Bachelor of Music

Bachelor of Music

Bachelor degree
36 months
Application deadlines: October 31, April 30
Processing time: 30 days
Intakes: February, July
International tuition: NZ$30,200
Domestic tuition: NZ$6,803

Program overview

Music in all its forms is used the world over as a means of leisure, communication 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 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. 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.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



  • PTE
Admission to UC with University Entrance (or equivalent) is required to enrol. Entry to the Bachelor of Music is open to all students (except for the Performance and Composition courses – see below), however it is strongly recommended that you have NCEA Level 2 or 3 music, or the equivalent of these. English language requirements: IELTS: Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking; TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening; TOEFL PBT: With a minimum score of 550 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5; Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42.

Career opportunities

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 training are sought after by festival organisers and arts organisations.

Campus location

Christchurch , New Zealand