Music Technology MSc

Music Technology
Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 3 Years

2018/19 New Entrants, Part Time

  • Home and EU students: £2,445 per year of study
Course start January, September
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Course outline

“The MSc Music Technology has been a hugely enriching experience for me. The staff are enthusiastic and passionate about their fields and the richness of resources available is quite stunning.” Nick McCabe, Guitarist: Black Submarine, The Verve

Develop a deep understanding of the technologies and principles behind modern music production and distribution. Learn advanced recording techniques, acoustics, mastering, digital sound synthesis, music software development and sound design.

“The MSc Music Technology has been a hugely enriching experience for me. The staff are enthusiastic and passionate about their fields and the richness of resources available is quite stunning.” Nick McCabe, Guitarist: Black Submarine, The Verve

MSc Music Technology students benefit from superb resources including flagship recording and mixing studio with SSL AWS 900. We are also an Avid Learning Partner, so students have an opportunity to take Pro Tools Accreditation up to Avid 210M.

Taught modules include:

  • Audio Recording
  • Mastering and Signal processing
  • Acoustics
  • Modern Composition
  • Advanced Pro Tools Techniques
  • Electronics
  • Electroacoustic Composition


Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 120 credits in your second and third year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £2,445.00 per year of study. You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.


Alumni Discount: If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.”


Postgraduate Loans:

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,609 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. You won’t have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than (currently) £21,000 per year.

For more information and how to apply click here.

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 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required.

Student success

Music Technology student, Bill McGettigan, recently performed at the InTime symposium at Coventry University. His piece '56k' featured amongst some of the leading names in the field of experimental music making. 

Read more about the InTime Symposium

Listen to 56k at SoundCloud

Graduate destinations

Excellent destinations for graduates. Just some of the routes taken by our students after graduating:

Software engineering (SSL)

Environmental acoustics (RPS Group Acoustic Consultants, Hann Tucker Associates)


Live sound

Film sound

Meet the experts

The course is delivered by well qualified teaching staff with real world music industry experience:

Dave Payling takes a practice-based approach to research, producing audiovisual compositions and documenting his working practice. Through composing he seeks to create video and animation with musical aesthetics and to complement this with electronic sound. His works have been screened at the Seeing Sound Conference in Bath, Synchresis Festival in Valencia Spain and flEXiff Experimental Film Festival in Auburn Australia.

Paul Hodson has worked with many names in the British rock scene. As a keyboard player he worked with Slade, Pete Golby (of Uriah Heep), Hard Rain (formally Magnum), Al Atkins (founder of Judas Priest) and Ten to name but a few. He has produced/played as a session keyboard player on over 50 albums. He has toured throughout Europe and Japan with artists such as Robert Plant and Bob Geldof as well as many more.

Dave Hickman specialises in acoustics and electronics. He has worked on several acoustic projects including noise and environmental surveys through to acoustic treatment advice on several local studios both professional and project.

Student experience

“The MSc Music Technology has been a hugely enriching experience for me. Being amongst like minds whilst following specialist pursuits is thrilling and has been one of the highlights of my relocating to the Midlands. The staff are enthusiastic and passionate about their fields, subsequently new fields of interest open up to enquiring minds. The richness of resources available is quite stunning and great work can be and is being done here. Anyone wishing to go deeper with Music Technology will find the stimulation they need and an inspiring community at Stafford.”

Nick McCabe (Current Student), Guitarist: Black Submarine, The Verve

“The lecturers are very kind and supportive and always ready to help. The equipment available was more than enough. It’s where I met and fell in love with SSL (Solid State Logic). The course gave me the background I needed to get to work at SSL.”

Dorielle Scicluna (Graduated 2014) Software Engineer SSL

“I'd just like to point out that I found it hard to come up with areas for improvement for all of the modules. I have really enjoyed the taught part of the course and all the modules were good.”

Will Bailey (Graduated 2014) Freelance Musician

“Valuable and up-to-date information delivered on Pro Tools with many of the new features explored in the latest version of the software. I enjoyed learning about Max MSP and found it very useful”

Nigel Martin (Current Student) Course Leader Foundation Degree in Music Technology, BTECT Music Performance, Burton and South Derbyshire College

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