The UNSW Bachelor of Music is a four-year degree that prepares students to pursue a career in music while developing in an area of speciality. All applicants must complete an audition to gain entry to the Bachelor of Music program.

As a music student at UNSW, you can explore and develop your talents in a diverse range of musical genres, as a solo performer, as a composer, as an electronic artist, and in traditional and modern ensembles. You can choose a music specialisation including creative practice, pedagogy, sonic arts and musicology. No matter what music you specialise in — or what new sounds you discover along the way — at UNSW, you'll become a music maker who is progressive, diverse and globally engaged.

Intellectually & Artistically Comprehensive

As part of one of Australia’s leading universities, located in the centre of a vibrant campus, you will experience a supportive and inspiring environment in which your talent and passion for music will reach their full potential.

You'll study under world-class performers and scholars. In a program of rigorous and exciting courses, you’ll investigate music, musicianship and musicology. We have more than 20 ensembles including the UNSW Symphony Orchestra, the Collegium Musicum Choir, a range of jazz ensembles, New Music Ensemble, Chinese Music Ensemble, Balinese Gamelan, Tango Ensemble, Bulgarian Voices, the Wind Symphony. You can explore and perform experimental and modern music, electronic music and even studio recording.

Love What You Do

Your Career

Our graduates finish their Bachelor of Music degree with a diverse range of skills in performance, ensemble skills and professional practice, musicianship, and musicology. Our students have taken their music to compete internationally at prestigious competitions overseas as well as in Australia.

We'll help ensure your future in the changing world of music by enabling you to explore music in interdisciplinary contexts including ethnomusicology, film, production, teaching and immersive media. Our graduates work in the following fields:

  • Performance
  • Arranging and composing
  • Academia
  • Classroom music teaching
  • Private teaching
  • Soundtrack production
  • Audio engineering
  • Arts management
  • Sound design
  • Broadcasting
  • Music journalism

Students can choose from the following major:

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What Our Students Say

Leah Curtis

“I was drawn to UNSW Music by many things. The experience of studying at an international university and pursuing an exchange with travel was so compelling. The impact of individual lessons with new instrumental teachers, the chance to learn to conduct while on exchange and the capacity to study subjects of great interest to me in addition to music were components that a large established university setting could offer. I wanted to further explore English, Psychology, and Contemporary Music Performance, and these experiences have all enlivened and influenced my creative work and approach.”

– Leah Curtis, UNSW Music alumni, Composer and Music Producer

You can find more information on this degree including entry requirements on the UNSW Degree Finder.

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Double degree options

Our double degrees enable you to broaden your opportunities and study different areas simultaneously.