Program Overview

The UNSW Bachelor of Music is a four-year degree that will prepare you to pursue a career in music, while developing expertise in an area of speciality.

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 or 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.

To gain entry to the Bachelor of Music program, you must complete an audition.



  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 41,380


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90

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The Bachelor of Music consists of 28 courses and can be completed in four-years full-time. In addition to courses in core music skills and knowledge, the program offers intensive pre-professional training in one of four specialisations:

  • Music Creative Practice | Intensive pre-professional training in performance or composition.

  • Musicology | Studies in historical musicology, ethnomusicology and the psychology of music.

  • Sonic Arts | Develop foundational technical, aesthetic and theatrical skills in sound.

  • Music Pedagogy | Specialist study in studio music teaching and preparation for further music education studies.

Depending on which specialisation you choose, the program will include:

  • 15 Core courses (including Musicology, Musicianship and Performance Laboratory courses)

  • 3 Courses from your chosen specialisation

  • 2 Music electives

  • 2 Prescribed faculty electives

  • 4 Free electives

  • 2 General education courses

    Each university year at UNSW has three terms and an optional summer study period.

    Some courses need to be studied in your first and second year, so you’re prepared for courses that can only be studied in later years. You can study full-time or part-time. Depending on how you plan your study load, you can fit two or three courses into a term and one course in a summer term.

    Below is an example of what you could study in a standard four-year, full-time study plan.

    First year

  • 5 Music core courses

  • 1 General education course

  • 1 Free elective

Second year

  • 4 Music core courses

  • 1 General education course

Third year

  • 1 Music core courses

  • 2 Prescribed faculty electives

  • 2 Free electives

  • 2 Electives from your specialisation

Fourth year

  • 4 Music core courses

  • 1 Music core course or 2 music electives (depending on your specialisation)

  • 2 Music electives

  • 1 Free elective

  • 1 Elective from your chosen specialisation


Direct entry requirement

All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE)


Indian School Certificate (CISCE)


India State Board


Great Britain General Certificate of Education (GCE A levels)


International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)


Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) (after 2016)



Applicants will be assessed on a combination of higher school academic results, portfolio submission and an interview.

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • English language tests and university English courses

  • Prior study in the medium of English

  • Other qualifications

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. 

IELTS 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

TOEFL 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)


2022 Indicative First Year Fee


2022 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


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