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Music Technology

MSc

Industry recognised

Avid-accredited status

Connected academics

Teaching staff actively involved in the music industry

Flagship Studios

Recording/mixing studio with SSL AWS 900 mixing desk

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Choose another study option
Duration:
13 Months
Start date:
16 September 2019
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Make your mark in the creative industries with Staffordshire University’s Music Technology MSc. On our course, you will develop your existing skills and prepare for a career working with music and sound.

With our Music Technology MSc, you will delve deep into the technical side of the modern music industry. Grasp the opportunity to learn advanced recording techniques, acoustics, creative software development, mastering and sound design.

Technology underpins the modern music industry, and for this reason, our MSc is taught by well-connected and experienced staff. Not only that, at Staffordshire University you’ll gain all the skills and knowledge you need to improve your chances of a future career after graduation.

On our MSc, you’ll have the opportunity to work with industry-standard technology in our world-class recording facilities. These include five interconnected recording studios with well-equipped live rooms, a Pro Tools HDX system and an SSL AWS 900 mixing desk. We also have two Mac labs and a mastering room.

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

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

Work placements

A work placement module is offered as an option in both the first and second semester.

Course content

Our Music Technology MSc can be taken as either a full-time or part-time route. The full-time route is split into three semesters over 18 months.

In your first semester, you will take three core modules that will give you an advanced knowledge of music technology: Advanced Recording Techniques, Mastering, and Signal Processing in Music, and a Negotiated Study module in which you will have the opportunity to specialise in your chosen field of music technology. You will also be able to specialise further with an optional module chosen from a list which includes Advanced Acoustics, Mixing Techniques, or Sound Design in Creative Industries.

In semester two, we will continue to prepare you for your future career. You will study three core modules: Research Methods for Music, Pro Tools for Music Production, and Creative Music Software Design. Your fourth module will again be chosen from a list of options including Electronics for Musicians, Commercial Recording Management, or Performance Practices.

The final semester focuses on your MSc Project, which is supervised and negotiated with your lecturer. This will include practical as well as written elements and is a chance to showcase your skills before you enter a career in the creative industries.

Our Music Technology MSc can be taken as either a full-time or part-time route. The full-time route is split into three semesters over 18 months.

In your first semester, you will take three core modules that will give you an advanced knowledge of music technology: Advanced Recording Techniques, Mastering, and Signal Processing in Music, and a Negotiated Study module in which you will have the opportunity to specialise in your chosen field of music technology. You will also be able to specialise further with an optional module chosen from a list which includes Advanced Acoustics, Mixing Techniques, or Sound Design in Creative Industries.

In semester two, we will continue to prepare you for your future career. You will study three core modules: Research Methods for Music, Pro Tools for Music Production, and Creative Music Software Design. Your fourth module will again be chosen from a list of options including Electronics for Musicians, Commercial Recording Management, or Performance Practices.

The final semester focuses on your MSc Project, which is supervised and negotiated with your lecturer. This will include practical as well as written elements and is a chance to showcase your skills before you enter a career in the creative industries.

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020. 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 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
Advanced Recording Techniques
Mastering and Signal Processing in Music
Negotiated Study: Music
Research Methods for Music
Pro Tools for Music Production
Creative Music Software Design
Project in Music Technology

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.

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.

Facilities

Careers

The MSc in Music Technology will prepare you for a wide range of roles in music and other related industries. Our graduates have found work in areas as diverse as:

  • Sound recording
  • Mastering
  • Software engineering
  • Environmental acoustics
  • Music production
  • Live sound

Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, you’ll be ideally placed to develop your research ideas at PhD level.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We know that everyone learns differently. So, not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, but we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.

For this course, you will:

  • Work with others on group work
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops.
  • Be expected to study independently

Our teaching is supported through Blackboard, our Virtual Learning Environment . You can use this to access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We’ll also assign you a personal tutor and a supervisor to support you throughout your research project.

We know that everyone learns differently. So, not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, but we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.

For this course, you will:

  • Work with others on group work
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops.
  • Be expected to study independently

Our teaching is supported through Blackboard, our Virtual Learning Environment . You can use this to access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We’ll also assign you a personal tutor and a supervisor to support you throughout your research project.

Assessment

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, class tests, presentations or portfolios.

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, class tests, presentations or portfolios.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking, presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£8,820 per course
International (Non-EU)
£12,750 per course

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£4,410 per year of study

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.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
MSc
Full-time
16 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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