Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Music Studies

Programme Director: Dr YIP, Ho Kwen Austin

The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Music Studies is a four-year full-time self-funded top-up degree programme offered by the HKBU Department of Music in collaboration with the CIE. The proposed programme is designed to offer a broad yet substantive education to students, equipping them with substantial musicianship, theoretical and historical knowledge, performance and teaching experience, and creative approaches to applying their musical skills in society. It also trains those students in areas of conducting, entrepreneurship, music advocacy, and community outreach.

The aims of the programme are:

  1. Delivering broad-based music training in performance and pedagogy with special emphasis on music fundamentals, creativity and leadership, and collaborative experience;
  2. Helping and nurturing students to train themselves to create, realise and express their own artistic concepts, and to project their musical ideas fluently and confidently in a wide variety of contexts;
  3. Guiding and encouraging students develop into articulate advocates of the performing arts and potential leaders in the profession; and
  4. Developing students’ awareness of the role of the musician in society, and encouraging their active contribution to and participation in the artistic life of the community.

The top-up Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Music Studies is a 66-unit programme comprising Major Required Courses (50 units), Major Elective Courses (12 units) and the Honours Project (4 units). As the programme is designed for Associate Degree/Higher Diploma graduates, they will be admitted directly into the third year of study. HKBU Associate Degree graduates in the relevant concentration will be considered to have fulfilled the University Core of 13 units, General Education of 15 units and Free Electives of 34 units.

The number of courses/units the students are required to complete will depend on the number of courses/units for which exemption and/or unit transfer will be granted. All unit transfer or course exemption shall be considered on a case-by-case basis upon admission.

The structure of the curriculum is as follows:

I) Major Courses 62 units
II) Honours Project 4 units
III) University Core Courses 13 units
IV) General Education Courses^ 15 units
V) Free Electives 34 units
    128 units

^ The 3-unit GE Capstone course is listed under the Major Required or Elective course category with a remark #.


I. Major Courses 62 units
  Major Required Courses (50 units)  
  MUCS3005 Advanced Musicianship I 3 units
  MUCS3006 Advanced Musicianship II 3 units
  MUCS3015 Ensemble I 1 unit
  MUCS3016 Ensemble II 1 unit
  MUCS3025 Music Practicum I 4 units
  MUCS3026 Music Practicum II 4 units
  MUCS3035 From Bach to Brahms (Music History and Literature) 3 units
  MUCS3045 Practical Writing and Public Speaking for Musicians 3 units
  MUCS3055 Mahler, Debussy and the Global Era (Music History and Literature) 3 units
  MUCS3065 Research Methods for Performers (Sources, Genres and Performance) 3 units
  MUCS3805 Creative Project# 3 units
  MUCS3905 Performance Seminar I 0 unit
  MUCS3906 Performance Seminar II 0 unit
  MUCS4005 Analysis: Tonal and Post-tonal Theory 3 units
  MUCS4015 Ensemble III 1 unit
  MUCS4016 Ensemble IV 1 unit
  MUCS4025 Music Practicum III 4 units
  MUCS4026 Music Practicum IV 4 units
  MUCS4035 Arts in Context and Music Advocacy 3 units
  MUCS4055 Introduction to Music Entrepreneurship and Business 3 units
  MUCS4905 Performance Seminar III 0 unit
  MUCS4906 Performance Seminar IV 0 unit
  Major Elective Courses (12 units)  
  Four of the following courses: 
  MUCS3105 Internship I 3 units
  MUCS3106 Internship II 3 units
  MUCS3115 Collaborative Piano 3 units
  MUCS3125 Fundamentals of Conducting 3 units
  MUCS3135 Instrumental Pedagogy 3 units
  MUCS3145 Music Education—Principles and Practices 3 units
  MUCS3155 Orchestral Performance and Literature 3 units
  MUCS3165 Piano Pedagogy Seminar 3 units
  MUCS3175 Advanced Conducting 3 units
  MUCS3185 World Music 3 units
  MUCS3195 Chamber Music Literature and Performance 3 units
  MUCS3205 Musical Healing: Introduction to Music Therapy 3 units
  MUCS3215 Special Topics in Music 3 units
  MUCS4105 Internship III 3 units
  MUCS4106 Internship IV 3 units
II. Honours Project 4 units
  MUCS4008 Honours Project 2 units
  MUCS4009 Honours Project 2 units
III. University Core Courses 13 units
IV. General Education Courses 15 units
V. Free Electives 34 units
    128 units


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