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Victoria University of Wellington


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Bachelor of Music with Honours - BMus(Hons)

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
2 trimesters
Start date: 22-February-2021
Victoria University of Wellington
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Enhance your Bachelor of Music with advanced study in your specialist subject area at postgraduate level.

Explore your area of musical interest in more detail and improve your career prospects with a BMus(Hons). Refine your research, writing and analytical skills while expanding your music skills and knowledge. An Honours year will also prepare you for Master's study and beyond.

Study at New Zealand's most prestigious music school and learn from world-class musicians and academics who are leaders in their fields.

If you have a B average or higher in your BMus and want to continue your music studies, then the BMus(Hons) is a good choice for you.

Available subjects

  • Arranging
  • Classical Performance
  • Composition/Sonic Arts
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Jazz Performance
  • Musicology
  • Music Studies

Diverse options

Choose from a range of specialist subject areas according to your academic background, interests and abilities—Arranging, Classical Performance, Composition/Sonic Arts, Ethnomusicology, Jazz Performance, Musicology or Music Studies. Each subject has its own entry requirements you'll need to have met before enrolling, and some require an audition or portfolio.

Select from a wide range of courses—you might focus on composing film music, solo jazz performance or accompanying, or choose to study New Zealand music or operatic criticism. Music Studies and Ethnomusicology pathways allow you to take a cross-disciplinary approach to your studies and choose complementary courses from outside Music. All subjects allow you to take some Music courses outside your specialist area.

Entry criteria

Bachelor of Music with a B range average and audition or portfolio (where applicable).

IELTS overall band of 6.0 with no sub-score below 5.5; TOEFL 80 on the internet-based test; A minimum of three ratings of 4 and one rating of 3 in the Victoria University of Wellington English Proficiency Programme (EPP) test; Pearson Test of English: score of 50 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 42).


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