Music graduate destinations

On graduating, Bristol Music students are able to demonstrate numerous skills that many employers recognise and need for their organisations. These include powers of memory and physical dexterity, self-discipline and concentration, performing under pressure, creativity, team work, communication, critical reflection, planning and organizing, commercial awareness and good time management. As a result, graduates from this course are attractive to a wide range of employers.

Data obtained from

  • Music (BA)
  • Music and a modern langauge (BA), including: French, German, Italian
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 57 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 85.1%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Full-time work 49%
Part-time work 12%
Due to start work 0%
Full-time study 25%
Part-time study 0%
Travel 2%
Something else 0%
Unemployed 12%

Sector information

The transferable skills gained during their studies mean that many Music graduates choose to enter careers that do not require a specific degree; around 70% of jobs are open to graduates of any discipline.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates
Arts, entertainment and recreation 7
Hospitality 1
Advertising and market research 1
Other sectors (8 sectors) 8

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Royal College of Music
  • Royal Opera House
  • Brewer Harding and Rowe
  • Three Choirs Festival Association
  • Alec Reed Academy

Examples of occupations

  • Acting Chamber Music Manager
  • Cinema Account Officer
  • Law Junior
  • Marketing Manager
  • Teacher (Teach First)

Further study

The following subjects for further study are consistently favoured by our Music graduates: Management, Film Composition, Psychology for Musicians, Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Advanced Musical Studies (e.g. Musicology (MA) and Music (MA and MMUs)).

Qualification typeNumber of graduates
Postgraduate research degree 0
Postgraduate taught degree 10
Postgraduate certificate 3
First degree 0
Other certificate 0
Professional qualification 0
Other qualification 0
No qualification aim 0

Explore your career options

You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

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