18 months
18716 USD/year
4932 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Learn how to use music to support the development and wellbeing of people with complex emotional, intellectual, physical, or social needs. The Music Therapy programme is offered at the Victoria University of Wellington.


Key facts

Studying the Music Therapy programme offered at the Victoria University of Wellington, you'll get a comprehensive grounding in music therapy. Study the theory and put it into practice in a clinical or social community setting. Then take what you've learned from your practical experience and apply that to your research project.

When you study at the New Zealand School of Music (NZSM), you'll learn from dedicated staff with many years' experience as music therapists.

If you have a mature and compassionate attitude, curiosity, a knack for critical thinking, and a passion for practical, creative music-making, then this programme is for you.

Community placement

You'll learn from valuable community placements in settings such as special schools, inclusive mainstream schools, pediatric units of hospitals, and adolescent mental health services. You might also be hosted in elder care facilities, hospices, and community units for adults with neurological disorders and mental health challenges.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Approaches in Music Therapy
  • Music Therapy Methods
  • World Music and Music Therapy
  • Research Methods
  • Music Therapy Principles

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 32 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.
More details

Flexible. This programme can be started online if you are outside New Zealand


240 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Appropriate Bachelor's degree or adequate training and experience. You may also be required to demonstrate your proficiency in English.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    18716 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28074 USD for the full programme during 18 months.
  • National

    4932 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7398 USD for the full programme during 18 months.
  • Estimated international fees  : NZ$38,821 for the full programme
    • Estimated domestic fees  : NZ$10,230 for the full programme

Living costs for Wellington

1000 - 2300 NZD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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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