Music Degree

A student looking to study a degree in music should have at least some experience of your chosen instrument or specialisation. A music degree is perfect for any student who is passionate about music, and wishes to further their theoretical and practical knowledge.

Highlighted courses and degrees in music

Coursework

As a music student, you will not only study the practical training of your instrumental skills, you will also develop your knowledge of musical theory. This might include music history, performance, arrangement, harmony and music technology.

Your degree will be delivered in a mixture of modes. These could include lectures and seminars, as well as practical projects and performance opportunities. There may be an option for you to participate in a work placement, but this is not guaranteed.

Specialisations

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. This specialisation can be a chance to experience different elements of studying music, and potentially influence your future career. Common specialisations include:

  • Music Education
  • Composition
  • Music Therapy
  • Film Scoring
  • Music Production and Engineering
  • Genre Specialisations (e.g. Jazz, Classical, etc.)

If your degree requires you to write a dissertation or participate in a final project, this will give you the chance to further explore a chosen area of music.

Accreditation and Certification

The accreditation of your degree will depend on where you choose to study. Different countries can have different accreditation systems. Typically, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of the Arts (BA), or a Bachelor of Music (BMus).

Timeframe and Further Studies

An undergraduate degree in music will normally take three to four years. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years when studied full-time.

Once you have successfully completed your undergraduate degree, you can choose to either seek employment in your chosen area, or further your studies. Continuation of your studies could be in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or PhD, or a graduate certificate or diploma.

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Entry Requirements for Degrees in Music

The entry requirements for a music degree will depend on where you choose to study. Requirements can vary greatly from institution to institution. Some universities might require you to sit an entrance exam, where others may rely on previous exam results. Some universities may prefer you to have studied certain subjects, and others may consider previous relevant work experience.

For entry onto a music degree, you may be required to have studied your instrument to a certain level, and you may have to attend an audition as part of your admission process. Recommendations from music professionals may also be required, and these can be requested from your music teacher or trainer.

You should check each institution to see what entry requirements they have for their music programmes.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you may want to consider a pathway course.

Typical entry requirements:

  • UK6.5 IELTS
  • US3.0 GPA

Fund Your Studies

Tuition fees for international students are not fixed. This means that they can be different at each institution. You should make sure that you are aware of how much your course will cost you.

You may be eligible for a scholarship or funding. This could be awarded by your institution, or by a separate funding body. For more information, visit our scholarships and funding section.

Typical course fees (per year):

  • UK£15,000
  • US$50,000

Career Options

Studying for a music degree will allow you to hone your instrument specific skills, and improve your ability practically and theoretically. You will be able to pursue a career in private teaching, performing and working on your own music. As well as this, you could work in the management of professional musicians, work in radio, or in sound production.

However, you would not be limited to working in music. The wide range of transferable skills gained throughout your degree will mean that you can find employment in many different sectors. You will have developed skills in critical reflection, self-management, creative thinking, organisation, and effective communication, both orally and written.

Suggested countries to study in

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