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Music and Sound

Flagship Studios

Recording/mixing studio with SSL AWS 900 mixing desk

6th for Graduate Prospects – Music

Complete University Guide 2021

Industry recognised

Avid-accredited status across the University

Establish yourself as a composer, producer, sound designer, sound engineer or music industry professional. 

Our undergraduate and postgraduate 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. You'll also 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 professional facilities, which 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 undergraduate 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. 


Work experience and careers

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 Phoenix Management. Run by Music and Sound students, it signs, records, and releases material for a variety of artists. 

Work Experience Opportunities 

Graduates from our Music and Sound courses have gone on to work for companies such as:  

  • Solid State Logic 

  • Sony Music 

  • Polydor Records 

  • Ditto Music 

  • London Symphony Orchestra 

  • Yellow Fish Studios 

  • Dovetail Games 

Our students

Sam Gibbs
Music Production

There have been really good opportunities to record with bands and produce different types of music records, which was great for my development.

Chris Didlick
Music Technology

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.

Jay Harrison

The award structures, lecturers and technical staff were incredibly supportive and provided the perfect academic environment for students.

Our staff

Dr Dave Payling
Dr Dave PaylingAssociate Professor

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

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Dr Marc Estibeiro
Dr Marc EstibeiroAssociate Professor

I teach computer sound, advanced Pro Tools techniques, modern composition and music software design.

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Dave Hickman
Dave HickmanSenior Lecturer

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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Our graduates

Dan Crook , 2016

Dan Crook is a music engineer and musician at 140dB Management, home to some of the world's best producers, engineers, mixers, arrangers and writers.

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Lewis Williams , 2016

Lewis Williams is a Technical Audio Designer at video game developer Splash Damage, known for its multiplayer first-person shooters.

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