Music Technology and Audio Systems BSc(Hons)

2020-21 (also available for 2019-20)

Start date

21 September 2020

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DDM

See full entry requirements

UCAS Code

H6W3

Places available (subject to change)

40

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473116

About the course

Ever advancing technologies in the recording and audio industries mean there’s a demand for people with the right skills to help develop the next generation of music and audio technology. This course aims to give you these skills and prepare you for a wide range of exciting careers in music production and technical roles within the music and audio industries.

This popular music orientated course combines a broad range of modules covering the technical aspects of audio system development and the creative process of music production. Having access to industry-standard recording studios and design labs you will develop practical skills that will help you stand out from the crowd. Your study will combine audio theory, recording and production, software and hardware development, business and research skills, digital audio signal processing and acoustics. It’s our goal to prepare you for exciting and rewarding careers in areas such as:

  • Audio engineering
  • Audio software development
  • Product development
  • Music production
  • Live sound production
  • TV and film post production

Although this is our most technically demanding course, the emphasis is very much on the practical side of things with a focus on the use and application of equipment and processes used within an audio production environment. You'll study audio electronics and the hardware and software aspects of embedded system design, all related to the latest musical interfacing and audio processing techniques. In addition, you can study modules covering studio and concert hall recording, mixing, live music production, live event audio/visual systems, acoustics and psychoacoustics.

During your studies, you'll also get to study software development and gain valuable programming skills in several different languages which include C, C++, HTML, and Javascript. This will enable you to explore the use of the software in Music Technology applications such as DAWs and Plugins.

You will have access to industry-standard recording studios and design labs where you will develop both your practical and theoretical skills. These facilities consist of nine fully equipped Pro Tools studios, two production studios, live sound facilities, two audio workstation labs, software and electronic design and embedded systems facilities.

The studios are equipped with a variety of industry standard mixing consoles including SSL, a large format 48 channel Audient mixing console, Allan & Heath and Digidesign. We also have industry standard outboard processors, effects and high quality audio plugins from UAD and Waves.

All tutors on the course have worked in the audio and music industry. Many are members of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and are active researchers in their field presenting work at both national and international level. You’ll have the chance to draw on their expertise, and gain hands-on experience too. We value research in Higher Education and see this as a key part of your studies, so you'll learn valuable research skills as part of the course.

Our graduates have gone on from the course to work for companies like Adlib Audio working on live sound with major touring artists and Calrec Audio working on new digital mixing desks, while others have gone on to technical positions at companies like Abbey Road Studios.

Not only will you be taught how to use a broad range of industry standard equipment from a highly qualified and passionate team, but you will learn how to harness the theories and concepts needed to develop the music production tools of the future. From creating your own audio plugins for music production to building and testing high quality preamplifiers; from using digital technologies for live music production to assessing the acoustic characteristics of a live environment; the BSc in Music Technology and Audio Systems will equip you with the skills you need to evolve the 21st Century music technology industry.

Christopher Dewey

Chris Dewey, Lecturer in Music Technology and Production

Course detail

Core modules:

Professional Skills and Research Awareness

This module focuses on broadening student horizons by exploring cutting edge research and career opportunities in the context of Music Technology / Production and Audio Engineering whilst developing core transferable skills that prepare students for gainful employment and entrepreneurship.

Studio Engineering and Mixing Essentials

This module equips you with the core skills and practical principles involved in producing, engineering, and mixing popular music. You'll gain experience of working in an analogue/digital recording studio, allowing you to put your theoretical understanding to practical use in a range of situations.

Audio Technology 1

This module aims to provide an overview of the technologies found in a modern audio recording environment. You will be introduced to audio principles such as signals, acoustics, hearing, basic electronics and digital audio processing fundamentals. You’ll be supported in using these principles to develop an understanding of audio technologies found in music production, such as microphones, mixing desks, amplifiers, audio processors and speaker systems.

Desktop Music Production 1

This module will introduce you to relevant techniques and technologies for computer-based music production, including sequencing, sampling, arrangement, and a variety of other sound processing techniques. A range of practical work - both technical and creative - will develop your critical listening and production skills, and seminars will support you in applying these techniques to your own creative work.

Live Music Production

This module introduces students to the live music production industry and practical use of a broad range of equipment used for live sound reinforcement.

Web Audio

This module provides an introduction to programming in HTML/Javascript/Web Audio/Canvas, resulting in a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of programming in these areas.The module will cover the production of audio and MIDI processing routines, and elements necessary to produce a graphical user interface.

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level . A Levels must include must include the accepted qualifications as listed in Additional Information.

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications which must include a scientific, technical, technology, computing or mathematical content/qualification.

DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma. See additional information for details of what is accepted.

  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above in relevant Science/Technology subjects
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications which must include Science/Technology subjects.

Entry is also possible from the Engineering Foundation Year. You must have passed the Foundation Year.

In addition you must have GCSE Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.

Formal Music grades do not contribute to UCAS points

A Levels must include a Mathematics, Technical, Computing, Science or Engineering subject.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma must be in a Technical, Science, Computing or Engineering related subject.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered.  For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Music Technology at Huddersfield


See our students use a wide range of our professional standard recording facilities to produce a music track.

Placements


This course offers you the chance to undertake an optional placement in Year 3. This opportunity helps you to build on the knowledge and skills developed on the course. You will be employed by the company for 12 months, but the actual number of weeks worked will be dependent on the annual leave entitlement you are given in line with the placement company’s policy.

The placement year is a valuable tool that can enhance your employability and help you to develop as an individual. It is acknowledged that graduates with industry experience are generally much more attractive to employers.

Our Placement Unit will be on hand to support you in finding suitable placement opportunities. They will assist you with preparing your CV and with interview techniques. They'll also be in contact with you during your placement so that you'll be fully supported while you gain the experience that employers value so highly.

Previous placement providers have included, Warner Music, Fraunhofer in Germany, Dolby and Chapel Studios.

Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK or the EU, you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University’s Enterprise Team. You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from business advice, mentoring and networking sessions. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year here.

I saw coming to uni as a means to an end - get the degree, then I'll be able to get the job. I'm shocked how much I've grown and developed! My placement year helped me feel confident I've chosen the right career.

Fraser Gullick

Fraser Gullick, Software Test Engineer, Calrec Audio LTD

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Our students

Your career


Previous graduates from this subject area have gone on to work in a variety of roles such as freelance music producer, design support engineer, senior broadcast engineer, commercial manager UK & Europe, software developer and senior product test engineer in organisations including Solid State Logic, BBC, Warner Music Group, Sky and Calrec Audio Ltd.**

* Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

** Source: LinkedIn

80%* *Graduates employed from this course

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

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Changes to a course you have applied for

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Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

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Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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