100% of our students enter work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2017).
Our Music graduates have a wide range of skills that are highly valued by employers in many sectors, such as:
- Lateral thinking
- Personal organisation
- Event management
- Entrepreneurship to succeed in a competitive field
- Analytical skills
- 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
- Faber & Faber
- City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO)
- 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
There is a range of opportunities through our
Careers Network and beyond. For example, 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.
Current partners include Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham REP, Birmingham Royal Ballet, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, and the Library of Birmingham. There are also internships available at the University’s own cultural assets, such as Winterbourne House, the Lapworth Museum, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.
There are regular events each year covering careers in teaching, events management, working with charities and more, to help you meet potential employers and learn more about a range of sectors.
There are also summer internship opportunities and work experience bursaries, which allow you to apply for funding to support you during any unpaid internships. You may also want to apply to work overseas on an expenses-paid placement through our
Global Challenge Internship Programme.
To enhance your career prospects even further, you may want to engage in extra-curricular activities to broaden your skills and your network of contacts.
Our College of Arts and Law Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme enables interested students to work on a current academic research project run by one of our researchers in drama and theatre. You gain work experience over the summer after your first or second year and have the chance to develop skills in both collaborative and independent research.
Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.
There are also a huge number of student groups and volunteering opportunities offered by the
Guild of Students, our students’ union, which cover a wide variety of interests across drama and the arts.
With more than 300 societies and groups at The Guild, there is something for everyone.If your interest does not yet have a group, then The Guild will support you to set it up and find likeminded individuals to join you.