Course details

Bachelor of Music
Domestic tuition $6,907 per year
International tuition $15,988 per year
Course length 3 years
Completion rate 92%
NZQF Level 7
Employment rate 68%
In further study 23%
Median earnings $33,776
Job prospects
Good job prospects:
Employed - 68%
Further study - 23%
Median earnings: $33,776 (3 years after graduating)
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  • Chamber Music
  • Composition
  • Digital Music
  • Māori Musical Instruments in Traditional and Contemporary Contexts
  • Māori Song and Dance in Traditional and Contemporary Contexts
  • Performance
  • Performance Techniques
  • Popular Music
  • Western Music History

About the course

Graduates will have advanced knowledge of either the performance or academic facets of the study of music. They will also develop knowledge through study of a supporting subject.

Entry requirements

A New Zealand University Entrance qualification or equivalent together with 14 credits in NCEA level 3 Music, or 20 credits in NCEA level 2 Music, or Grade 3 theory pass or better in the New Zealand Music Education Board or Australian Music Education Board, or Grade 5 theory pass or better in the Trinity College or Royal College of Music examinations, or a music qualification assessed as equivalent.

About the provider

The University of Waikato, located in the central North Island cities of Hamilton and Tauranga, is an internationally recognised tertiary institution offering degree programmes designed to produce job-ready graduates. Each year, the University provides more than 2,000 industry placements and internship opportunities, believing its students benefit from the chance to put the theory they have learnt in classrooms, into practice in a real-world employment environment. When students choose to study at waikato, they gain a globally recognised education. In 2019, the QS World University Rankings placed the University of Waikato 266th in the world, an improvement of 135 places in five years. The University is also in the top 5% of all globally ranked institutions for research impact, meaning their research is among some of the most influential in the world.

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