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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 Industry - 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
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    Applied Music - 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
    January, May, September
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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
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    Music: Music Performance - 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
    January, August
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    Arts: Music - BA University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,074 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,000 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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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
    9,510 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,510 USD

    Start date
    January, February, June, August, September
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    Music - AA Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,681 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,383 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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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
    January, June, August
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    Music (Transfer Pathway) - AA St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Music - AA Santa Monica College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,048 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,048 USD

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    January, February, June, August
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Diploma in music

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    Advancing University Studies: Music - DipAdvUniStud University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,097 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,035 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    Music Therapy Studies Foundation - UGDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,042 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,559 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,500 AUD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,896 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in music

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    Music Industry Studies - 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
    January, June, August
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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
    11,078 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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    Arts (Thesis): Music - MA (Thesis) University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,798 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,000 NZD

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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    Music Therapy - MMus University of Limerick, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,648 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,173 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Music Industry Innovation and Enterprise (Platform One or Waterbear) - MMus University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,059 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,600 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Music - MA University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,582 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,086 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Music Studies - MMus University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    25,323 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,656 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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Doctorate in music

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    Music - PhD University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,524 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,950 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Music - PhD University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,836 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

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

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    Arts: Music - PGDipArts University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,529 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,200 NZD

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    January, February
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    Music - PGDip University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,383 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,516 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Music - GradDipArts University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,875 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,048 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Music Industry Arts - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,148 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,136 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in music

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    Music - PGCert University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,191 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,758 AUD

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,787 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,492 CAD

    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.