Studying for a BMus degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline.
BMus graduates have found employment in many different fields within music. These include performance, composition, teaching, academia, arts administration, music therapy, journalism, broadcasting and publishing.
Due to the diverse range of skills developed on the BMus, graduates are also highly sought after in professions unrelated to music. Recent graduates have embarked on careers in fields as varied as finance, public relations, and charity work overseas. Many students also apply the skills they develop through the degree entrepreneurially to create their own work opportunities and the University runs a number of extra-curricular programmes in entrepreneurship.
Our past students have gained work placement with organisations such as:
- Arts Council of Northern Ireland
- Ulster Orchestra
- Wallace High School
Graduate Careers and Achievements
Our graduates have gone into a diverse range of careers, including the following:
- Jim Samson, Professor of Music, Royal Holloway, University of London
- Gráinne Hambly, Irish harpist
- Carol McGonnell, clarinetist
- Deirdre Gribbin, composer
- Marie-Claire Doris, Producer at BBC
- Noreen McFarland, Education and Outreach Officer, Ulster Orchestra
- Karen Diamond, NI Music Therapy Trust
- Angela Haley, Events and Conferencing Manager, Eventus
- Caroline Simpson, Online Marketing Executive, i3
You should consult www.creative-choices.co.uk, www.getintolivemusic.org and the Prospects website for more information concerning the types of jobs that attract Music graduates.
Further study, including Masters programmes, is also an option.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plusin particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.