The Music degree is your opportunity to develop your theoretical and practical skills to the highest standards in performing, composing, improvising, researching, producing and teaching. Students benefit from our creative and contemporary environment, which includes purpose-built facilities, diverse performance opportunities and courses taught by leading academics in the field. In addition to core courses in performance, musicianship and musicology and extensive training in ensemble skills and professional practice you will also study one of four specialist music streams: music creative practice, music inquiry, sonic arts or music pedagogy.

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  • Music

Degree Structure

Music streams

Music Creative Practice:

Intensive training in performance or composition in a self-selected musical style or tradition, including classical, jazz and world music.

Music Inquiry:

Intensive training in historical musicology, ethnomusicology or the psychology of music. Music Inquiry enables students to develop excellence in theoretical and critical subjects, music from various styles, genres and cultures, and in a comprehensive range of ensemble practices.

Sonic Arts:

Focuses on the use of sound as a means for a broad-range of creative investigations and applications. Students gain foundational skills and knowledge in sound recording and processing, post production techniques, digital sound manipulation, acoustics, and psychoacoustics in preparation for advanced applications of sound in various media and genres, such as, film and video production, sound installations, sound art, and electronic-based composition.

Music Pedagogy:

Offers extensive pre-professional training in musicianship, musicology, ensemble performance, pedagogical methods, and educational and motivational psychology specifically for studio music teaching. This stream requires the study of leading pedagogical practices through lectures, seminars, workshops, observation and practice.

Assignments and self-directed projects will provide opportunities for developing teacher modelling skills and best practices for the studio-teaching environment.

Graduates in all four major streams may also continue with study in music education.


All applicants must complete an audition to gain entry to the Bachelor of Music program.

Audition information and the online application form can be found on the School of the Arts and Media website.

Applicants are expected to have reached the level of at least Grade 7 AMEB Performance (or equivalent) and 2 Unit Music course 2 or 3 Unit Extension or Grade 6 AMEB Musicianship (or equivalent).

Degree Handbook

Double degree options

Dual mode (144 UOC) made up of

Musicology Core (42 UOC - 7 courses)

Musicianship Core (24 UOC - 4 courses)

Performance Laboratory Core (48 UOC - 8 courses)

Stream Gateway Course (6 UOC - 1 course)

Stream Courses (12 UOC - 2 courses)

Prescribed Music Electives (12 UOC - 2 courses)

Dual mode is available in 3446 Music/Education (Secondary), 3452 Music/Arts, 3457 Music/Science, 3458 Music/Advanced Science, 3766 Music/Engineering (Honours), 3460 Music/Commerce, 3463 Music/Media (PR & Advertising), 3464 Music/Media (Screen & Sound Production), 3465 Music/Media (Communication & Journalism) and 4774 Music/Law.

Studying music in the Bachelor of Arts

Students can also study Music in the Bachelor of Arts (BA).

The BA does not require an audition and two streams of study are available:

Music Studies is for students with less formal training in music who wish to gain a general degree in music, one that explores music as part of the Liberal Arts.

Music Studies Extension provides a more comprehensive range of prescribed music courses. This stream is normally undertaken concurrently with the Bachelor of Education for students wishing to gain a professional secondary teaching qualification in Music and also in a second teaching specialisation.

Career Opportunities

  • Musician
  • Studio and classroom teacher
  • Arts administrator/manager
  • Arts event manager
  • Arts advocate
  • Arts journalist
  • Sound designer
  • Roles in the music-recording and film industries


Performance opportunities in the Bachelor of Music include a diverse array of solo and ensemble work, as well as interaction with the Universitys high profile ensemble in residence, the Australia Ensemble.

Vocational placements

Our Music students have the option to enrol in an elective internship through the Arts & Social Sciences Vocational Placement (Internship) course.

The program provides an exciting opportunity to put theory into practice and gain valuable professional experience.

Overseas exchange program

As one of Australias most international universities, UNSW offers you the opportunity to spend a term or more overseas studying at one of our partner institutions as part of your music degree.

UNSW manages a large and active exchange program with over 200 different student exchange opportunities in 38 countries.


High performing students in the Bachelor of Music have the option to complete the fourth year of the program as an Honours year. Honours is an intensive study program that provides the opportunity to engage in specialised and extended research, to further develop research and analytical skills and expand graduate options.

Find Your Career Match

At UNSW Arts & Social Sciences we want you to love what you do - and that means choosing a degree that will help you secure a job you love.

Find out which careers suit your personality type best and how we can help you get there.

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Assumed Knowledge

Applicants are expected to have reached the level of at least Grade 7 AMEB Performance (or equivalent) and Music 2; or Grade 6 AMEB Musicianship (or equivalent); or HSC Music Extension

Entry requirements

2020 Lowest Selection Rank 1

80.00 + Audition

2021 Guaranteed Entry 2

80.00 + Audition

2020 A levels 3

13 + Audition

2020 IB Diploma 4
2020 Lowest ATAR 5


1. 2020 Lowest Selection Rank

The 2020 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2020.

2. 2021 Guaranteed Entry

Find more information on Guaranteed Entry here.

3. 2020 A levels

The 2020 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.

4. 2020 IB Diploma

The 2020 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2020. It is to be used as a guide only.

5. 2020 Lowest ATAR

The 2020 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.

Additional selection criteria

All applicants must complete an online assessment and audition to gain entry to a Bachelor of Music program. Online assessment and audition information and the online application form can be found on the Bachelor of Music auditions website. Applicants are expected to have reached the level of at least Grade 7 AMEB Performance (or equivalent) and 2 Unit Music course, 2 or 3 Unit Extension or Grade 6 AMEB Musicianship (or equivalent).

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


Commonwealth Supported Place, Student Contribution Band 2

*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year.

The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included.

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