Study a Bachelor of Music with Honours at the University of Newcastle to further your musical maturation and career prospects.

Bachelor of Music (Honours)

Why study with us?

Music with Honours at the University of Newcastle

Study a music degree with Honours at the University of Newcastle and further your creative specialisation.An Honours degree provides graduates with a distinct advantage in a competitive workplace. The Bachelor of Music (Honours) is also a pre-requisite for Masters and PhD study and it is a recognised enhancement of the Bachelor of Music in teaching and other professional situations.

The Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree is a one year full-time study degree involving completion of 80 units of music courses. The Honours degree is available in various music specialisations as approved by the program convenor. These include (but are not limited to):

  • performance
  • composition
  • music production
  • musicology

The scope for topics is very wide and embraces all styles of music. All specialisations are required to have a research forcus.

The variety of creative and research work undertaken by our Honours students results in a diverse group with opportunity for rewarding interactions and collaboration. Access to staff expertise in a range of music specialisations and the chance to develop projects of your choice, make the Honours year an important stage in musical maturation and professional preparation.

Any area you may choose will give you the opportunity to broaden your practical experience and develop research skills, plus the ability to articulate the research component in a practice-based research design.

Associate Professor Rosalind Halton

Learn from industry leaders

Our Music staff have national and international reputations in performance, creative work, scholarly research and teaching. They are living and breathing creative artists, researchers and/or performers - and sometimes a combination of the three.


You usually apply for Honours in the final year of your undergraduate degree. To be accepted for entry you must have successfully completed a Bachelor of Music or equivalent with a credit grade point average (GPA).

Contact Associate Professor Rosalind Halton in the Faculty of Education and Arts on +61 2 4921 8950.

Find out more about Honours scholarships.

For more information about the Bachelor of Music (Honours) program, please refer to the handbook.