Studying music develops practical, theoretical and academic skills alongside the self-discipline necessary for focused and specialist study. Specific employability skills, preparing you for work, are embedded into modules across the degree.
Our music graduates are well qualified to enter a range of careers throughout the music profession, cultural sector and in music education. Music graduates are also sought after by other employers because of their wide range of transferable skills.
Official records show that Kingston University music graduates do very well following graduation – typically more than 90 per cent are in employment or further study within six months of completing their first degree. Positions our graduates have achieved include: musician, music teacher, director of music, radio internship, DJ, music studio internship, music loans officer, sales negotiator and account executive; while some have become employers themselves.
Kingston University has a thriving postgraduate music portfolio, with many students continuing to further study such as a MMus, MA or PhD.
Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.
Name: Jonathan Andre
Course: Music BMus
"I've been interested in music my whole life and I knew it was what I wanted to study. I visited Kingston on an open day and it seemed a nice place to be. The surroundings were great and I liked what the course offered. The courses explore lots of different aspects of music and you get to know areas such as technology and composing.
"The lecturers were friendly and approachable. The teaching was of a very good standard and I never struggled to understand or was afraid to ask questions. Even if it's out of teaching hours, you could knock on lecturers' doors and they were happy to help you.
"My interest has always been in performance so that was the aspect of the course that interested me most. It was broken down to its rawest form so you could fully understand it. The highlight of the course was when a group of us sang at the Royal Albert Hall. That was really fun.
"I really enjoyed my time at Kingston. I learnt so much about the whole subject of music and things about myself as well."
In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate.
As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:
In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.
If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni. Here are some courses that might interest you: