Music technology students operating mixing desk
Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date
October 2020

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.

Entry requirements​

This qualification is an option on the Creative Technologies Master's course. You'll apply for the MSc Creative Technologies course, 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

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

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

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.

What you'll study on this MSc Music Technology degree course

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

You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.

Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.

Modules

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

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.

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.

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:

  • Teaching block 1 – September to December (October to December for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 1 – January (and early February for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Teaching block 2 (includes Easter break) – January to May (February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 2 – May to June
  • Teaching block 3 – June to September

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

You can also use many of the facilities and get support from Faculty staff in the evenings and 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.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full-time: £7,800
  • Part-time
    • Year 1: £5,200
    • Year 2: £2,600

International students

  • Full-time: £15,100
  • Part-time
    • Year 1: £10,070
    • Year 2: £5,030

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 module a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

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.

Apply

Apply for this course by using our online application form:

You'll be applying for MSc Creative Technologies but 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 at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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