Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Music Studies for Associate Degree & Higher Diploma Graduates
About Our Programme
This programme is offered by Department of Music, Hong Kong Baptist University for holders of Associate Degree (AD) or Higher Diploma (HD) in the related disciplines who wish to continue on to a Bachelorˇ¦s degree in music studies.

For nearly 50 years, Department of Music has nurtured generations of graduates with a well-rounded practical, creative and intellectual foundation for careers in music. We place a strong emphasis on solo, chamber and ensemble performance throughout the years of study, providing a rich experience in practical music making.

Programme Features:
  • A non-government-funded honours undergraduate programme.
  • A full-time programme which is normally completed in 2 years.
  • Comprehensive studies in musicianship, theoretical and historical knowledge, performance and teaching experience, and creative approaches to applying musical skills in the society.
  • Rigorous training in conducting, entrepreneurship, music advocacy and community outreach.
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Programme Intended Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the Programme, students should be able to:
  • Apply knowledge, skills and creativity in a broad range of professional activities.
  • Interpret and synthesize knowledge through the process of research and inquiry.
  • Perform and teach in a chosen area of specialization at a level expected of a music graduate in terms of performance skills, musicianship, knowledge of repertoire and critical interpretation.
  • Communicate knowledge confidently and effectively using verbal, audiovisual and written media.
  • Contribute as a team member to the betterment of artistic communities and society at large.
Programme Structure

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.

Major Core Courses and Major Elective Courses (66 units)

University Core (13 units)

General Education (15 units)

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  1. 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. Students are required to complete all programme pre-requisite and General Education courses to meet the graduation requirements.
  2. Exempted courses equivalent to 38 units of General Education courses will be considered by the Programme on a case-by-case basis.
  3. Make-up courses may be required on admission.
  4. The University reserves the right to make changes to these courses without prior notice.
Career Prospects
Students who complete the degree successfully will be well prepared for careers as freelance musicians, private music teachers, ensemble directors and a wide range of music-related positions demanding entrepreneurial and leadership skills.
Admission Requirements
To be eligible for admission, a candidate should hold:
  1. an Associate Degree (AD) in Music Studies or an equivalent qualification from any of the local/overseas recognized institutions; or
  2. a Higher Diploma (HD) from any recognized institutions; AND
  3. Grade 8 ABRSM Practical (or its equivalent) and Grade 8 in ABRSM Theory (or its equivalent), and/or show other evidence of distinction in music
Candidates who possess equivalent qualifications are to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a written exam and interview/audition should the Programme deem it necessary.

Students are expected to complete all programme pre-requisite and General Education courses in their AD/HD studies. Otherwise, they may have to complete additional units of study to make up for the programme pre-requisite and General Education courses at the College of International Education (CIE), Hong Kong Baptist University.
Application Procedures

The University accepts both online and paper application. The online application system and paper application form can be found at CIE website . Applicants may apply for more than one programme if they wish to. A non-refundable and non-transferable application fee will be charged for EACH applied programme.

Online Application

Applicants should submit the application through our website and are required to settle the application fee (Local: HKD350; Non-local: HKD450) via online payment gateway (credit card or PPS online) before the application deadline. Please refer to the ˇ§Important Informationˇ¨ and ˇ§Instructionsˇ¨ in the online application system for details.

Paper Application

Applicants should submit the completed application form together with the relevant supporting documents and proof of application fee (Local: HKD350; Non-local: HKD450) before the application deadline. Please refer to the ˇ§Notes to Applicantsˇ¨ printed on the application form for details.
Auditions & Interviews
Applicants invited to the audition interview should prepare a seven-minute audition on their major instrument or voice, consisting of two pieces of contrasting styles and historical eras.

Written Test (History & Theory)

This generally covers (exclusively) the basic tonal theory of Western ˇ§classicalˇ¨ music of the 17th-19th centuries, including two-part counterpoint. Aside from the rudiments (keys, intervals chords etc.) students will be asked to read alto clefs and to identify chords in different keys, and are usually asked to do a Roman Numeral Analysis up through and including secondary dominants (using ii6 IV V I etc.) of a score provided. Reviewing the ABRSM Grade 5 theory is a good place to start, as is the website listed below. Practicing analyzing pieces will definitely help. [Hint: consider whether a piece with a given key signature is in a Major or minor key before analyzing.

History / General Music Knowledge:
This section focuses on Western classical music from the antiquity to the present. Applicants are expected to demonstrate their knowledge on musical terms, forms, major composers, and well-known compositions. There will be listening, score reading, multiple choice and essay questions. All answers must be answered in English.

Recommendations for Review:
- Books
We recommend the following books for review and for reference, though there are many other fine resources:
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian. 371 Harmonized Chorales and 69 Chorale Melodies with Figured Bass. G. Schirmer, Inc., 1941.
  • Berkowitz, S.; Kraft, L. A New Approach to Sight Singing. W. W. Norton & Company, 1997.
  • Burkholder, J. Peter, Donald Jay Grout and Claude V. Palisca. A History of Western Music. 8th. W. W. Norton & Company, 2012.
  • Forney, K. & Machlis, J. The Enjoyment of Music: An Introduction to Perceptive Listening. 11th. New York: W.W. Norton, 2011.
  • Gauldin, Robert. Harmonic Practice in Tonal Music. W. W. Norton & Company, 2004.
  • Kostka, Stefan and Dorothy Payne. Tonal Harmony. 7th. McGraw-Hill, 2012.
- Online
The following website is rather basic but an excellent source for review and drills:
  • Try using the ˇ§Trainersˇ¨ which have good visual and aural skills drills:
B.M.S. Programme Director
Dr. Austin Yip

Course List 2020/2021 (Updated in January 2021)

Course Code Course Course Instructor
Semester 1 MUCS3005 Advanced Musicianship I Dr. Kawai Chan
MUCS3035 From Bach to Brahms (Music History and Literature) Dr. Michael J Ryan
MUCS3045 Practical Writing and Public Speaking for Musicians Ms. Constanze Lee
MUCS4005 Analysis: Tonal and Post-tonal Theory Mr. Edwin Li
MUCS4035 Arts in Context and Music Advocacy Dr. Austin Yip
MUCS4045 Creative Project Dr. Austin Yip
MUCS4008 Honours Project Dr. Po-Kwan Law
MUCS3015 /
Ensemble I / III Dr. Po-Kwan Law
MUCS3025 /
Music Practicum I / III Dr. Po-Kwan Law
MUCS3905 /
Performance Seminar I / III Dr. Po-Kwan Law
MUCS3125 Fundamentals of Conducting Mr. Choi Ho Man
MUCS3145 Music Education: Principles and Practices Dr. Andrew Sutherland
MUCS3185 World Music Dr. Benjamin Koen
MUCS3105 /
Internship I / III Dr. Austin Yip
Semester 2 MUCS4055 Introduction to Music Entrepreneurship and Business Dr. Austin Yip
MUCS3006 Advanced Musicianship II Dr. George Talbot
MUCS3055 Mahler, Debussy and the Global Era (Music History and Literature) Dr. Austin Yip
MUCS3065 Research Methods for Performers (Sources, Genres & Performance) Dr. Francesco Teopini
MUCS4009 Honours Project Dr. Po-Kwan Law

MUCS3016/ MUCS4016

Ensemble II / IV Dr. Po-Kwan Law

MUCS3026/ MUCS4026

Music Practicum II / IV Dr. Po-Kwan Law

MUCS3906/ MUCS4906

Performance Seminar II / IV Dr. Po-Kwan Law
MUCS3215 Special Topics in Music Ms. Constanze Lee
MUCS3175 Advanced Conducting Mr. Choi Ho Man
MUCS3195 Chamber Music Literature and Performance Dr. Daniel Ungar
MUCS3106 /
Internship II
Dr. Austin Yip

*Subject to change when necessary
Admission Enquiries
Tel: 3411 3044
Fax: 3411 3361
Address: Academic Registry Services Section
Hong Kong Baptist University (Shek Mun Campus)
13/F, 8 On Muk Street
Shatin, New Territories

Programme Enquiries
Tel: 3411 7866
Fax: 3411 7870
Address: Rm AST801, Sing Tao Building
Hong Kong Baptist University
Kowloon Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
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