Bachelor of Music (Musicology & Ethnomusicology)

  • CRICOS code: 058837J
  • VTAC code: 3800638231
  • International VTAC code: 3800638233

Where will this take me?


Whichever major you choose to pursue in the Bachelor of Music, you will enjoy a wide spectrum of employment options in a range of different industries. Explore some of the careers our graduates have moved into after graduating below.

Careers in: Musicology/Ethnomusicology

Musicologists research the history of music. They use diverse primary sources – newspapers, letters, diaries, concert programs and more – to situate musicians and listeners within rich historical and social contexts.

Ethnomusicologists ask how culture shapes music and how music shapes culture. By studying the practices, values and ideas related to music-making in a particular culture, they seek to make broader claims about social life in the modern world.

The Musicology and Ethnomusicology majors can be your pathway to a range of postgraduate courses and employment options in music and beyond, including:

  • Postgraduate research in musicology and ethnomusicology
  • Postgraduate research in anthropology, cultural studies or area studies
  • Music critic or reviewer
  • Music editor
  • Music educator
  • Arts administrator
  • Social and cultural policy consultant.

Further study options

You have the flexibility to enter the workforce straight from your undergraduate degree, or you may choose to progress to a fourth-year Honours degree.

Honours is an intensive and highly specialised one-year program designed to draw together your previous studies and focus your knowledge, skills and intellect, allowing you to master your field of knowledge and create a pathway into advanced graduate study options in music.