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Music Technology

BSc (Hons)

100% employability

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2018

Excellent facilities

Five brand new studios, four live rooms and a state-of-the-art Mac Lab

Easy to personalise

Choose the modules which match your interests throughout the course

UCAS code:
J931
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 Years
Academic year:
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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You'll find a strong emphasis on practical work in our Music Technology degree, which aims to expose you to as many areas of the music industry as possible.

Our Music Technology degree course gives you an in-depth understanding of the technology behind the music production process. You will gain technical skills in recording, studio design, DAW software sequencing and editing. You will also develop creative skills such as mixing and mastering techniques, composition and audio processing.

This course also offers options for you to explore other areas such as business awareness, composition, music promotion, film sound and Foley effects. Experienced lecturers with close links to the music industry will build your knowledge and expertise. You will also benefit from specialist workshops, lectures and demonstrations by guest lecturers with unique industry insight. This helps ensure you will gain the skills employers are looking for.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Music Technology

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award:

BSc (Hons) Music Technology

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Music Technology

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Music Technology

Work placements

If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

We have work placement links with companies and organisations including:

  • Yellowfish Studios
  • Dovetail Games
  • Clair Global
  • SFL
  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Whitby Studios
  • Carlisle Leisure
  • The Lodge Recording Studio
  • Monnow Valley Recording Studio
  • Swansea Bay TV

We have work placement links with companies and organisations including:

  • Yellow Fish Studios
  • Dovetail Games
  • Clair Global
  • SFL
  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Whitby Studios
  • Carlisle Leisure
  • The Lodge Recording Studio
  • Monnow Valley Recording Studio
  • Swansea Bay TV

Course content

The course will expose you to as many areas of the music industry as possible. You’ll get to use industry leading analogue and digital recording equipment, recording and mastering technologies and the latest digital audio workstation (DAW) equipment.

Through a range of options, the course allows you to develop specialisms in a number of areas; whether that is composition, creating sound for a particular industry/discipline, creating software tools or understanding the commercial and business side of the industry.

You can also take an optional one-year placement as part of this course, to work in a real music industry job. This gives you an excellent head start in the business and makes sure you hit the ground running after graduation.

In your final year, you’ll complete an individual project and an online portfolio that focuses on your specific area of interest. The course strikes an excellent balance between the technical and creative side of the music industry. Whilst the technology is fundamental, we never lose sight of its application to your chosen career path.

Your course is very flexible, giving a range of optional modules to enable you to develop specialist skills in areas such as composition, performance, software design, sound design or post production.

There’s a strong emphasis on practical work, using our extensive resources – including five fully-equipped recording studios, all with surround sound and consoles from SSL (AWS 900 SE), Avid, Audient and Toft. We also have a 60-seater Mac Music Technology Centre incorporating Logic, Ableton Live, Reaktor and MAX/ MSP. We have accredited Avid and Apple trainers so you can gain qualifications in Logic and ProTools.

After Year 1, you’ll be eligible for a BSc ordinary degree, but most students return in Year 2 to upgrade to a full honours degree. During Year 2, you’ll complete a music dissertation and portfolio. You can study part-time over the whole academic year, or full-time if you want to finish in the first semester.

The course will expose you to as many areas of the music industry as possible. You’ll get to use industry leading analogue and digital recording equipment, recording and mastering technologies and the latest digital audio workstation (DAW) equipment.

Through a range of options, the course allows you to develop specialisms in a number of areas; whether that is composition, creating sound for a particular industry/discipline, creating software tools or understanding the commercial and business side of the industry.

You can also take an optional one-year placement as part of this course, to work in a real music industry job. This gives you an excellent head start in the business and makes sure you hit the ground running after graduation.

In your final year, you’ll complete an individual project and an online portfolio that focuses on your specific area of interest. The course strikes an excellent balance between the technical and creative side of the music industry. Whilst the technology is fundamental, we never lose sight of its application to your chosen career path.

The course will expose you to as many areas of the music industry as possible. You’ll get to use industry leading analogue and digital recording equipment, recording and mastering technologies and the latest digital audio workstation (DAW) equipment.

Through a range of options, the course allows you to develop specialisms in a number of areas; whether that is composition, creating sound for a particular industry/discipline, creating software tools or understanding the commercial and business side of the industry.

You can also take an optional one-year placement as part of this course, to work in a real music industry job. This gives you an excellent head start in the business and makes sure you hit the ground running after graduation.

In your final year, you’ll complete an individual project and an online portfolio that focuses on your specific area of interest. The course strikes an excellent balance between the technical and creative side of the music industry. Whilst the technology is fundamental, we never lose sight of its application to your chosen career path.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

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Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Recording Studio Production
Creative Music Practice 1
Electronics for Music 1
Year 2 compulsory modules
DAW Production Techniques
Studio and Venue Acoustics
Practical Studio Techniques
Year 3 compulsory modules
Mixing and Mastering Technology
Individual Music Technology Project
Individual Music Technology Portfolio

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM

One of the following in a music-related subject area:

  • HND
  • FdSc
  • DipHE
  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM
  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM

Facilities

Careers

We have high-profile graduates in the music industry, as well as several who are performers. Our graduates currently work in:

  • Recording studios and production facilities
  • Broadcasting and live sound
  • Sound or music for film, TV, video, games and apps
  • Music distribution and digital marketing
  • Event and artist management
  • Technical management for theatre or performance spaces
  • Acoustic Consultancy
  • Education and community arts
  • Composing, recording and performing

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Dave Hickman
Dave HickmanCourse Leader Music Technology

Dave 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.

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For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Part-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£4,620 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
Full-time
09 September 2019

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