Bachelor of Music with Honours
This graduate programme is for those who graduated from the Bachelor of Music (or equivalent) with good grades and who wish to extend themselves. The MusB(Hons) may be taken in:
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.
Postgraduate certificates, diplomas and honours programmes require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.
Qualification specific requirements
Candidates must have completed the equivalent of a Bachelor of Music with at least a B average in 300-level courses, or equivalent, and been approved by the Dean of Arts (Academic).
Entry into Performance courses are limited and applications for auditions are required – see 'How to apply' section below.
For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Music with Honours or use the admission requirements checker.
Qualification structure and duration
The Bachelor of Music with Honours takes one year full-time. Part-time study is by application only.
Subjects and courses
To qualify for the Bachelor of Music with Honours, candidates must complete three (including MUSI480 Research Essay) or four (including MUSI466 Research Project) courses (chosen from 11 possibilities) within one year of full-time study.
Students must include MUSI466 Research Project or MUSI480 Research Essay (Extended) as one of their courses.
How to apply
Read general information about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
Entry into Performance is limited and an application for audition is required (form on this page). Applications close with the School of Music on 15 September of the preceding year.
Honours degrees are often a pathway to further study, for instance students who complete to a satisfactory standard may be able to progress to a master's degree eg, the Master of Music.
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.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
- Our Careers, Internships & Employment team can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers or find a job.
- For research into career destinations by qualification, visit the Universities New Zealand website.
- Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Music with Honours.
For study planning help contact the School of Music or the College of Arts:
College of Arts
University of Canterbury
History Building, Level 4
Private Bag 4800