Music Composition and Technology BSc (Hons)

About the course


This Music Composition and Technology degree encourages you to develop your own personal musical language. You will have the opportunity to explore your creative interests and ideas through a series of compositional projects. On this degree you will investigate a wide range of compositional trends, using both acoustic instruments and technology in your own creative work. You will be in the centre of these investigations, empowered to explore and engage in the full spectrum of current compositional practices. The degree runs in parallel with the Music Commercial Composition and Technology degree.

Why choose this course?

  • On the Music Composition and Technology degree you will be encouraged to develop your own personal musical language.
  • Investigate a wide range of compositional trends, utilising both acoustic instruments and technology.
  • You will have the opportunity to explore your creative interests and ideas through a series of compositional projects.
  • Music at the University of Hertfordshire came a full 12% ahead of the rest of the HE Music providers as rated by final year students in the new National Student Survey.
  • The University of Hertfordshire is the No. 1 new university for Music, ahead of many established universities and conservatories (The Guardian Subject League Tables 2011). 
  • We have some of the best resources in the UK, including the 29 million pound Forum where our students perform every month, and state-of-the art music studios and film and TV facilities.
  • Our music industry advisory panel is second to none in the UK and includes key figures in the music industry such as Tim Clark (Robbie Williams's manager), Mike Smith (MD Columbia Records) and Korda Marshall (who signed Take That, James Blunt etc.)

Entry requirements...

260 points, including GCE A Level or equivalent in music or music technology or grade V theory ABRSM theory or grade Vll/Vlll ABSRM practical. Plus GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above; Key skills are accepted as equivalent.

The University also accepts a number of other equivalent qualifications including BTEC, IB and Access courses – to find out more about the requirements for these and  other equivalent qualifications please go to:

Our offer for the International Baccalaureate (IB) is made outside of the UCAS Tariff and is calculated by dividing our tariff point offer by 10 i.e. 280 UCAS points equals 28 IB points.

Study routes

  • Full Time, 3 Years
  • Part Time, 5 Years
  • Sandwich, 4 Years


  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in the BBC and PRS, as well as composing for television, sound design for computer games, sound engineering and teaching. Several have continued their studies for Master's and PhD degrees.

Work Placement

Placements are a valuable means of establishing industrial contacts and gaining an insight into the commercial reality of a chosen discipline. We have a long history of students working with industry supplementing the taught university curriculum with real life on the job experience.

This has seen students working right across the creative industries sector: in graphic, product and interior design consultancies, working as artist in residence in galleries, producing props and sets for the film & TV industry, shadowing teachers in education, working with commercial photographers through to students working right across the Music industry.

Study Abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad through the University's study abroad programme.
Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.
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Professional Accreditations

Skillset Media Academy


Year 2

Core Modules

  • Perspectives of Music 2

    This module examines the styles, idioms, developments and innovations that occurred in popular Western music during the early to mid 20th century and will look at models which demonstrate differing stylistic parameters and techniques of construction. Reference will be made to developments in both instrumental as well as electroacoustic music. The relationship between sound and image will be analysed and students will be led towards describing the relationship in appropriate and detailed terms. Finally, the changing face of business within the cultural industries will be examined during the period from mid 20th century to the current day, focusing on the commercial sector. Students (film and gaming only) will gain a greater understanding of the aesthetics of audio-visual practice.


  • Professional Work Experience 30: Music

    Students may identify a work experience opportunity or have a work experience suggested to them. Before starting students meet with the Programme Leader or their nominated tutor, to discuss the impending placement. All aspects of the intended experience are addressed from health and safety to client confidentiality and students are given guidance on behaviour and how to manage expectations. Proposals need to identify an outline work programme, the number of days in placement and the main learning outcomes; and are subject to agreement of the Programme Leader.

Year 4

Core Modules

  • Studies and Investigations 3 (Version 2)

    Studies and Investigations 3 is designed to foster intellectual curiosity and independent thought. Students are offered a range of options, each examining a particular aspect of musicology or music history in detail. Two options should be chosen, which make up two thirds of the available points for the module. (The options include topics such as Sound Cognition and Perception 3, Experimental Music, Crossovers and Fusions, World Music or Film Music Analysis 3.) The other third of the module is taken up by an independent study, which can take the form of a 4000 word essay, formal presentation or experimental project. The topic for this is decided in conjunction with a tutor, who will guide the student to relevant resources. Compulsory tutorials and seminars ensure that the student maintains an appropriate timetable for the completion of the study. The outcomes from work experience may replace the independent study submission. The Summer Work Experience provides students with the chance to experience aspects of professional practice in their discipline within the creative and cultural industries. A wide variety of placements are possible in commercial, public or not-for-profit sectors. The work experience would be taken over the summer period prior to the start of level 6 and be reported on as part of the assessment submission of the module, normally the outcomes from work experience would form part of the Independent Study submission although it may replace one of the optional topics given the approval of the Programme Leader and Studies and Investigations tutor.


Fees & funding

Fees 2015

UK/EU Students

Full time: £9,000 for the 2015 academic year

International Students

Full time: £11,500 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
28/09/201520/05/2016Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201520/05/2016Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201520/05/2016Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201520/05/2016Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)