial.

UC Music graduates also work in fields such as journalism, television and radio (planning as well as production), publishing, and in technical areas such as recording, computer instruments, sound engineering, and music technology. People with musical talent are sought after by festival organisers and arts organisations.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$33,600.00 (US$ 22,462) per year
Full Programme fees for 120 points

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

31 January 2021

More details

Start date

22 February 2021


University of Canterbury

Warehouse, 20 Kirkwood Ave,



Upper Riccarton,

8041, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from New Zealand

At least three ‘A’ levels at grade C or above.

For international students

Students must have completed the equivalent of a Bachelor of Music with at least a B Grade Point Average in their 300-level courses, and been approved by the Dean of Arts (Academic). Entry into Performance courses are limited and applications for auditions are required.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.0, with no band score lower than 5.5.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 80, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 50, and no communicative skills score below 42.

Application deadline: Entry into Performance is limited and an application for audition is required. Applications close with the School of Music on 20 September of the preceding year.

Applications for New Music and Musical Culture are due by January 31st of the year of study.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • UC International College

About this uni

University of Canterbury’s alumni include popular personalities such as Karl Popper, one of the greatest twentieth-century science philosophers.

  • Ranked among the world’s top 250
  • Among the top 1% cent of universities worldwide
  • 5-Star QS rating for its excellent research & teaching methods
  • Based in Christchurch - New Zealand’s most affordable city