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  • 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.

MSc Music and Sound Technology (Audio Programming) Gallery



Why choose this course?

Music specialising in Audio Programming is designed to provide industry-relevant postgraduate 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 as software developers, consultants or audio-media specialists. 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
  • Large recording studio with latest SSL AWS 900+ SE 
  • Studio with Yamaha 02R/96
  • 3 monitoring spaces for surround sound 
  • Dubbing suite for audio-to-video work 
  • Foley studio for sound design work 
  • Sony Game studio 
  • Multimedia studios
  • Anechoic chamber 
  • TV studio 
  • 460-seat state-of-the-art performance venue with A/V recording facilities

Course details

Careers

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 and recording. In addition to scheduled sessions, students are expected to engage in self-directed study and studio practice.

Structure

Level 7

Core Modules

  • Creative Economies - 15 Credits
  • Research and Enquiry - 15 Credits
  • Audio Production and Design - 30 Credits
  • Studio Technologies, Processes and Practices - 30 Credits
  • Music and Sound Project - 60 Credits
  • Audio Programming - 30 Credits

Optional

  • Research and Enquiry (Online) - 15 Credits
  • Creative Economies (Online) - 15 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £700 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12650 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1050 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

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

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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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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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 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.

If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

How to apply

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
26/09/201922/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)
26/09/201922/09/2020Apply online (Part Time)

2020

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26/09/202022/09/2021Apply online (Full Time)
26/09/202022/09/2021Apply online (Part Time)