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What will I learn?

Our Bachelor of Music (Musicology) takes your contextual knowledge of music to the next level. You will:

explore different approaches to music research
gain keen aural and analytical skills
develop high-level understandings of music history and repertoire
analyse live and recorded music
build confidence in oral and written communication.

You can also pursue a wide range of studies in other areas. If you’re interested in performance you can take ensemble classes subject to audition.

Where could it take you?

You could continue on in academia or pursue work in music and arts journalism. You might work for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of fame in Ohio or archive in the Australian Jazz Museum. Perhaps you’ll publish a book about music and acculturation in First Nations communities.

Career Readiness

Completion of the Bachelor of Music in Musicology prepares students for a variety of career pathways in further education including honours and postgraduate studies in Musicology, as well as postgraduate qualifications in Arts Administration, Library Science, Education and other areas. Musicology graduates may pursue careers in music and arts journalism, academia, private music teaching, arts and cultural program administration and management, library science. The generic skills developed in Musicology are transferable and may also lead to careers in a wide variety of positions in community, industry, government, and business.

Potential careers

Music Educator, Music Historian, Music Librarian, Music Researcher, Music Theory Teacher, Cultural Heritage Officer, Entertainment Industry, Arts Administrator, Music Journalist / Music Critic, Broadcaster, Musicologist

Degree Structure

Musicology students are expected to have a background in basic music theory and will complete the same music theory and history supporting studies coursework undertaken by other Bachelor of Music students. Musicology students typically have some experience in classical, popular, jazz or other styles of music performance.

The Musicology major provides students with the following:

Understanding of the way that music 'works', not only as notes on a page or sounds in a recording, but as the basis of individual actions, social behaviour and expression in both Western and non-Western societies.
Understanding of the varied approaches to music research carried out by researchers in the co-disciplines of musicology/ethnomusicology and in related disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, and psychology.
Development of aural and analytical skills through assessed work in written critiques and analyses of live and recorded music.
Development of music-specific and general research skills related to planning essays as well as confidence in written and oral communication.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$35,000.00 (18,73,662) per year
COVID-19 OFFSHORE STUDY FEE REBATE: All continuing and commencing international students who are studying offshore and unable to travel to Australia due to border restrictions may be eligible for the rebate of up to 20%.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected March, July 2022


The University of Adelaide (UoA)

North Terrace Campus,


South Australia,

5005, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification. IELTS: Overall 6.5; Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing - 6; TOEFL Internet-based: Overall 79, Reading and Listening: 13, Speaking 18, Writing 21; Pearson – Overall 58, Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing - 50 and Cambridge - Overall 176, Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing – 169.

For international students

Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject.

English Language Requirements

IELTS: Overall 6.5 (Reading 6, Listening 6, Speaking 6, Writing 6); TOEFL: Internet-based: Total score of 79 with a minimum of 21 in Writing, 18 in Speaking and 13 in Reading and Listening; TOEFL Paper-based: Total score of 577 with a minimum of 4.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE); Pearsons: Overall 58 (Reading 50, Listening 50, Speaking 50, Writing 50); Cambridge: Overall 176 (Reading 169, Listening 169, Speaking 169, Writing 169).

Application deadline: Dec 01 for Semester 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

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