Music Technology MSc

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UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date
September 2019

Overview

Would you like to get practical, theoretical and creative experience in recording and production, digital music systems and software, sound design and composition for film and video gaming?

Our MSc Music Technology degree course is ideal if you have a creative computing background and want to develop the skills needed to become a professional audio specialist. You'll plan and produce a personal project, and we'll provide the expertise and support so you can develop your professional practice.

When you graduate, you'll have all the tools you need for a career in the creative and media industries.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Design and develop software, hardware and networks for a project of your choice
  • Use our professional equipment and facilities including sound/music studios, multimedia labs and computing facilities
  • Carry out client-based research in the music tech industry

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Careers and opportunities

You'll develop the skills needed for a successful career in creative and media industries. This could include: 

  • Interactive technologies
  • Virtual reality
  • 3D technologies
  • Games production and development
  • Electroacoustic composition
  • Software application development
  • Sound design
  • Sound editing

Opportunities also exist in the fields of education and health and business, where audio specialists are involved in the development of audio systems, software and interfaces, installation and monitoring, and contextual acoustic research.

Entry requirements​

This qualification is an option on the Creative Technologies Master's course. You'll select MSc Creative Technologies when you apply, then choose Music Technology as your pathway project after you start the course. You'll graduate with MSc Music Technology.

These are the entry requirements for the MSc Creative Technologies course.

Entry Requirements

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. An online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full-time: £7,500
  • Part-time
    • Year 1: £5,000
    • Year 2: £2,500

International students

  • Full-time: £14,700
  • Part-time
    • Year 1: £9,800
    • Year 2: £4,900

Fees subject to annual increase

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. 

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 unit worth 60 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Professional, Academic and Research Development
  • Project Context and Definition
  • Project Design and Development
  • Project Evaluation and Resolution

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Teaching​

You'll be encouraged to explore and research your specialism, and be challenged to put your knowledge to the test. You'll learn to define, implement, evaluate and reflect on what you learn, to emerge as an expert in your field.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 3 teaching blocks with assessment periods in between:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Assessment and Activity period - January
  • Spring teaching block – January to May
  • Assessment and Activity period – May to June
  • Summer Teaching Block - June to September

      Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You can also use many of the facilities and get support from Faculty staff in the evenings and weekends.

      There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

      How you're assessed​

      You'll be assessed through:

      • project proposal
      • research and development papers
      • reflective reports
      • completed artefacts
      • presentations

      You'll be able to test your knowledge and skills informally before submitting assessments that count towards your final mark.

      You'll get plenty of feedback, to help you improve in the future.

      Apply

      Apply for this course by using our online application form. Choose Computing and Creative Technologies from the subject area list and MSc Creative Technologies from the course list. You’ll graduate with an MSc Music Technology degree when you complete the course.

      Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

      Admissions terms and conditions

      When you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply. 
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