Why study the Bachelor of Music (Honours)

The Bachelor of Music (Honours) is intended for students wishing to pursue a professional career in music, and integrates the development of practical skills with theoretical and historical musical knowledge, culminating in advanced research training in their chosen Music Honours field. Graduates of the program are equipped for professional careers in music and to undertake postgraduate studies in their chosen Music Honours field.


  • Program code
  • 723002
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements


Queensland Year 12 English and audition/interview; a pass in a test of practical ability and musicianship skills.*

* Note: Selection is based on audition, interview and academic results.OP/Entry Rank cut-offs do not apply.

For more information about the audition process (including closing dates and the application form) please visit the School of Music website

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Music (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Music (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.


Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Dual programs

Dual programs let you study two degrees at the same time. Each dual program has a single set of Program Rules.

The following dual programs are available with the Bachelor of Music (Honours):

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Music (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs


The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelor of Music (Honours).

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.


Composition students receive weekly individual tuition. Opportunities are available for the performance of student works in practical class and ensemble concerts. Students also have access to the School's electronic studio. Graduates work as professional composers or arrangers.

Music Learning

This major provides a wide choice of courses to suit individual student's interests across music pedagogy, conducting, aural studies, musicology, music technology and popular music. Graduates with this major find employment in educational contexts, music journalism, arts administration and in librarianship.


This area includes a wide range of studies in music history, techniques, ethnomusicology, historical performance practice, and music analysis. Graduates of musicology find work in music lecturing, research, criticism, journalism, music programming, arts administration or librarianship.


Students receive individual tuition on their instrument or voice, in addition to ensemble preparation. Areas of study include chamber music, performance practices, music career skills and entrepreneurship. Practical skills are engaged through master classes, student performances, debates, lectures and seminars on performance related topics. Career opportunities for graduates are in solo, chamber, orchestral and vocal performance, or accompanying.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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