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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.

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

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Music study abroad programs

Music undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in music

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    Music Education: Instrumental - BMusEd 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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    Music Therapy - BA Indiana Wesleyan University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,184 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,184 USD

    Start date
    May, September, January
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    Choral Music - BME Baylor University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,544 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,544 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Music: Music - BM Marywood University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    35,534 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,534 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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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
    22,783 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,900 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Associate in music

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    Music Industry Studies - AA Diablo Valley College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,304 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,304 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Fine Arts: Music - AFA Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,510 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,510 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January
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    Music - AA Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,421 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Music - ADT Riverside City College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,500 USD

    Start date
    June, August, February
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    Music - AA College of Southern Nevada, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,048 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,048 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January
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Diploma in music

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    Music - UGDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,421 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Music Business Administration (Montreal) - Dip Trebas Institute, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,215 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,700 CAD

    Start date
    May, September, January
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    Music Industry (Sound Production), Advanced - AdvDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,190 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,500 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Music Industry Arts and Performance - OCADip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,325 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in music

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    Modern Music: Bass - Cert Visible Music College, USA
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    • Part-time

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    10 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,500 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Digital Marketing and Music Management - Cert HE The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,574 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Music - Cert Laney College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January
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    Music - Cert Cuesta College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,650 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,650 USD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,587 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,200 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Music graduate programs

Master's in music

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    Commercial Music - Dual BA (Hons)/MA Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's/Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,624 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,450 GBP

    Start date
    January
    Show program overview about Commercial Music
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    Music Therapy - MMus University of Limerick, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,107 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,800 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Music - MM Central Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,652 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,652 USD

    Start date
    September, January
    Show program overview about Music
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    Music: Instrumental/Choral Conducting - MM California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,620 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,620 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Music - MM Rowan University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,400 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,400 USD

    Start date
    September, January
    Show program overview about Music

Doctorate in music

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    Music Education - PhD University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,770 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,770 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Music Education

Diploma in music

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    Music Industry Arts - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,522 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,136 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Music Industry Arts

Certificate in music

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    Music - GradCert Ulster University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    10 months
    Annual tuition fee
    5,822 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,830 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Music Scoring for Screen and Stage - PGCert Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,735 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,492 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Secondary Music - PGCert Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,032 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,300 GBP

    Start date
    January, February
    Show program overview about Secondary Music

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.