The basic format of options of postgraduate degrees - Bachelor of Music with Honours (Mus B (Hons)) Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA (Hons)) Master of Arts (MA) Master of Music (M Mus) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph D) - is shown below. Within these degrees a wide spectrum of specialisations in music is possible. It is important that students intending to enrol for the various postgraduate degrees choose their qualifying courses carefully to ensure that the necessary prerequisites have been met.* If you have any uncertainties, discuss your course with the appropriate member of staff or the Head of Department.
* It is possible to apply to study for postgraduate courses (except M Mus) on a part time basis.
Mus B (Hons)
This one-year degree course follows on from the successful completion of a Bachelor of Music degree and may be taken in one of these areas: composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, music education, or performance. Four appropriate courses are to be selected from the fifteen that are available. It is possible to select courses that will give a more general, non-specialised degree.
This one-year course follows on from a Mus B (Hons), so providing
a fifth year of full-time study. The degree is taken in either composition
or performance and continues the area of specialisation of the Honours degree.
It is important that students intending to enrol for the M Mus degree choose their Mus B (Hons) courses carefully to ensure that the necessary prerequisites have been met. More details of prerequisites and course content are to be found in the current University of Canterbury Calendar.
This one-year degree course may follow on from the successful
completion of a BA or other bachelor's degree. Four courses are selected from
courses in musicology, or ethnomusicology, or music education only.
It is important that students intending to enrol for the BA (Hons) degree should choose their Stage 3 options carefully when completing the qualifying undergraduate degree.
The MA in music is a one-year degree course, consisting of a thesis based on supervised research, following the completion of a BA (Hons) in music or Mus B (Hons) degree.
This course follows on from completion of an Honours or Masters degree and is in an approved field of supervised research. The minimum period of enrolment for a full-time candidate is two years.
The DMA is a three-year degree course usually following on from an Honours or Masters degree and is aimed at those undertaking advanced research in music composition or performance. It comprises scholarly research in the form of a supervised research thesis and performance practice in the form of public music performance or the presentation of compositions. Students make a significant contribution both intellectually and in practice to either the interpretative and/or technical practice of musical performance, or the technical and creative practice of musical composition. The application process normally requires an audition, interview and/or submission of previous academic work and recommendation from the School of Music. link >>
This degree is one of the "Higher Doctorates" of the University and is
awarded on the basis of submitted published or unpublished composition