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Bachelor of  Music (Honours)

Program code: 2355
QTAC code: 723002
CRICOS code: 081642F


St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)

Compose, play, research or teach. The Bachelor of Music (Honours) will provide you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to forge a successful career in music.

  • This four-year program provides an in-depth musical education to those who want to excel in their chosen instrument and develop a thorough knowledge of music history, theory and research.
  • Undertake study in your chosen instrument or voice to develop your technique and ability to perform. You'll also study a range of additional courses that cover different aspects of music.
  • Benefit from a flexible program structure. After your first two years, you can choose to specialise in; two majors, one extended major or one major and one minor.
  • Graduate with the knowledge, leadership, and technical skills that will set you apart in your music career and provide a pathway to future research or learning.

Find yourself musically in this boutique university experience. Be part of a school that is driven to create leaders in performance, composition and research.

  • Why study

    Join a vibrant culture

    UQ's School of Music is one of Australia’s leading music departments, and has a long tradition of encouraging and developing success. The school also regularly engages with the community through its public programs, concert series and performances.

  • Employability

    Be a leader

    When you graduate with a UQ honours qualification, you'll have the skills and knowledge to stand out as a leader in your field. Many of our honours graduates continue their passion for research and knowledge by pursuing further postgraduate studies.

  • Why study

    Internationally renowned staff

    Work with staff and alumni who are nationally and internationally acclaimed as performers, teachers and composers. The school also has strong partnerships with major Australian performance organisations.

  • Alumni

    Hear from UQ music graduate Tim Munro


Majors for this program

There are 5 majors available in the Bachelor of Music (Honours).

View all majors for this program

Career outcomes

Graduates are distinguished by their advanced practical skills, theoretical knowledge, and research skills, which make them versatile music professionals.

Graduates typically work as:

  • composers
  • conductors
  • professional musicians
  • music teachers
  • music education programmers
  • music journalists, writers or reviewers
  • artist managers
  • record label administrators
  • festival / events administrators
  • music therapists (with further study).

Other graduates choose to further their research ambitions and enrol in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program, where they continue developing their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience – UQ Abroad

    We strongly encourage our students to spend time abroad with one of our international partner universities to diversify their knowledge and experience. Partner universities include the University of Wisconsin, University College London, and the National University of Singapore.

    Find out more
  • Research

    Research excellence

    The School of Music is home to the Creative Collaboratorium, which brings together strengths in music composition, research and performance. 

  • Alumni
    The best thing about my program was being able to study with the flute lecturer, Patrick Nolan. His nurturing and supportive approach paired with a thorough understanding of flute pedagogy and a meticulous ear for flute playing left me inspired and energised after every lesson to keep honing my craft. The four years spent soaking up every word from him, armed me with the tools that make me the flute player I am today. Cassie Slater, Bachelor of Music (Honours)
    Flautist - Currently studying at the Australian National Academy of Music


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.


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

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Music (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about the admissions process

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:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.


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.


Students in the Composition major receive individual or small-group tuition to develop and realise their musical ideas. The major focuses on analytical as well as creative activities, alongside the study of selected repertoire. Students are encouraged to perform and present their works in practical classes and ensemble concerts, and also have access to the School's electronic studio.

Career outcomes

Composition graduates usually work as professional composers or arrangers.

Music Learning

Students in the Music Learning major develop wide-ranging musical skills and knowledge to prepare them for careers as music teachers, or music generalists. Students are provided with a mix of courses to suit their interests. Courses cover topics including Indigenous Australian peoples and their music making; choral and instrumental conducting skills; relevant musicianship and performance skills for music education settings; and practical composition and improvisation skills for the classroom.

Career outcomes

Music Learning graduates typically work in education (often with further study), or use their knowledge to find employment as arts journalists, arts administrators or librarians.


Musicology students complete scholarly studies in music history, music analysis, historical performance practice, and techniques of Renaissance and Baroque counterpoint. Because Musicology is a research-oriented discipline, the major also includes an individual musicology research project, which students complete in addition to their final-year thesis.

Career outcomes

Because musicology is research based, many of our Musicology major graduates continue their studies and enrol in postgraduate Master's or PhD programs. Graduates also work in academia, education, research, criticism, journalism, music programming, arts administration and librarianship.


Students in the Performance major receive individual or small-group tuition on their instrument or voice to develop all the musical skills and techniques expected of a professional musician. Courses aim to develop high-level stylistic and interpretive skills, knowledge of repertoire and score reading, and critical listening skills. Social skills and knowledge of group dynamics are also developed during courses that focus on chamber music performance.

Career outcomes

Performance graduates typically contribute to solo, chamber, orchestral and vocal performance, or accompaniment.

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

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $34,800
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Music (Honours) for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Some courses may incur additional costs such as piano accompaniment.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Music (Honours) depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, a good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a “course” we call a "program".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Music (Honours) is:

  • Audition application closing dates are listed on the "Application for Audition" form at
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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