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 29 UK graduates from 2017/18; this is a response rate of 55.8%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 45%
Self-employment/freelancing 7%
Running my own business 3%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 24%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 0%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 17%
Taking time out to travel 0%
Caring for someone 0%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 3%
Doing something else 0%

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

Artistic creation


General secondary education


Performing arts

Other sectors (6 sectors) 6

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • University of Bristol
  • Love Opera
  • Rise Technical Recruitment
  • Nomura International
  • Eunomia Research and Consulting Ltd

Examples of occupations

  • Musician
  • Assistant Composer
  • Business Engagement Officer
  • Musical Director
  • Social Media Coordinator

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 typePercentage of graduates

Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)


Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)


Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)


Professional qualification


Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)

Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above 0%
Other qualification 0%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 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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