Duration
Full-time: Varies
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2021 Semester One – 1 March
2021 Semester Two – 19 July
Available locations
City
Points
120 or 180
Programme type
Postgraduate
Taught & research options available

Programme overview

The Master of Music (MMus) is designed to further develop your musical skills, enabling entry to a high-level career in many areas of music. At masters level, you are able to specialise in one of four distinct areas – performance, composition, musicology or studio pedagogy.

You will have the chance to investigate your individual interests and talents, engage in independent thought about music and critically analyse the theories and practices that influence your discipline.

Programme structure

The MMus is a 120-point or 180-point degree and is available as a research or taught option.

The research masters is ideally suited to students who want to work on a major project. This can include several different elements or with a focus on a single topic. Within the research option, you can also study a selection of elective (taught) courses.

In a taught masters you can choose from a wide range of elective courses, allowing you to explore a variety of subject areas in addition to completing a smaller research project.

Both research and taught options are available from a broad choice of areas including classical performance, jazz, popular music, music education, composition, music technology/production, musicology and more.

You'll also need to meet other requirements, including time limits and total points limits. See Postgraduate enrolment.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

2021 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 120 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 4.0
    • Bachelor of Music (Hons)
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Music
  • Study option
    Research 120 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 4.0
    • Bachelor of Music (Hons)
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Music
  • Study option
    Taught 180 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 4.0

    Bachelor of Music

  • Study option
    Research 180 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 4.0

    Bachelor of Music

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

A Bachelor of Music with a GPA of 4.0 across Stage III courses is required.

A Bachelor of Music with a GPA of 4.0 across Stage III courses is required.

Other pathways to study

You may be able to gain entry to the 180-point Master of Music if you do not currently meet the requirements for the 120-point programme.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Music is a pathway option for Bachelor of Music graduates who do not meet the GPA requirement. The Postgraduate Certificate must not have been awarded.

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 120 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 4.0
    • Bachelor of Music (Honours)
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Music
  • Study option
    Research 120 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 4.0
    • Bachelor of Music (Honours)
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Music
  • Study option
    Taught 180 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 4.0

    An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline.

  • Study option
    Research 180 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 4.0

    An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline.

  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.5

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You need to have completed a one-year postgraduate degree, after an undergraduate degree, in music or a similar field indicative of advanced study in music. Your study must have been at a recognised university (or similar institution) and you will need a GPE of 4.0 or higher.

You need to have completed a one-year postgraduate degree, after an undergraduate degree, in music or a similar field indicative of advanced study in music. Your study must have been at a recognised university (or similar institution) and you will need a GPE of 4.0 or higher.

Your Bachelors degree must be in a relevant discipline (arts, creative arts, education, humanities, or performing arts). It should have included a music component and the study must have been completed at a recognised university (or similar institution).

An interview will be needed to assist in the assessment of your application, and you may need to supply an audition portfolio as part of this. Once you submit your application for admission, the School of Music will contact you directly about scheduling an interview (in-person, telephone, Skype, or Zoom).

Your Bachelors degree must be in a relevant discipline (arts, creative arts, education, humanities, or performing arts). It should have included a music component and the study must have been completed at a recognised university (or similar institution).

An interview will be needed to assist in the assessment of your application, and you may need to supply an audition portfolio as part of this. Once you submit your application for admission, the School of Music will contact you directly about scheduling an interview (in-person, telephone, Skype, or Zoom).

Other pathways to study

The Postgraduate Certificate in Music could be a pathway option for those who do not currently quite meet the 180-point MMus requirement.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Music from this University is a pathway option for Bachelor degree graduates who do not meet the 180-point Master of Music GPA requirement.The Postgraduate Certificate must not have been awarded.

In exceptional circumstances, if you have at least three years of relevant practical, professional or scholarly experience which is deemed equivalent to the above standard, then you may be considered for admission to the 180-point Master of Music.

An interview will be needed to assist in the assessment of your application, and you may need to supply an audition portfolio as part of this. Once you submit your application for admission, the School of Music will contact you directly about scheduling an interview (in-person, telephone, Skype, or Zoom).

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

How much does a Master of Music cost per year?

2021 fees

Domestic students
NZ$8,661.60 – $9,565.20*
International students
NZ$37,895*

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 $8.02 per point, estimated at $962.40 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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For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Key dates

Subject to supervisor availability, a 1 December start is available. Please contact the faculty for this information.

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 2021
8 December 2020
Semester Two 2021
4 July 2021

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

See important dates for the academic year, including orientation, enrolment, study breaks, exams, and graduation.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

We welcome any questions you may have about postgraduate study in the School of Music.

Contact our postgraduate adviser by phone or email.

Director of Postgraduate Studies
Dr Gregory Camp
Email: g.camp@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 9 923 9438

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Where could this programme take you?

Postgraduate study in music boosts your potential to build a successful performance or composition career. It also helps to secure a future in academia and research, contributing to influential projects in music and the wider arts community.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Academic
  • Arranger/composer
  • Arts director
  • Instrumental teacher
  • Music educator
  • Music journalist
  • Music producer
  • Performer

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