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Bachelor of Music with Honours - BMus(Hons)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Victoria University of Wellington


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.

Workload and duration

You'll study intensively for one year over two trimesters and complete 120 points. You can also do the BMus(Hons) part time over a maximum of four years. You can start studying in either the first trimester or second trimester of the year.

If you are studying full time, you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students will need to do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working.

You can estimate your workload by adding up the number of points you'll be doing. One point is roughly equal to 10–12 hours' work.

Diverse options

Select from a wide range of courses - you might focus on composing film music, solo jazz performance or accompanying, or choose to study music ethnography or history. Music Studies, Musicology, 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 (Academic): minimum overall score of 6.0 with no sub-score below 5.5; or,
TOEFL: minimum overall score of 80 (internet-based test); or,
Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 50 (with a 'Communicative score' of not less than 42); or,
EAP: minimum final scores of 4,4,4,3.

Application Deadlines - Trimester 1: 1 Dec and Trimester 2: 1 May.

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