The BMus in Music is designed for students who wish to develop a deep understanding of music in the broadest sense whilst honing their specialist skills to professional standards. Staff with international reputations in performance, composition and musicology provide training that enables young musicians fully to exploit their talents. The degree includes studies in musicianship, harmony, music history and a range of associated skills that provide a well-rounded set of transferable skills such as problem-solving, communication and teamwork. This ensures that graduates in music are equally employable in graduate jobs as they are in musical careers.
Music Degree highlights
QS World University Ranking recently placed Queen's University Belfast in the top 50 universities worldwide for the performing arts.
- Students may opt to spend a semester studying abroad. The School has links with a number of international institutions including National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, University of Groningen, Escola Superior de M��sica e Artes do Espet��culo do Porto and Instituto Politecnico do Porto.
- The School is an Avid Learning Partner and Avid-accredited courses in Pro Tools for music and audio production are embedded into the curriculum.
- The School benefits from strong industry partnerships including BBC NI, Ulster Orchestra, Opera NI, Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble, Cathedral Arts Festival, Moving on Music, Diatribe Records, DTS and Dolby.
World Class Facilities
- The Music Department at Queen's is one of the best equipped in the UK. Our music degrees are housed in two striking buildings: the elegant, historical Music building; and the world-leading Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC). SARC contains the unique Sonic Lab, a concert hall with variable acoustics and facilities for immersion in 360-degree sound. The Music building houses the Harty Room, a concert hall that is regularly used for public performances. The department also houses state-of-the-art recording studios (for both 'pop' and 'classical' music), plus studios for surround sound and post production. There are also a large number of practice rooms, including three acoustically isolated rooms, and three suites of iMac computers.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Many of our staff are leading international experts in their fields of research. Additionally, the School employs a number Industry Fellows - internationally renowned professionals in their fields of composition, performance, song-writing, sound engineering and music production.
- Northern Ireland has an exceptional track record for producing outstanding musical talent and has a unique identity within the global music industry. Belfast is the creative hub of the Northern Irish music industry and students on this programme will contribute to the vibrant musical life of both the University and the wider city.
me to reach my goal of being a performer one day myself."
Hannah Murray, Third Year BMus Music (2017)
The programme prepares students for a wide range of possible career paths and graduates in Music at Queen's have found success throughout the UK and internationally in both musical and non-musical careers including orchestral playing, opera singing, solo artist careers, performance, composition, teaching, media employment and arts administration. Others regularly move into a wide range of graduate employments such as accountancy, banking, publishing and marketing.
Employment after the Course
Graduates in Music at Queen's have found success throughout the UK and internationally, in both musical and non-musical careers. Our graduates have worked as professional musicians in a wide range of specialisms, including orchestral playing, opera singing, solo artist careers, and composition. Many of our graduates have enjoyed successful careers in teaching and arts administration. Many graduates have used the distinctions of a Bmus from Queen's to enter into non-music graduate careers.
Colin Stark - member of Ulster Orchestra
Niamh McGowan - Ulster Orchestra
Chris Day, professional trombonist in Germany
Eugene Montieth, conductor
Marcella Walsh - singer, Scottish Opera
Elaine Pelan - singer
Nathan Morrison - singer
David Stockard - performer and composer
Paul McBride - school headmaster
Kevin Donnelly - project manager for Trocaire projects in Africa
The Stage 3 Work Placement course is an excellent opportunity for students to gain real-world employment experience. Some of the organisations our students have completed placements with include: The Mac, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast Music Society, Fleming Fulton Special Needs School, JAM (Junior Academy of Music), and a large number of local secondary and primary schools.
The programme prepares students for a wide range of possible career paths including performance, composition, teaching, media employment and arts administration. Music graduates regularly move into a wide range of graduate employments such as accountancy, banking, publishing and marketing. Companies and institutions currently employing our graduates include the BBC, UTV, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, EDRON Academy (Mexico City), Weller Media Agency, Start Together Studios, PSAV, The Mac, Pi Communications, The Nerve Centre, Steven's Institute of Technology, Trinity College Dublin, Queen's University Belfast and Ulster University.
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.