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University of New England

Armidale , NSW ,Australia

Bachelor of Music with Honours

The Bachelor of Music with Honours program is designed to allow well-qualified graduates in Music or Music/Teaching to extend their studies by pursuing specialist Music research and creative portfolio projects. Students will work with a supervisor to pursue guided research in ethnomusicology, musicology, performance studies, popular music studies, or in the study of creative music-making principles and techniques in the areas of composition or music technology. Students complete their studies by presenting a dissertation, or research-informed exegesis and creative portfolio in their area of specialization. The course prepares students for postgraduate study and establishes a sound basis for a successful future career.

Campus Information


Living in Armidale you will experience the best of both city and rural living. Enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle with access to shopping, gourmet food, top sporting facilities and cultural delights all for a fraction of the price you'd expect to pay in a major city. You can live in the heart of Armidale or experience the tranquility of New England on a rural property.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

More Information Required
10 Days
Possible interview call from Institution
10 Days
Provisional or Conditional Offer
10 Days
Visa process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

When you successfully complete the Bachelor of Music with Honours you will be an advanced music practitioner and, depending on your area of specialization, will be qualified to thrive as a professional in careers such as: 

  • performance 
  • music production 
  • composition 
  • arranging 
  • private studio teaching 
  • artist management 
  • arts administration 
  • chamber/orchestral groups 
  • ethnomusicology 
  • event production 
  • festival or venue management 
  • music journalism 
  • musicology. 

PSW Opportunity

  • N/A

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

1. Admission to candidature shall be determined by the Head of School on the recommendation of the course coordinator.

2. Except as provided in Rule 3, a candidate for admission to the honors course shall:

  • (a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music) from the University of New England; and
  • (b) have attained a minimum grade point average of 5.0 (Credit); and
  • (c) have achieved 18 credit points at Distinction level or better in 300-level units in Music; and
  • (d) have passed units to the value of at least 60 credit points in Music, except that with the approval of the relevant Head of School, up to 12 credit points in another subject may be substituted; and
  • (e) have fulfilled any additional requirements prescribed and published by the school or area concerned.

3. With the approval of the Head of School, a person who has fulfilled the requirements of an equivalent AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification of a university or other institution and who meets requirements considered by the school to be equivalent to those specified in Rule 2 (b), (c), (d) and (e) may be admitted to the honors course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Music with Honours.

4. The candidate shall pursue a music topic for which the University can provide adequate supervision.