1. The Personal Programmes of Study Regulations apply in these regulations.


  1. Candidates for the Degree must have
    1. qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Music with Honours of the University of Waikato with at least second class honours (second division), or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, and
    2. satisfied the prerequisites for graduate study in Music, at levels considered appropriate by the Academic Board, and
    3. been accepted by the Chairperson of Music.
  2. In exceptional circumstances, based on academic merit and relevant experience, candidates who do not meet the requirements of section 2 of these regulations may be considered for admission subject to the completion of any qualifying papers the Academic Board may prescribe which must be completed either prior to or concurrently.
  3. Acceptance into the Degree is subject to the availability of a suitable supervisor for the programme of study required under section 7 of these regulations.

Requirements for the Degree

  1. The normal minimum period of enrolment for completion of the Degree is one year.
  2. Candidates must enrol in the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences and follow an approved programme of study.
  3. Candidates must gain 120 points at 500 level or above, comprising either
    1. MUSIC514 Composition Portfolio, or
    2. MUSIC524 Advanced Performance, or
    3. MUSIC525 Advanced Opera Studies
  4. A candidate whose work presented for the Degree under section 7 of these regulations is considered by examiners not to be of a pass standard will have his or her work returned for resubmission at a later date.

Award of Honours

  1. The Degree may be awarded with
    1. First Class Honours, or
    2. Second Class Honours (first division), or
    3. Second Class Honours (second division).
  2. A candidate who has resubmitted his or her work under the provision of section 8 of these regulations will not be eligible for the award of honours.
  3. Except with the approval of the Academic Board, the level of honours will be calculated on the basis of the grades of the first 120 points completed by the candidate while enrolled for the Degree, including any failed paper.


  1. The Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Division or delegated authority may vary or waive these regulations in individual cases.