Music Production MA

Mixing desk in Music Studios
Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 18 Months

2018/19 New Entrants, Full Time

  • Home and EU students: £7,350 per course
  • International students: £12,500 per course
Course start January, September
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  • Flagship recording / mixing studio with SSL AWS 900, 3 analogue recording studios with live rooms, 3 Pro-Tools recording studios with live rooms, 35-seat Mac lab, large PC lab, 2 mastering studios and 2 project rooms
  • Avid accredited status, enabling students to undertake further industry-recognised qualifications
  • Experienced teaching staff who are actively involved in the music industry or academic research
  • Undertake practical Live Sound applications by engineering live concerts at the University and external venues
  • Postgraduate loans now available

Course outline

The course gives students the opportunity to develop their existing creative music production skills using our experienced staff and world-class facilities as resources. Students who complete the award will be equipped with the skillsets necessary to compete for work related to music and sound production in the highly competitive environments of the creative industries.

Music production today not only involves being able to record, mix, and edit music in a variety of different genres and situations; it also involves an understanding of composition and arranging, an ability to work in different software environments with a high level of competence, an understanding of performance practices in different contexts, and an understanding of the relationships between music, sound and other media.

There are opportunities to develop all of these skills on the award, always with an emphasis on creativity and a focus on rigorous academic underpinning. Successful students will thus be afforded the opportunity to progress to further postgraduate research should they wish to do so.

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Course content

Semester One

  • Modern Composition in Context
  • Audio Visual Composition 
  • Negotiated Study: Music
  • Option module (Options include Advanced Recording Techniques, Mixing Techniques, Acoustics, Mastering and Signal Processing)

Semester Two

  • Research Methods for Music
  • Performance Practices
  • Creative Music Software Design
  • Option module (Options include Pro Tools for Music Production, Mastering Techniques, Electronics for Musicians)
  • MA Project

Entry requirements

Normal requirements are at least a UK second class honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline. If you do not meet the above but have significant appropriate experience, your application will be considered, provided that you satisfy the University that you are capable of responding to the challenge of postgraduate work. If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you are fluent enough to cope with the course. A minimum score of IELTS 6.5 is normally required.

Graduate destinations

Just some of the routes taken by our students after graduating:

  • Software engineering (SSL)
  • Environmental acoustics (RPS Group Acoustic Consultants, Hann Tucker Associates)
  • Education
  • Live sound
  • Film sound

Meet the experts

Marc Estibeiro teaches computer sound, advanced Pro Tools techniques, modern composition, and music software design. He is award leader for the MSc in Music Technology and the MA in Music Production. 

Si Waite teaches production, composition, performance and sound design. He has released several records with bands and as a solo artist. 

Dave Payling teaches audio-visual composition, audio mastering, sound synthesis and music software design. He holds a PhD in visual music composition and produces a variety of electronic music. 

Dave Newman teaches production & performance and lectures on the Music Business modules. He is a composer and musician who has had several releases and published works. 

Dave Hickman teaches Studio Design, Acoustics, Studio production and Electronics. An active member of the Institute of Acoustics (; He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Carl Barton teaches Music Business, Internet Marketing, Video making and Radio production. He has released over 70 records globally, performed all over the UK, and in addition worked for major labels, distributers and radio stations around the globe.
Paul Hodson teaches Music Production, Engineering, Music Law and Contracts and Embedded Systems. He has worked with many major record labels and artists and is credited on over 50 albums, and still continues to work within the Music Industry.

Doug Rouxel teaches music business, composition, acoustics and mastering. His research interests include the subjective relationships between sound and space and the intersection of music technology and identity.

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