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Music degrees abroad

Music is a hugely broad subject that offers a number of specialisms and can cover performance, composition, production and theory. It is a creative subject that will allow passionate students to explore different genres, gain practical skills, and develop their own musical interests.

You can study music at universities, art colleges or a conservatoire, which specialize in performance based study programs. Music programs are available all over the world, so by studying abroad you’ll have a huge number of options to choose from.

Studying music abroad is a popular option for international students because it can mean learning a new approach to music. Every country has it’s own musical traditions and heritage, which can give you a new and unique perspective you wouldn’t get by studying at home.

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Music program structure

At undergraduate level you can study for a BA or a BMus (Bachelor of Music) over three or four years. BMus degrees often include more technical modules, with a concentration on performance, and BA programs can be more academic and theory focussed.

It’s possible to study music as a joint honours program with another subject, for example, music and English, or music and technology. If you choose to study at a liberal arts college, you can study music as a major or minor, alongside other subjects.

You can also study music at other levels including certificate, diploma, master’s and doctorate. At master’s level you can study for an MA or MMus over two or three years, and it’s also possible to earn a PhD in music which can take up to six years to complete.

Most music programs are taught through lectures, seminars and tutorials, but you also get individual tuition and workshops to develop your solo performance skills. Most universities give regular performances which you can take part in and some offer field trips to concerts. How you’ll be assessed will differ depending on the module, but they will usually include essays, exams and performances.

Music programs can cover a huge number of areas, genres and techniques, so the structure and content will never be the same, however here are some common modules you could study:

  • Music history
  • Music composition
  • Performance
  • Harmony and harmonic analysis
  • Orchestration
  • Music business
  • Music technology
  • Musicology
  • Music psychology

Types of music degrees

Music study abroad programs

Music undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in music

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    Acoustical Engineering and Music - BMus University of Hartford, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    45,144 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 45,144 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Arts Administration: Music - BA Marywood University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    37,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,700 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Arts administration: Music - BA Bishop's University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,575 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,006 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Audio Production: Music - BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) Rose Bruford College, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,034 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,735 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Music - BS/BA Campbellsville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,600 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Associate in music

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    Fine Arts: Music - AFA Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,655 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,655 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Music - AAS-T Big Bend Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,789 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,789 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Music - ASc Riverside City College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,440 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,440 USD

    Start date
    June, August, February
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    Music - AA Cuesta College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,288 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,288 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Music - AAOT Lane Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March
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Diploma in music

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    Music - Dip Vancouver Community College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,120 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,341 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Music (Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Performance) - PBDP University of Manitoba, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    15,511 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,400 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in music

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    Music - Cert Cuesta College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,288 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,288 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Music - Cert Laney College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,740 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,740 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Music: Introduction to Commercial Jazz (Bass) - Cert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,179 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,803 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Music graduate programs

Master's in music

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    Arts (Thesis): Music - MA (Thesis) University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,841 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,000 NZD

    Start date
    June, July, August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April, May
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    Interactive Sound and Music - MPhil Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,590 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,750 GBP

    Start date
    October, February, June
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    Music and Audio Production - MA Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,155 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,400 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Music  - MMus University of Alberta, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,270 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,410 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Master of Arts in Music, Emphasis Ethnomusicology (MA) - MA The University of British Columbia, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,886 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,500 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in music

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    Interactive Sound and Music - PhD Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,590 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,750 GBP

    Start date
    October, February, June
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    Music - PhD University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,179 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

    Start date
    June, July, August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April, May
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Certificate in music

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    Music - PGCE Ulster University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,299 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,320 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Future music careers

A music degree provides the perfect training for a wide range of careers both within and outside of the music industry. You will develop a number of transferable skills that employers value, including teamwork, communication and analytical skills.

Here are some of the most popular careers for music graduates:

  • Music producer
  • Music therapist
  • Orchestra musician
  • Music teacher
  • Orchestra administrator
  • Sound engineer/technician
  • Community arts worker
  • DJ

If you’re unsure what career path you want to follow after graduation, you can talk to the university’s career advice service. They can help you work out what roles might best suit you, and guide you on the best way to get your ideal job after graduation.