Entry requirements

A postgraduate diploma can usually be taken at any time after the completion of your bachelor's degree.

If your first language is not English you need to meet our English language requirements as follows: IELTS score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0); we also accept a number of other English language tests. Due to COVID-19, we currently accept Duolingo English Test (DET), IELTS Indicator Test, and TOEFL iBT Special home Edition.

Don’t meet the English language requirements? The University of Otago Language Centre "English for Otago" programme offers a pathway for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Months of entry

February, July

Course content

The Postgraduate Diploma in Music (PGDipMus) requires one year of full-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.


  • MUSI 403 Community Project
  • MUSI 407 Seminal Works
  • MUSI 442 Repertoire Studies

One of:

  • MUSI 431 Composition Portfolio
  • MUSI 432 Studio Production
  • MUSI 441 Performance 4
  • MUSI 446 Contemporary Music Performance 4

Structure of the Programme

  • Every programme of study shall comprise 400-level Music papers worth a total of 120 points.
  • Any required dissertation or research project must be submitted no later than 1 November.

Information for international students

Otago offers students an unrivalled campus experience and a vibrant, social student culture. The majority of Otago’s 21,000 students live, work and play in Dunedin - New Zealand’s only true university city. Otago is home to over 3,000 students, from over 100 countries.

Fees and funding

International students
NZ $32,696

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip(Mus)
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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