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:

  • 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.

Entry requirements

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.

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 a master's degree eg, the Master of Music.

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.

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Music with Honours.

For general information email info@canterbury.ac.nz or freephone in NZ 0800 VARSITY (827 748).

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
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 364 2176
Email artsdegreeadvice@canterbury.ac.nz

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