Music Technology

UCAS codes

  • W350 -

Course contact

Derek Turner
ask@uws.ac.uk
+44 (0)141 849 4101

School

  • School of Engineering and Computing

Qualifications and durations

  • BSc - 3 Years
  • BSc Hons - 4 Years

Campus

Start date(s)

  • September
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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 inc 2 of Maths; Music or Music Technology; or Physics, Computer Science or Technological Systems
GCE A-Levels: CCC inc 2 of Maths; Music or Music Technology; or Physics, Computer Science or Technological Systems
Irish Leaving Certificate: HL: BBBC2 including Maths and Music plus either Physics or Technology
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (including 4, 4 at HL)
BTEC National Diploma: Music Technology
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Sound Production; Music Technology; Music and Audio Technology (for SQA awards, with Grade B in the Graded Unit)
SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Sound Production; Music and Audio Technology; Music Technology; or relevant discipline (for SQA awards, with Grade A in the Graded Unit)

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
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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
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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
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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)
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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).

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Useful Information

  • 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. 

    Additional costs

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