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BSc (Hons) Music Technology

University of Portsmouth
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Portsmouth

About this program

BSc (Hons) Music Technology

If you want a career in the music industry in a creative or technical capacity, this BSc (Hons) Music Technology degree is the perfect course.

In year 1, you'll explore subjects relating to recording and production, composition, and music computing. You'll then choose a pathway through the course that focuses your studies to prepare you for your future career.

In years 2 and 3, you'll specialise in a specific area of music technology by choosing specific 'pathway' modules. Depending on which you choose, you'll get one of the following exit awards when you complete the course:

  • BSc (Hons) Music Technology (Recording and Production)– this emphasises studio recording, production and engineering skills. You'll study designated studio modules and embark on a range of practical projects.
  • BSc (Hons)Music Technology (Composition)– this emphasises creative practice, especially composition and sound design. You'll explore technological approaches to help realise your own musical works.
  • BSc (Hons)Music Technology (Computing)– this focuses on software design and development, coding, and audio programming and processing for creative projects. It'll prepare you for emerging employment and research development opportunities.

Admission requirements

Typical offers

  • A levels – BBB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112–120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year 1

Core modules

All pathways

  • Studio Theory and Practice
  • Creative Music Technology
  • Creative Computing for Music and Sound

Year 2

Core modules

Recording and production pathway

  • Creative and Critical Research Designt
  • Recording and Production Techniques
  • Sound Design and Music for Games
  • Acoustics: Studio Design and Live Sound

Composition pathway

  • Creative and Critical Research Design
  • Composition Portfolio
  • Sound Design and Music and Games
  • Electroacoustic Composition

Computing pathway

  • Creative and Critical Research Design
  • Advanced Creative Computing for Music and Sound
  • Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Applied Music Computing Project

Optional modules

Recording and production pathway

  • Music Technology in Performance
  • Composition Portfolio
  • Music Enterprise and Career Development
  • Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Institution Wide Language Programme
  • Professional Experience
  • Student Enterprise
  • Creative Technologies Study Exchange

Composition pathway

  • Music Technology in Performance
  • Recording and Production Techniques
  • Music Enterprise and Career Development
  • Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Institution Wide Language Programme
  • Professional Experience
  • Student Enterprise
  • Creative Technologies Study Exchange

Computing pathway

  • Music Technology in Performance
  • Sound Design for Music and Games
  • Electroacoustic Composition
  • Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Institution Wide Language Programme
  • Professional Experience
  • Student Enterprise
  • Creative Technologies Study Exchange

Year 3

Core modules

  • Recording and production pathway Final Year Project
  • Professional Studio Practice

Composition pathway

  • Final Year Project
  • Free Composition

Computing pathway

  • Final Year Projects
  • Audio Programming/Sound and Music Programming

Optional modules

Recording and production pathway

  • Specialist Studio Projects
  • Emerging Music Technologies
  • Flexible Client Project
  • Collaborative Sound Project
  • Music and Sound Synthesiss

Composition pathway

  • Composition for Visual Media
  • Emerging Music Technologies
  • Implementing Game Audio
  • Collaborative Sound Project
  • Music and Sound Synthesis

Computing pathway

  • Foundations of AI
  • Emerging Music Technologies
  • Implementing Game Audio
  • Collaborative Sound Projects
  • Music and Sound Synthesis

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £16,300 per year

Qualification

On this Music Technology degree course you'll:

  • Learn how to use professional studio hardware and software to engineer and produce music and sound
  • Use sensors and alternative controllers to create installations and perform live
  • Develop original software tools for music and sound
  • Create and mix music using digital audio workstations
  • Develop transferable skills you can use beyond your degree, in areas such as critical thinking, academic writing, research, creative and reflective practice, project management, collaborative working, time management and peer assessment
  • Enhance your professional skills through experience with emerging technologies and innovative creative practice – such as using artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Have the chance to specialise in an area of music technology by studying specific 'pathway' modules in years 2 and 3

Career paths

Music technology is a continually developing field which is fundamental to many areas of the creative industries, including television, film, animation, computer games, and digital media.

You could work in roles such as:

  • composer
  • sound designer
  • audio developer
  • software developer
  • music technology lecturer
  • musical technician
  • studio manager
  • studio engineer
  • music teacher
  • game audio professional (composition and sound design)

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Portsmouth is consistently within the top-ranked institutions in the UK for student satisfaction, which is reflected in the teaching quality, but also the experience that students enjoy with us.

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The cost of living and accommodation in Portsmouth are significantly lower than in the larger cities in the UK, meaning you'll be able to live more comfortably here. The city is so compact that you don't need to take any public transport and most students/lecturers get around by bike.

The city has a population of around 200,000 and over 10% of this is made up of our student population. We have 5,000 students from overseas on campus.

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