Bachelor of Music
Music in all its forms is used the world over for leisure, artistic expression, 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 MusB provides a wide selection of practical and academic courses, and students work closely with internationally acclaimed staff and guest educators.
- A wide selection of courses, both practical and academic.
- Nationally and internationally respected staff of performers, composers, and musicologists.
- A rich music environment is enjoyed university-wide, with over a hundred concerts performed on campus each year.
- Ōtautahi Christchurch offers additional musical opportunities within a vibrant, extended music community.
Admission to UC with University Entrance (or equivalent) is required to enrol.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Entry to the MusB is open to all students (except for Performance courses – see below). However, it is strongly recommended that you have NCEA Level 2 or 3 music, or the equivalent of these.
For more details on applications for Performance, see Te Kura Puoro | School of Music website.
For information on the enrolment process, please see how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.
Applications for the Performance courses should be made to Te Kura Puoro | School of Music no later than 20 September. Early auditions begin 22 August.
Bachelor of Music majoring in Musical Culture – example degree structure
Compulsory Music courses
Music major courses
Courses from Music or other degrees
(1) Some MUSA 300-level courses may be 30 points.
Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points or more.
This diagram is an example only – other combinations are possible. For specific course requirements, see the Regulations for the Bachelor of 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.
A minimum of 225 points must be from courses above 100-level, with at least 90 points at 300-level (60 points of which must be from Music courses).
MusB students complete a major in the degree. Each major has specific course requirements, but all consist of a minimum of 120 points.
The degree takes 3 years of full-time study, or can be studied part-time for up to 10 years.
The Bachelor of Music is a highly flexible degree, including core courses in music production, performance, and community. Students have considerable flexibility in choosing their courses in the second and third years of the degree, from Music and other subject areas.
Students will also undertake courses from their chosen major throughout the degree.
See ‘How do I plan my degree?’ above for an example degree structure diagram.
Students can choose from one of the following major subjects:
All students in the MusB take core Music courses in their first and second years.
- MUSA 100 Essentials in Music Techniques
- MUSA 101 Musicianship, Harmony and Analysis 1
- MUSA 125 Music Technologies
- MUSA 131 Songs, Symphonies and Samples: Music in a Changing World
- MUSA 150 Music in Aotearoa New Zealand
- MUSA 200 Musicianship, Harmony and Analysis 2
- MUSA 201 Harmony and Score-Reading
- MUSA 250 Music in our Community
Plus one of:
All students in the MusB must complete 120 points in additional courses from Music or other subjects at UC across their degree studies.
Including the required courses in your chosen major, at least 75 points must be at 200-level, and at least 90 points must be at 300-level (with 60 points of 300-level Music).
Additional Music courses include notated composition, songwriting, popular music genres, Kapa Haka and Māori performances, acoustics and recording techniques, chamber choir, performances, and music internships.
Note that some 100-level performance and songwriting courses are limited entry and require an application, audition, or a portfolio. See 'Entry requirements' above for more information.
Postgraduate options at UC include:
Our MusB graduates are found in a wide range of occupational contexts.
UC Music graduates also work in fields such as television and radio, publishing, recording, sound engineering, music education, and music therapy.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
|2020||360||Banded Fee - total tuition fee dependent on course selection||$6,939 per 120 points|
|2021||360||Banded Fee - total tuition fee dependent on course selection||$7,015 per 120 points|
|2021||360||This is an indicative fee - total tuition fee will be dependent on your course selection (banded)||$33,600 (first 120 points)|
|2022||360||This is an indicative fee - total tuition fee will be dependent on your course selection (banded)||$34,500 (first 120 points)|
For the full degree requirements, see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Music.
For study planning help, contact Te Rōpū Takawaenga o UC | UC Liaison Office (new students) or a Te Rāngai Toi Tangata | College of Arts Student Advisor (advancing students).
For more information on facilities, resources, and staff, see Te Rāngai Toi Tangata | College of Arts.