Department of Music

Careers - Music

  • 100% of first-degree graduates in the department available for employment secured work or further study after six months on from graduation.*
  • £20,400 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £27,000.*
  • Graduate destinations include broadcasting, orchestral management and fundraising, music publishing and music therapy.

Our work experience opportunities

Music careers service

* Known destinations of full-time home first-degree undergraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Employers talk about the skills Arts students can gain from studying a subject that they love and how these can benefit them in the future.

There’s not a day goes by that I don’t feel I’m drawing on the knowledge and skills I acquired at Nottingham. I think it’s very telling that when I recently changed roles at Boosey, my old job went to another recent Nottingham graduate. 

Polly Jackman, Grant Rights Licensing Associate, Boosey & Hawkes music publisher


Typical careers

Our graduates go on to many different careers including:

  • Music management
  • Programme controller
  • Composer
  • Civil Service Fast Stream
  • Marketing 
  • Musician 

Successful graduates

See what some of our ex-students say about their time here.

Graduate profiles


Careers and employability advice

We offer specialist advice from subject-specific careers experts.

Careers and Employability Service

Experience counts

We help you gain valuable skills and enhance your CV while you study.

Work experience



Further study

Postgraduate degrees

The independent view

We’re consistently one of the top choices for graduate recruitment among UK employers in the annual High Fliers report.


University of the Year 2017 Graduate Employment 



Department of Music

The University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts Centre
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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Telephone: +44 (0)115 951 5841