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.
Specific entry 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 the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Music with Honours or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
Entry into Performance is limited and an application for audition is required. Applications close with the School of Music on 15 September of the preceding year. Contact the School of Music for more information and an application form.
You can apply for the MusB(Hons) in the other two majors online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The Bachelor of Music with Honours takes one year full-time. Part-time study is by application only.
To qualify for the Bachelor of Music with Honours, candidates must complete three (including MUSI 480 Research Essay) or four (including MUSI 466 Research Project) courses (chosen from 11 possibilities) within one year of full-time study. Students must include MUSI 466 Research Project or MUSI 480 Research Essay (Extended) as one of their courses.
For the up-to-date list of courses, see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Music with Honours.
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.
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.
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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:
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Phone+64 3 369 3377