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Career options and employability

Durham Music graduates are talented and highly motivated musicians and researchers who are used to independent and creative thinking. Our staff comprises musicologists, composers and performers who are leading figures in their fields. They offer expertise in a notably diverse range of areas, including nineteenth- and twentieth-century music, contemporary music (both acoustic and electroacoustic), performance, composition, ethnomusicology, aesthetics and cultural/critical theory. Staff and students from all over the world combine to make our department a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment in which all can fully realise their academic and creative potential. Studying music at Durham University provides our motivated students with a broad range of skills, which allows them to pursue a broad range of careers.

Click here to explore the ways in which studying for an undergraduate degree at Durham University develops a diverse skill-set and to see some of the career options available to our graduates.

To discover how postgraduate study at Durham University enhances employability, click here.

Graduate Perspective  

Of students that left in 2017:

  • 94% are in employment or further study six months after graduating

Of those in employment:

  • 93% are in graduate level employment
  • Median salary £17,596

(Source: Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2016/17 graduates. The DLHE survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation. Full definitions for the DLHE Record can be found

“After completing my music degree at Durham I started my current job in investment banking. Music is a very analytical subject which requires you to find sequences and patterns in music, much in the same way that I look for sequences and patterns in stock market graphs and income statements, for example. It teaches you to be creative, which is important in any job, to have new, original ideas and to be able to think outside the box. It's also very important when you apply for a job to have a wide range of experiences. I absolutely loved my time at Durham, and I look back on those years as the best period of my life so far. ”

Andrew MacFarlane, Fixed Income Analyst

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