What will I learn?

Music in all its forms is used the world over as a means of leisure, communication and enlightenment. The music industry is prolific globally and offers paid work to a vast array of practitioners.

The Bachelor of Music (MusB) is a specialised three-year degree for those who want to concentrate their studies on Music.

The Bachelor of Music requires a total of 360 points:

135 points of compulsory Music courses

at least 120 points towards a major

120 points of courses in Music or from other degrees.

Students have considerable flexibility in choosing their courses in the second and third years of the MusB degree.

It is possible to combine a music degree with other degrees, such as the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws or Bachelor of Commerce.

New Music

A broad range of courses offer opportunities to engage with music technologies, notated composition, songwriting, recording techniques, computer music, and collaborative projects.

Career opportunities

Majoring in New Music will give you significant hands-on experience writing music for instruments, voice, creating music with computers, and working with performers and improvisers. Careers could include sound design, film composition, songwriting, and recording. You will also be well placed to move into training as a school music teacher or other educator, working with younger musicians who are developing their own music.

Further study

Postgraduate options at UC include:

  • Bachelor of Music with Honours
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Arts in Music
  • Doctor of Musical Arts
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Music

Which department am I in?

College of Arts

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

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

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

Application deadline

31 October 2020, 30 April 2021

More details

Start date

22 February 2021, 19 July 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

Applicants must have completed New Zealand University Entrance through NCEA; or Cambridge International Examinations (CIE); or International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or any other equivalent overseas qualification.

It is strongly recommended that you have NCEA Level 2 or 3 music, or the equivalent of these. If you intend to study composition course in the Bachelor of Music, you will need to have good musical literacy and notational skills.

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.

*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