Our Music graduates have a range of general skills that are highly prized by graduate employers, reflected in the fact that in our most recent survey, 95% were in work or full time study within six months of graduation (well above the national average).
The study of music develops analytical skills, lateral thinking and creative imagination. The process of performing itself helps to develop skills in personal organisation, event management, teamwork and entrepreneurship to succeed in a competitive field.
You will also acquire transferrable skills that are valued by employers in many sectors:
- Researching, analysing and interpreting information;
- Handling complex information;
- Forming concise and articulate arguments;
- Time management and workload prioritisation.
Our graduates become professional musicians, pursue postgraduate study, or progress to highly successful careers. Employers include:
- City of London Sinfonia;
- the BBC;
- Purcell School;
- Island Records UK;
- Cartwright Communications;
- Royal Opera House;
- Royal Academy of Music;
- Education institutions.
Many take management jobs in orchestras, music venues and other arts and performance organisations. Job titles include:
- Accompanist Composer;
- International Events Manager;
- Lecturer Music Teacher;
- Orchestra Administrator;
- Trainee Orchestra Manager;
- Performance Music Assistant;
- Piano Teacher;
- Film Composer;
- Marketing Assistant;
Famous alumni include:
- Natasha Marsh, BA Music and Drama, 1996 - operatic soprano
- Gabriel Prokofiev, BMus Music, 1997 - composer and DJ with works performed at the Proms (Sergei was his grandfather)
- David Murray, BMus Music, 1975 and 2012 Honorary Graduate - Director of the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales
Graduates return to campus to talk to current students about their careers, how to find opportunities and the wide variety of roles available in the industry. Recent speakers hold positions such as Teacher; Jazz Festival Manager at Cheltenham Festivals; Music Therapist at Music Therapy Works; Customer Service and Admin Assistant at DanceXChange; and Assistant Registrar at the University of Birmingham.
Developing your career
Employers target University of Birmingham students for their diverse skill-set and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of our wide range of opportunities you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.
- Careers events - we hold events covering careers in teaching, event management, marketing and working with charities to help you meet potential employers and learn more about these sectors.
- Global Challenge - you can apply to work overseas on an expenses-paid placement during your summer vacation through our Global Challenge initiative.
- Work experience bursary - we encourage you to apply your skills in the workplace by undertaking internships in the summer. Our work experience bursaries allow you to apply for funding to support you during unpaid internships.
- Cultural Internships - our innovative Cultural Internships offer graduates the opportunity for a six month paid internship at a leading cultural institution in the West Midlands. These internships will give you professional experience to set you apart in a competitive graduate market. Our current partners include Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham REP, Birmingham Royal Ballet, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, Library of Birmingham.
There are also internships available at our own cultural assets, such as Winterbourne House, the Lapworth Museum, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.
To enhance your career prospects even further, you will need to think about engaging in some extra-curricular activities to broaden your skills and network of contacts.
- Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme - our College of Arts and Law undergraduate research scholarship scheme enables interested students to work on a current academic research project being run by one of our academic researchers. Undergraduate research scholars gain work experience over the summer after their first or second year and have the chance to develop skills in both collaborative and independent research.
- Personal Skills Award - our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.
- Guild of Students - there is a vast number of student groups and volunteering opportunities offered by the Guild of Students, which cover a wide variety of interests.