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.
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.
Specific entry requirements
Candidates must have completed the equivalent of a Bachelor of Music with Honours with at least a B average grade and been approved by the Dean of Arts (Academic). Students intending to enrol should choose courses carefully to ensure prerequisites have been met.
Evidence of musical ability is required for entry - see 'How to apply' below.
How to apply
See the College of Arts website for the MMus application form and enrolment process.
- Evidence of composition quality is required.
- Entry to the performance option is limited and applications for auditions are required. Applications close on 15 September of the preceding year. Subject to approval by the Programme Coordinator.
Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The Master of Music consists of one of the following:
- MUSI 693 MMus Composition
- MUSI 692 MMus Performance
The MMus degree must be completed within one year of full-time study or two years part-time.
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.
- 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 Master of Music.
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