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University of Portsmouth

Music Technology

UCAS Code: W370

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


112-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels. A relevant qualification or experience in music/sound is required.

112-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma. Must be accompanied by relevant experience or additional qualifications related to Music.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 48-50. A relevant qualification or experience in music/sound is required.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects. A relevant qualification or experience in music/sound is required.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H3,H3,H3,H3,H3


A relevant qualification or experience in music/sound is required.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D*

A relevant qualification or experience in music/sound is required.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM-DDM

A relevant qualification or experience in music/sound is required.

112-120 Tariff points. A relevant qualification or experience in music/sound is required.

UCAS Tariff

112-120

112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. A relevant qualification or experience in music/sound is required. Applicants are required to submit a digital portfolio.

You may also need to…

Present a portfolio

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Music production

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.

**The 3 pathways you can choose from are:**

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.
Music Technology (Composition) – this emphasises creative practice, especially composition and sound design. You'll explore technological approaches to help realise your own musical works.
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.

**What you'll experience**
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

You'll get hands-on with professional quality studio equipment, including:

- a valve 32 channel TL audio mixing desk

- a 7.1 surround sound studio (Genelec) including a Slate Raven multi-touch console for multichannel work and spatial audio projects

- an SSL Matrix 2 console with 10 Neve 1074 preamps and 16 channels of Neve and SSL dynamics and EQ

- 4 Oakley Modular synthesisers

- a Buchla System 7 synthesiser – 1 of only 2 Buchla synths in the UK, and the only Buchla synth in a European university

**Pro Tools and Wwise certifications**
You'll also have the opportunity gain Avid Pro Tools and Audiokinetic Wwise-110 certifications.

These assure employers that you can use these industry-standard applications to a professional standard. (We're one of only 2 universities in the UK to offer Wwise certification.)

**What can you do with a Music Technology degree?**
The practical experience you get on this course means you'll be ready to use the latest technology and equipment available to employers, giving you a head start over others when it comes to applying for jobs.

Areas you could work in include visual media, computer games, audio programming, music studio work and education.

**What jobs can you do with a Music Technology degree?**
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)

You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level.

Whatever comes next after your studies, our Careers and Employability service will give you support and advice for up to 5 years after you graduate.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
International
£16,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
high
Music production

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

86%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
71%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
89%
Male students
11%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
E

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design, and creative and performing arts

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
high
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
63%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

35%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
23%
Design occupations
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative arts & design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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