Careers and employability

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Your degree and the wider experience you’ll gain while you’re studying here can help you stand out from the crowd in an increasingly competitive job market.

A degree in music gives you the skills needed for a natural pathway to a career in the music and performing arts industry, but you'll also develop skills that will be valued by potential employers in other fields such as creative industries, music psychology, business and management, education studies and interdisciplinary projects.

You'll develop independent thinking, and a range of analytical and communication skills that are highly valued in the professional world you'll enter after university. Our recent graduates are working with:

  •     Warner Music
  •     Polydor
  •     Opera North
  •     The Hallé Orchestra
  •     3x Grammy Award® winners Snarky Puppy
  •     Manchester United Football Club
  •     London Symphony Orchestra

As part of your studies you'll have access to many opportunities to help with your career prospects including a range of industry talks, networking events and placement opportunities.

You can also support your fellow students as a Peer Mentor or represent them at course or school level by acting as a student representative or sitting on the student-staff forum.

Employability mentoring scheme

This scheme links up professionals from music-related industries, who are alumni of the School, to act as mentors for current undergraduates. The scheme provides students with the opportunity to enhance their employability, expand their professional networks and increase their confidence.

Careers support

There is a huge variety of careers support available across the University including opportunities to:

Lifelong Learning Centre

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The Lifelong Learning Centre provides support for mature and part-time learners across the University, including advice on how to apply to university and support throughout your studies.