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Postgraduate Diploma in Music (PGDipMus)

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Apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Music (PGDipMus) through the Dunedin campus in 2022

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Music (PGDipMus) requires one year of full-time or its equivalent in part-time study. It is intended for students who are composers or performers or both.

Candidates for the Diploma are required to have been admitted to the Bachelor of Music (MusB) degree, or have the status of one who is entitled to proceed to the diploma.

The diploma contains 400-level papers worth at least 120 points including at least one of MUSI 431 (Composition Portfolio) and MUSI 441 (Performance 4).

The Postgraduate Diploma in Music equips graduates for careers in music performance, composition, theatre, music education, technology and the media.

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Programme requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Music (PGDipMus)


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Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Music (PGDipMus)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).
    2. Every applicant shall either
      1. have been admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Music, or
      2. have been admitted with the status of one who is entitled to proceed to the diploma.

  2. Subjects of Study

    The diploma may be awarded in Composition, or Performance.

  3. Structure of the Programme

    1. Every programme shall comprise 400-level Music papers worth a total of 120 points: one of MUSI 431, 432, 441, 446, and three of MUSI 401, 407, 442, 471, 486.
    2. Any required dissertation or research project must be submitted no later than 1 November.

  4. Prerequisites, Corequisites and Restrictions

    Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements for prerequisites, corequisites and restrictions which are set out in the Prescriptions (published in the Guide to Enrolment).

  5. Duration of the Programme

    The programme may be taken by full-time candidates in one year, or by part-time candidates over more than one year. Any paper in which a candidate is enrolled in any year shall be examined in that year.

  6. Level of Award of the Diploma

    The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  7. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

    Note: The due date for applications for first enrolment in the programme is 10 December. Late applications will be considered.

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