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The Bachelor of Music (BMus) is a four-year, full-time degree that offers intensive pre-professional training in one of four specialisations: Music Creative Practice, Musicology, Sonic Arts, and Music Pedagogy. The first 1.5 years are common to all specialisations. All BMus candidates receive individual performance tuition (or composition tuition on approval) for the first two years of the program. Music Pedagogy candidates receive additional individual performance tuition in year three of the program and Music Creative Practice candidates receive additional individual performance tuition (or composition tuition) in years three and four of the program.

Music Creative Practice students may specialise in performance or composition in a self-selected musical style or tradition, including Jazz or World Music on approval. Musicology provides a highly academic focus on studies in Historical Musicology, Ethnomusicology, Music Analysis or the Psychology of Music. Sonic Arts develops technical and creative skills in Electro-Acoustic music and Sound Design and provides links with Media Studies at UNSW. Music Pedagogy provides a course of study in studio teaching with an emphasis on practical application and preparation for further study in music education. All specialisations include extensive training in developing musicianship skills and ensemble performance, which is supported by a variety of large and small, Western and Non-Western Music ensembles.

The BMus can be completed full-time in single mode (normally four years) and in Dual mode (the equivalent of three years full-time) or part-time. High-achieving students with a minimum WAM of 70 may, at the completion of all requirements for levels 1-3 apply to transfer to the Bachelor of Music (Honours) 3440.

The BMus has a depth component and a breadth component. Students enrolled in single mode do both the depth and breadth component while students enrolled in Dual mode only complete the depth component. Dual mode enables students to complete a degree in music and another degree.

The Depth component is:

  1. The completion of core courses (102 UOC - 114 UOC )
  2. The completion of a stream including the Gateway course (6 UOC) and two Stream courses (12 UOC)
  3. The completion of two Prescribed Music Electives (12 UOC - 24 UOC)

The Breadth component is:

  1. Prescribed Faculty Electives (12 UOC)
  2. Free Electives (24 UOC)
  3. General Education (12 UOC)

Note: Single mode students intending to transfer to the Honours program must complete all level 1-3 core courses and Stream course requirements as well as all breadth course requirements before proceeding to level 4. A minimum WAM of 70 is required for entry to the Honours program.


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Study Level


Typical duration

4 Years

Delivery Mode


Intake Period

Term 1

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Bachelors Pass


Bachelor of Music - BMus

UAC Code




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Program Structure

Students must complete 192 UOC as a standalone program.

  1. Musicology Core (42 UOC)
  2. Musicianship Core (24 UOC - 4 courses)
  3. Performance Laboratory Core (48 UOCs for MCP major and 36 UOCs for non-MCP majors)
  4. Major Gateway Course (6 UOC)
  5. Major Courses (12 UOC)
  6. Prescribed Music Electives (12 UOC for MCP major and  24 UOC for non-MCP majors)
  7. Arts and Social Sciences Prescribed Electives (12 UOC)
  8. Free Electives (24 UOC)
  9. General Education (12 UOC)

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Specialisation Declaration

You must specify your major at the time of enrolment into Level 2.

Academic Writing & Language Enhancement

ARTS2050 Academic Writing for the Humanities (6 UOC) and HUMS1005 Personalised English Language Enhancement (6 UOC) can be counted as UNSW Arts and Social Sciences Prescribed Electives or Free Electives.

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Recognition of Prior Learning
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University Medal

Award of Pass with Distinction

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