Undergraduate Music and Sound Degrees
Establish yourself as a composer, producer, sound engineer or music industry professional.
Our undergraduate Music and Sound courses will help you into a range of careers in today's challenging and highly rewarding creative industries. Whichever course you choose, you can follow your passions with optional modules and flexible assignments. And you'll have the chance to work on projects with students from other disciplines – like Film, Games and Animation.
Our teaching is practical, giving you the hands-on experience and creative skills you'll need to impress future employers. You'll learn from highly-qualified staff with active and prominent roles in both industry and research. Our courses all have regular input from a wide variety of guest speakers working in the music, sound and creative industries. Teaching takes place in our brand new professional facilities. These include live studios and control rooms, Mac labs, a TV centre and a range of industry-standard software. As an approved Avid and Apple training centre, we offer accreditation in Pro Tools and Logic at a very low additional cost.
Our students go on to work in diverse roles as: studio engineers, music producers, sound designers (for film, TV and games), promoters, performers, composers, DJs, lecturers, technicians, teachers and marketers.
BA (Hons) Electronic Music (Composition and Performance)
Gain skills and knowledge in music composition and production, software, performance and digital arts.
BA (Hons) Music Business and Production
Gain skills and experience in business areas related to the music industry as well as audio production and recording.
BA (Hons) Music Production
Gain skills and experience in audio production and recording.
BSc (Hons) Music Technology
Get to grips with analogue and digital equipment, recording and mastering technologies and digital audio workstation equipment.
BSc (Hons) Music Technology (Top Up)
Top up from a HND or Foundation Degree in Music Production or Technology to a BSc (Hons).
BSc (Hons) Sound Design
If you're interested in creating sound and music for film, games, television or drama, take a look at Sound Design.
- Electronic Music (Composition and Performance) BA (Hons)
This highly practical degree covers popular and experimental forms of electronic music. Study songwriting, software tool creation, performance and production.
- Music Business and Production BA (Hons)
Our Music Business and Production degree builds your skills and experience in business areas of the industry, as well as audio production and recording.
- Music Production BA (Hons)
Gain the knowledge and the practical and creative skills you'll need to succeed in the music industry with our multi-disciplinary degree in Music Production.
- Music Technology BSc (Hons)
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.
- Music Technology (top-up) BSc (Hons)
Further your understanding of the technology behind the music production process and develop your technical skills with our Music Technology top-up course.
- Sound Design BSc (Hons)
Explore the creation of sound and music for film, TV, animation, games, theatre and radio with our highly collaborative degree in Sound Design.
There have been really good opportunities to record with bands and produce different types of music records, which was great for my development.Sam Gibbs - Music Production
I graduated with a strong desire to become a sound designer. I landed a full-time in-house position at Radium Audio, a London-based sound company. I quickly progressed to the position of Head of Sound Design and had the opportunity to work on channel idents for Sky 1 and MGM HD. I have since left Radium Audio to start my own company. We're now are currently in the process of opening a second studio in Stockholm, Sweden.Chris Didlick - Music Technology
The award structures, lecturers and technical staff were incredibly supportive and provided the perfect academic environment for students.Jay Harrison - Graduate
You'll prepare for your career by learning from dedicated staff who are active in research and the industry.
They've worked as sound engineers, music producers, performing artists, composers and sound designers. Several have run successful businesses and many present, perform and publish in international academic circles.
Our Music and Sound courses feature regular input from a wide variety of guest speakers. In recent years these have included Ken Scott (engineer for The Beatles and David Bowie), Dean Humphreys (sound supervisor on The Pianist and Taken 2) and Nick McCabe (The Verve guitarist).
You can go on to graduate-level employment after graduation or become a freelancer. A growing number of our students are choosing to start their own business. Past students have gone on to work in recording studios, media outlets, and education institutions after graduating.
- Acoustic consultancy
- Artist management
- Community arts
- Digital distribution
- Digital marketing
- Events management
- Games audio
- Instrumental tuition
- Instrument making
- Interactive multimedia design
- Live sound engineering
- Music production and remixing
- Postgraduate study
- Post production
- Radio advert production
- Record companies/labels
- Record shops
- Sample libraries
- Sound design
- Studio engineering
- Studio equipment design and manufacture
- Studio management
- Technical departments
- Venue management
Our graduates have found employment in these areas, among others:
Guaranteed Work Experience
We provide the opportunity of work experience for all new students.
This work experience may link to your course, or it could be in a broader field. Our commitment gives you the best possible mix of knowledge and experience.
You can apply to spend a year working on placement in the music and sound industry. With our solid contacts, we'll do our best to help you secure the placement that's right for you.
You'll also have the opportunity to join Phoenixx Management. Run by Music and Sound students, it signs, records, and releases material for a variety of artists.
- Solid State Logic
- Sony Music
- Polydor Records
- Ditto Music
- London Symphony Orchestra
- Yellow Fish Studios
- Dovetail Games
Work Experience Opportunities
Graduates from our Music and Sound courses have gone on to work for companies such as:>
We've invested £11.5m in developing brand new TV and Music Technology Studios.
The Cadman Studios offer brand new studio spaces and facilities. These include music studios built in fully isolated acoustic boxes and the ability to interconnect any control room to any live room within the complex through our central patchbay. We can even connect to the TV studio and post production rooms.
We have five studios, four live rooms with drum kits and equipment from Line 6, Marshall and Laney. The studios are a mix of analogue and digital, including ProTools HD and surround sound. One studio is home to an advanced SSL AWS 900SE mixing console, the others have consoles from Avid, Audient and Toft.
The lab is equipped with 50 Macs running software from Apple Logic, Ableton, Native Instruments, UAD, SSL and more.
Our teaching is extremely practical, giving you the hands on experience and creative skills you will need to succeed in your chosen career. You will learn through a mixture of practical studio / lab sessions, lectures, seminars, tutorials and group work.
New Campus Experience
We're delivering a whole new campus experience at the heart of the UK. Connected by great transport links, it doesn't matter where you're from. You'll be the first to use our new £40 million learning and social spaces.
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Why choose us
We'll connect you to your future. Join us and you'll be amongst the first to use our new city campus in Stoke-on-Trent. We've invested millions in creating new campus experiences designed around you. Giving you everything you need to open doors and break boundaries.
We've invested £40 million to make the student experience better for everyone. So, If specialist laboratories and studios are important to you, we've got you covered. Or if balancing university life in new social and leisure spaces is the clincher, consider it clinched.