University of Canterbury

24 months
22786 USD/year
4890 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Music industry is a dynamic employment market, offering paid work to a vast array of practitioners around the world. This is befitting of an art form that has prevailed across even the most remote tribes and societies throughout history. Apply now for this program at University of Canterbury.


Much of the rapid development of the music industry has occurred very recently, in the last 25 years, and is the result of the explosion of digital technology and re-definition of social communities and culture. This has opened up new areas of expertise for music professionals, though not eclipsing the more traditional roles of teaching, conducting, music leadership and performing as a soloist, in a small group, orchestra or band.

Why study Music at University of Canterbury?

  • The School of Music offers an exciting range of courses at all levels in performance, composition, digital music, ethno-musicology, music history and research, musicianship and music education.
  • The Bachelor of Music (MusB) opens up a wide number of study pathways for students and a broad range of career opportunities for aspiring professional musicians.

Programme Structure

Courses includes:

  • Essentials in Music Techniques
  • Musicianship, Harmony and Analysis
  • Song Writing 
  • Notated Composition
  • Music Technologies 
  • Organum to Autotune
  • Performance Major 
  • Performance 
  • Music in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • The Music Industry
  • Acoustics and Recording Techniques

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

It is recommended to apply as early as possible in advance of your intended start date, to allow for visa and other arrangements. 




240 alternative credits


On Campus

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

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.

Qualification specific requirements
  • Candidates must have qualified for a bachelor's degree and satisfied the prerequisites for the subject concerned. Prerequisites vary between departments, but normally good grades in 300-level courses in the subject concerned are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22786 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22786 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    4890 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4890 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Students - 7,683 NZD
  • International Students -35,800 NZD


Scholarships, grants and awards are a great way to fund your university study.

Student loans and allowances

For domestic students, the most common option for funding your study is the New Zealand government's student loans and allowances. Here you can learn more about what they cover, and how to apply.

Overseas financial aid

If you are an international student coming to UC, you may be eligible for tuition or other financial aid from your home country, so make sure to check all your overseas financial aid options.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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