Where can a music degree take you?

Our graduates have achieved great success in the graduate job market in their chosen careers. 

Within the field of music, our graduates have worked with prestigious orchestras and music institutions, in the UK and globally. Graduates have also utilised transferable skills to forge careers in other fields, such as management and marketing.

Studying music at The University of Sheffield equips you with a broad range of skills which can open doors to many types of career. 

Careers in music

Careers in music

From the beginning of your course you are encouraged to think seriously about your future after graduation. By the middle of level two many students are teaching and performing locally, forging valuable contacts in the region.

Within the field of music, our graduates have worked for the Royal College of Music, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society, the Association of British Orchestras and the Royal Academy of Music.

Graduates have also pursued careers in recording engineering, audio programming, music research, instrument repair, artist/orchestral management, concerts coordination and music therapy. Teaching and lecturing are also popular career choices

Students in a studio

Other career pathways

Other career pathways

Within your degree you will develop many transferable skills. These skills can be utilised in a variety of roles and sectors.

You will learn to take a systematic perspective of music, critically analyse texts and work as a team. By the end of the course you will possess brilliant time management and interpersonal skills.

You will also have the chance to explore the science of sound and computer music production, honing your IT skills with the latest technology.

These skills have seen our students flourish in a range of careers, and not just in music. Graduates have gone on to work in management, marketing and government, to name just three.

Business meeting

Opportunities within your degree

BMus with Employment Experience 

On the BMus programme you have the option to take a placement year, spending a year in employment as a recognised part of the degree programme. 

BMus programme 

Study Abroad

During your undergraduate degree, you will have the chance to study for a full year at a university in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or the USA.

Study Abroad

Careers support during your studies

The University Careers Service offers extensive help to all students and provides a wide ranging programme of events each semester. This support is available up to three years after graduation.

The Careers Service also hosts a number of seminars specifically for music students, where there is the opportunity for a one-to-one interview with a Careers Service member of staff.

Careers Service Music careers

The careers service

Further information

Prospects offer useful information on how a degree in music can equip you with essential skills for the world of work. They also offer guidance on how to gain work experience and develop your CV.

Visit prospects.ac.uk