School of Arts and Cultures



Studying music is both intellectually and musically demanding. You'll develop transferable skills to help you in your career, whatever you choose to do.

Transferable skills

Studying music requires you to engage in a broad range of practical, creative, technical and intellectual activities. These include performance, composition, improvisation, analysis, research and critical intellectual enquiry.

Through academic research, analysis and writing our students develop critical thinking and excellent communication skills. Through composition and performance they develop professional musical skills as well, fostering their creativity and presentational skills.

We nurture teamwork and initiative through participation in music ensembles alongside group work and presentations in seminars and within our Music Enterprise module.

Flexibility, self-discipline and good time management are all required to attain high technical standards. These skills are necessary to balance the demands of study, practice and performance.


Our graduates often become professional musicians, performers, composers, teachers, academics, music therapists, studio managers or sound engineers.

Other opportunities include arts administration, music production, specialist magazine journalism, music librarianship or music publishing.

The wide range of transferable skills music graduates develop means that you can easily move into other professions. These include teaching, management, marketing, accountancy, law, events management, journalism and IT.

Careers resources

The University's award-winning Careers Service can help with planning for your future career from the day you arrive. They can help you even after you graduate from Newcastle.

Read our Careers with a degree in Music publication. This will tell you more about:

  • what a music degree is like
  • how it prepares you for the world of work
  • our graduates who have pursued various roles

Careers statistics can be found on our course listings for undergraduate degrees and postgraduate degrees.