Duration
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2017 Late Year Term – 1 December
2018 Semester One – 26 February
Available locations
City
Points
120
Programme type
Postgraduate
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 Master of Music is a 120-point degree. Depending on your area of specialisation, the assessment requirements for the Master of Music are as follows:

  • Performance – a 60 to 90-minute concert recital and accompanying written thesis
  • Composition – a written thesis and portfolio of compositions
  • Musicology – a thesis on an approved topic
  • Studio Pedagogy – a combination of practical and written components with an educational focus

Within your body of work, you are free to explore the musical, social, cultural and academic trends and influences on your discipline, while being supported by our staff of internationally renowned composers, musicologists, performers, scholars and educators.

 

Subjects available in this programme

  • Composition
  • Musicology
  • Performance
  • Studio Pedagogy

2018 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
    Research 120 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 6.0
    • Bachelor of Music (Hons)
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Music

Further programme requirements

Research 120 points

You must have completed the Bachelor of Music (Honours) (BMus(Hons)) with Second Class Honours First Division, or the Postgraduate Diploma in Music (PGDipMus) with a GPA of 6.0. Your study must have been in the same major as you intend to study within the MMus degree.

You must have completed your entrance qualification within two years of the proposed commencement semester for the MMus. If you did not, then your application will be subject to the qualitative assessment of a portfolio applicable to the area of study being applied for within the MMus.

Other pathways to study

The BMus(Hons) or PGDipMus are pathways into the MMus degree. You must complete the same major you wish to study within the MMus degree.

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
    Research 120 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 6.0

    One year of postgraduate study in music

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

Further programme requirements

Research 120 points

You must have completed a one-year postgraduate degree, following an undergraduate degree, at a recognised university (or similar institution) in the same major/subject you are applying for. You will need a GPE of 6.0. You must also submit a portfolio applicable to your area of study.

Other pathways to study

The University’s Bachelor of Music (Honours) or Postgraduate Diploma in Music are suitable pathways into this masters programme.

If appropriate, you may be invited to complete a Transitional Certificate before commencing this degree. Once your MMus application has been assessed, you will be contacted if this is relevant to you.

How much does a Master of Music cost per year?

2018 fees

Domestic students
NZ$8,364 – $9,099.60*
International students
NZ$33,688*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2018 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 $6.78 per point, estimated at $813.60 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.

Find out about financial support information

Scholarships and awards

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for.

Student loans and allowances

Are you a New Zealand citizen or resident? You could be eligible for a student loan or allowance.

Cost of living

Get an idea of how much accommodation and general living in Auckland will cost.

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 2018
8 December 2017

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.

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?

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

Student career planning service

Once you become a student at the University, you can get help with planning and developing your career from Career Development and Employability Services.

For more, visit our careers webpage.

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923 5025
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0800 61 62 63
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+64 9 373 7513