• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #194 (WUR) Johannesburg, South Africa
Music degree offered at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg  gives you an opportunity to experience and learn from multiple music traditions. This pragmatic and philosophical programme exposes you to new and different music domains, skills, and knowledge – all of which better prepares you for a variety of music careers.
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During Music course offered at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg,  students develop their practical skills with a jazz or classical music focus, voice for musical theatre is an additional option.In each of these choices you will encounter music from South Africa as well as international musical genres.

Beyond this chosen practical focus, all students can benefit from learning skills that work across musical genres, such as music technology and studio practice,  omposition and arrangement, and community music-making among others.

Career Opportunities

  • Arrangement
  • Composing
  • Conducting
  • Education
  • Entertainment Law
  • Music Journalism
  • Music Therapy
  • Performance
  • Radio/TV/Digital Media
  • Recording Industry

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Film, Visual and Performing Arts 
  • Music Literacies and Skills 
  • Music Performance Studies 
  • two BA semester courses
  • Critical Music Studies
  • Music Literacies and Skills

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • APS 34+
  • English Home Language OR First Additional Language Level 5
  • Applicants with an entry requirement of at least 30-33 APS points are wait-listed, subject to place availability.
Additional Selection Criteria
  • Applicants must attend an interview and audition at the Wits School of Arts.
  • An extended curriculum provides for BMus students and is determined by academic background and performance.
  • Due to limited space, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to place availability, academic results, and other entry requirements, where applicable.
  • International Qualifications 
English Language (O Level: A-C | A Level: A-E | AS Level: A-D)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5068 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5068 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    2534 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2534 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Johannesburg

  • 8434 - 12040 ZAR/month
    Living Costs

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