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What will I learn?

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which candidates undertake a programme of supervised research which critically investigates a topic of substance and significance.

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree has a status higher than that of other Masters degrees but lower than that of the PhD degree. It is a research degree designed to recognise an original contribution to knowledge and the comments on the originality and significance of the PhD thesis apply here too. However, it is intended that an MPhil thesis be the product of only one year of full-time research (though in practice candidates invariably take longer) and the original contribution to knowledge will therefore be less than would be expected in a PhD thesis.

Music

Study Music with leading performers, composers and musicologists; and perform in the acclaimed Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber, part of the University of Waikato's purpose-built performing arts academy.

If music is your passion, then Waikato has a programme of study to suit. We teach Western Classical Music – from Baroque to contemporary, through performance, composition and musical scholarship. If you're inclined to the modern, we offer papers in sonic art and new technologies.

Waikato's Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts will be your stage throughout your studies. Situated on the Hamilton campus, the academy is an award-winning performing arts venue.

Career opportunities

  • Advertiser
  • Broadcaster
  • Composer
  • Digital Media Producer
  • Film Music Composer or Producer
  • Performer
  • Recording Artist

Which department am I in?

School of Arts

Study options

Full Time (1 - 2 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$39,245.00 (US$ 26,235) per year

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

Start date

1 March 2021

Venue

Hamilton Campus

Gate 1, Knighton Road,

HAMILTON,

Hillcrest,

3216, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from New Zealand

Applicant must have completed a recognised bachelor's degree with a B/B+ average, and a B/B+ average in a relevant subject if required.

For international students

A bachelors with honours or masters degree with at least Second Class Honours (First Division) or Distinction is required.

You also need to meet an English language entry requirement as follows: IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall (with no less than 6.0 in any band); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 90 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 58 with no less than 50 for each communicative skill.; Waikato Pathways - successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL) programme. Note: Application closing dates will be 31st January and 31st May.

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

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About this uni

More than 90% of students are highly satisfied with the student experience at the University of Waikato.

  • Ranks #1 in New Zealand for research impact & quality
  • Offers students cutting-edge facilities
  • Has over 60 student clubs to choose from
  • Based in NZ, the 2nd most peaceful country in the world