Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2019 Semester Two – 22 July
2020 Semester One – 2 March
Available locations
Programme type

Programme overview

The GradDipMus programme broadens knowledge and skills in music on a general level.

You will have the chance to explore your specific area of interest and learn more about other areas of the discipline. You will build upon your professional industry experience or studies in another field through critical analysis, independent thought and exploring the social, cultural and academic contexts of music.

The GradDipMus is a solid introduction to postgraduate study in music, opening up a pathway to the Postgraduate Diploma in Music, and onto the Master of Music.

Programme structure

The GradDipMus borrows courses from the Bachelor of Music and its honours programme to allow you to broaden your knowledge and understanding of both the practical and theoretical elements of music. You can also choose to include courses in subjects beyond music, subject to departmental approval.


  • Core courses: 120 points


  • Core courses: 90 points
  • Elective courses: 30 points

2020 entry requirements

Programme requirements

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in the field of music, such as the Bachelor of Music, at a recognised university (or similar institution). If your undergraduate degree is in another field, you must demonstrate a level of musical competency appropriate for this degree.

You may need to supply an audition portfolio as part of your application to aid in the assessment of your musical competency. If this is required, we will contact you by email.

Further programme requirements

English language requirements

You will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency if you are:

  • An international applicant whose first language is not English
  • A domestic applicant under 20 years of age whose first language is not English.

You will require an IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0. See alternative English language requirements.


Other pathways to study

  • If you are 20 on or before the first day of semester, have no formal University Entrance (UE) qualification, and are a New Zealand or Australian citizen or permanent resident you can apply for special admission.
  • If you don’t meet the requirements but have significant industry experience, you may be considered based on your previous academic history and a curriculum vitae covering your music education and experience. Selection will depend on whether your practice/employment is deemed to demonstrate a level of competence equivalent to that of a undergraduate qualification in music. An interview may be required, and we will notify you if this is needed.

How much does a Graduate Diploma in Music cost per year?

2019 fees

Domestic students
NZ$6,120 – $9,282*
International students

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $7.06 per point, estimated at $847.20 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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Scholarships and awards

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Student loans and allowances

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Cost of living

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Key dates

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2019
8 December 2018

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

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We welcome any questions you may have about postgraduate study in the School of Music. Contact our postgraduate adviser by phone or email.

Dr Gregory Camp
Associate Head, Postgraduate
Phone: +64 9 923 9438

Where could this programme take you?

The GradDipMus helps to advance your theoretical and conceptual understanding of music and performance practices, and can open up a future in academia and research, allowing you to contribute to influential projects in music and wider arts community.

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