Music and Sound Technology (Audio Engineering/Audio Programming) MSc

About the course


The two MSc Music and Sound Technology awards are designed to provide industry-relevant post-graduate education aimed at forming creative professional for the audio, production, and post-production industry, who wish to pursue careers as creative Audio Engineers or Producers within recording, production or live sound settings (Audio Engineering pathway); or as software developers, consultants or audio-media specialists (Audio Programming pathway). Students take hands-on sessions in the University's state-of-the-art facilities, including a top-class SSL studio, guided by dedicated tutors with significant industry experience. The postgraduate curriculum covers all the most relevant and current skills of the field, and sessions and assessment are designed to reproduce, as far as possible and appropriate, the realities of the commercial environment.

We are one of the largest music department in the UK, offering a rich portfolio of forward-looking music programmes uniquely designed to develop the most relevant skills in the current industry. The environment is friendly and supportive, and students benefit from being part of a large community of creatives in all fields: from film, to new media, performance, and fine arts.

Our top-class facilities include:

  • 2 labs, each with 36 workstations dual monitor Apple Intel
  • a large recording studio with latest SSL AWS 900+ SE 
  • a medium-size studio with Yamaha 02R/96
  • 3 monitoring spaces for surround sound 
  • a dubbing suite for audio-to-video work 
  • a foley studio for sound design work 
  • Sony Game studio 
  • multimedia studios
  • anechoic chamber 
  • TV studio 
  • a 460-seats state-of-the-art performance venue with A/V recording facilities

Why choose this course?

  • On the Music and Sound Technology MSc you will choose between two different pathways, Audio Engineering or Audio Programming, to pursue fully industry-relevant post-graduate education.
  • Explore the most advanced studio techniques, technologies and processes at the forefront of current music production.
  • Unleash your creative potential and cultivate your own individual style to produce original arrangements, mixes, re-mixes and mastering work.
  • Deliver comprehensive solutions and support for live sound in a variety of performance settings.
  • On this postgraduate degree you will create your own A/V interfaces, plug-ins, and programming codes.

Entry requirements...

A Bachelor degree in Music Technology or related subjects. All applicants will be expected to have a solid prior knowledge of standard music studio devices, including practical experience across a range of typical audio software. Applicants interested in the Audio Programming route will need additionally to demonstrate an element of prior experience in this area. This may include an understanding of underlying principles, or programming using a high-level language, such as Max/MSP, Java, or C/C++. Applicants lacking formal qualifications may be considered if they can demonstrate significant relevant industry experience.

Study routes

  • Full Time, 1 Years
  • Part Time, 2 Years


  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


When you graduate from these awards you will be ideally positioned to act as an interface between various music technologies and composers/producers. You may also consider a range of related positions such as lecturer, technical editor for music technology publications and other similar professions in the music industry or consider further study at doctoral level.

Teaching methods

Lecture, seminars and tutorials are typically scheduled over two consecutive days a week, plus some extra sessions for particular workshops, performance, recording, etc., as necessary. In addition to scheduled sessions, students are expected to engage in continuous self-directed study and studio practice.

Professional Accreditations

Skillset Media Academy


Year 1

Core Modules

  • Discourse / Reflection: Music, Media and Production

    This module explores key techniques and technologies employed in current music production, placing them in direct relation to the aesthetic issues associated with such usage. Covering from electroacoustic music to a range of popular genres, this module enables students to utilise techniques and technologies in ways that are imaginative yet appropriate and coherent to the particular artistic context of their productions.

  • Practice 2: Audio Engineering

    This module covers advanced areas of contemporary sound engineering and production practice, both complementing and building upon those covered in the Music, Media and Production module of this Programme.


Fees & funding

Fees 2015

UK/EU Students

Full time: £7,250 for the 2015 academic year

International Students

Full time: £12,500 for the 2015 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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How to apply


Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201525/09/2016Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201525/09/2016Apply online (Part Time)