Music Technology

UCAS codes

  • W350 -

Course contact

Derek Turner
+44 (0)141 849 4101


  • School of Engineering and Computing

Qualifications and durations

  • BSc - 3 Years
  • BSc Hons - 4 Years


Start date(s)

  • September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

The BSc Music Technology gives you the knowledge and practical skills to work in technology related jobs in the music industry, including studio engineer, sound recordist and broadcast engineer. Accredited by Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES), it also includes invaluable placement opportunities.

BSc Music Technology - University of the West of Scotland

Music Technology - 87 percent for overall student satisfaction

SQA Highers: BBBC including Maths and Music
GCE A-Levels: CC including Maths and Music
Irish Leaving Certificate: HL: H3 H3 H3 H4 including Maths and Music
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (including 4, 4 at HL)
BTEC National Diploma: Music Technology
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points
SQA HNC (Grade A) / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Sound Production, Music Technology, Music and Audio Technology
SQA HND (Grade B) / BTEC Level 5 HND: Sound Production, Music and Audio Technology, Music Technology or a relevant discipline

You will use modern computer-based equipment for live sound reinforcement, studio and location recording, and production and post-production processing of music and audio for various applications including distribution, multimedia, film, animation, and computer games.

Guest speakers from industry also form part of the programme to further deepen your understanding of the subject.  Recent examples include Andrew Britton of BBC Scotland who delivered a masterclass to Honours year students; Alan McEwan, Studio Manager Brick Lane Studios who spoke to students about business planning; and Ross Cooney of Street Jazz Music Group who delivered a lecture on entrepreneurship.

Year 1

Modern music production techniques will be analysed and you will develop your critical listening skills. Topics include audio editing and audio technology and you can develop your abilities in written music and harmony using a computer-based score editor.

Year 2

You will become proficient in the use of two industry-leading music software packages for recording and editing and in the use of professional standard live sound equipment. The theory of sound reinforcement systems will be developed and complemented with SMAART measurements on real systems. Options include development of compositional skills and audio technology.

Year 3

Audio for film, animation and multimedia is explored, culminating in a group project to produce a promotional multimedia CD for a band or artist. Business and legal aspects are studied. You could participate in a music industry placement in the UK or abroad in a partner institution, such as the Harris Institute in Canada.

Year 4 (Honours)

The advanced audio topics of mastering and surround mixing complete your experience of audio engineering applied to the areas of film and animation. Audio signal processing will concentrate on synthesis techniques and the development of VST plug-in instruments. You will undertake a major personal project. Study choices include acoustics or developing audio for computer games applications.
Careers include studio engineers; sound recordists; broadcast engineers; audio editors; sound technicians; further and higher education; or as AV installation engineers. Many graduates choose to work as freelancers and some set up their own business. In Year 3 you may be able to participate in a music industry placement in the UK, or abroad in a partner institution like the Harris Institute in Canada.  In recent years students have undertaken placements with organisations such as SSE Hydro, the BBC and WavLab.

This Honours programme is accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support).


Useful Information

  • Merit Scholarships available. Non-EU applicants who meet or exceed our entry criteria are invited to apply. Applicants who have succeeded despite unusual challenges are particularly encouraged to apply
     93% overall satisfaction (NSS 2015)

    91% of students in work/further study six months after graduating (HESA performance indicator 2014/15)

    Delivery of the Music Technology degree is primarily at the University’s Paisley Campus; however students may also choose from a selection of optional modules which include some delivered on Ayr Campus. In addition to the facilities in Paisley, students will have access to facilities at Ayr Campus which include additional recording studios. 

    To further enhance your career prospects, the programme offers the opportunity from level 7, as an enrolled student, to gain AVID Pro Tools certification with no additional tuition fees. For further information regarding availability and purchase of official AVID courseware please contact

    The University of The West of Scotland is an AVID Learning Partner.

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    Additional costs

    Students arriving in Year 1 should ensure that they purchase a pair of good quality headphones.