Higher Diploma in Music Studies

Programme Aims

  • provide students with a solid foundation in musical knowledge and musicianship with practical opportunities;
  • develop students’ analytical and practical skills, creative and musical thinking required in the next generation as composers, musicians, educators or administrators;
  • prepare students for further studies in relevant disciplines, e.g. instrumental/vocal teaching, music production, music composition and critical writing.

Programme Features

  • offers an intensive training in music studies
  • equips students to work in music industry, e.g. studio teaching, music coaching, and musical arrangement, etc., on the one hand, it also prepares students to continue their music studies in the academia on the other hand
  • incorporates the elements of value education of Catholic Church into the formal curriculum and extra-curriculum of our programme connects with other Caritas groups and professional organizations in the field for potential synergetic collaboration

Programme Structure

Year 1 Courses
Core Course
  • Materials and Structure I
  • Practical Musicianship I
  • Western Music History I
  • Materials and Structure II
  • Practical Musicianship II
  • Introduction to Music Therapy
  • Industry Attachment (160 hours)*
Language and GE Course
  • Chinese Communication
  • Numerical and Information Technology Literacy
  • Practical Putonghua
  • Social Ethics
  • Use of English
  • College Life and You*

Year 2 Courses
Core Course
  • Instrumentation and Orchestration
  • Studio Pedagogy
  • Western Music History II
  • Creative Integrated Music Project
  • Form and Analysis
  • Conducting
  • Chinese Music
  • Core Elective I#
  • Core Elective II#
  • Core Elective III#
Language and GE Course
  • Effective English Communication
  • GE Elective
List of Core Electives#

  • Advanced Study in Music Therapy
  • Composing Music
  • Music Activity and Creative Workshop
  • Music Arrangement for Pop Music
  • Introduction to Arts Administration
  • Chinese Opera and Culture
  • Church Music

* Non-credit-bearing course

# The College reserves the right to make final decision on the offering of elective courses.


Industry Attachment is an important learning part for studying the programme and also is the graduation requirement. Students are required to take 160 hours for Industry Attachment in the relevant organizations/associations of their academic studies during the year break between Year 1 and Year 2, and continue to their Year 2 of study if needed. The industry attachment provides opportunities to students in gaining working experiences in local commercial/NGO sectors during the two years’ study. Through the out-of-classrooms’ learning, students can transfer their learning (both knowledge and skills) in the first year and practice in the real-life working situation during the attachment. This working experience turns to be an asset for helping them to get jobs easily upon graduation.

Admission Requirement

  • Have obtained Level 2 in five subjects (including Chinese Language and English Language) in the HKDSE Examination; OR
  • Have graduated from the Yi Jin Diploma; OR
  • Have obtained Grade E or above in one AL/two ASL subjects in the HKALE plus five passes in the HKCEE including Chinese Language and English Language; OR
  • Have completed a QF Level 3 programme that is approved by the College; OR
  • Mature applicant aged 21 or above on 1 September of the year when admission is sought, with relevant working experience and academic background (a mature applicant should have completed Secondary 5 schooling and passed the relevant entrance test(s)); OR
  • Have obtained an equivalent qualification;
  • AND
  • Applicants should have attained at least the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Grade 6 Practical Examination, or equivalent level awarded by similar organizations, or approval after audition. A satisfactory result in HKDSEE Music will be highly considered.

Academic Advancement and Career Prospects

Our graduates are capable to pursue further studies in the following music-related QF Level 5 programmes in Hong Kong:

  • EdUHK Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Arts and Culture and Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Music) (Co-terminal Double Degree Programmes)
  • EdUHK Bachelor of Music in Education (Honours) (Contemporary Music and Performance Pedagogy)
  • EdUHK Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Arts and Culture
  • HKBU Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Music
  • HKBU Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Music Studies
  • HKU Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • CUHK Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • HKAPA Bachelor of Music
  • Other undergraduate programmes in cultural studies/management at various universities/institutions in Hong Kong
  • Other overseas undergraduate programmes in music or music-related area

Our graduates are capable to work as:

  • Vocal/Instrumental/Music theory instructors in public schools and private sectors
  • Ensemble/Choir coaches for schools and churches
  • Executive associates in music production companies
  • Executive associates in West Kowloon Cultural District
  • Music agents for event and training purposes
  • Teaching assistants at schools

Tuition Fee

The tuition fees for the 2020-21 intake of the 2-year Higher Diploma in Music Studies are as follows:

  Local Student Non-Local Student
Year 1 $57,930 $77,930
Year 2 $57,930 $77,930