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Julian Johnson - Employability and Applicants

Last Updated:

30th May 2013

Students go onto very wide variety of graduate work after they finish their degrees here. Some of them of course go on to be professional musicians. People taking performance courses here often have that in mind. Many have gone on to careers in composition, either for the concert hall or also for film and other parts of the media. A number of people taking PhD's here have gone onto academic jobs in some of the top universities in the world, never mind the UK. Some of our students go into career options which have nothing to do with music or academia, in fact quite recently, some of ours have gone into finance for example and other areas of business, some in arts administration. some in teaching. But whichever, whether its the masters or PhD, the postgraduate degree here sets people up really well for all sorts of future careers.

In post graduate applicants mostly what we are looking for is commitment to your studies and other sorts of enthusiasm and passion for what you do. Of course you have to be realistic, and in the case of PhD students you know that you're in for the long haul. So it is worth getting in touch with us early and discussing what the project might be. Identifying with our staff that seems to work in a similar area. And getting in contact with them perhaps before making a formal application. In the case of masters students, what we do is quite broad. But you might already have in mind a specialization for your dissertation. So it is worth getting in touch with a member of the department to discuss that to see if this is going to be the right place for you.

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