Master of Music


The Master of Music allows students to take composition or performance studies to a more advanced technical level and to gain breadth and depth of appreciation in their specialist field. It is an ideal pathway for those interested in undertaking a completely research-based degree.

The Master of Music may be awarded with Distinction or Merit.

Entry requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure 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 Honours with at least a B average grade. Students intending to enrol should choose courses carefully to ensure prerequisites have been met.

  • Evidence of composition quality is required.
  • Entry to the performance option is limited and applications for auditions are required - see 'How to apply' below.

For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Music or use the admission requirements checker

Qualification structure and duration

The Master of Music consists of one of the following:


The MMus degree must be completed within one year of full-time study or two years part-time. Students can begin in February or July.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications

  • Evidence of composition quality is required.
  • Entry to the performance option is limited and applications for auditions are required – see the form on this page. Applications close on 15 September of the preceding year. Subject to approval by the Programme Coordinator. 

Further study

UC also has a:

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Useful resources:

More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Music.

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 arts@canterbury.ac.nz

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