MSc Music and Sound Technology (Audio Engineering)

Why choose Herts?

Employment Prospects: Graduates work as exciting composers, producers, technician managers, technical editors, and sound engineers for organisations such as Apple, Channel 4, and Creative Assembly.

Teaching Excellence: Delivered by Bruce Aisher, a music producer, songwriter, composer, remixer, sound designer and technology journalist with featured work in over 100 commercially released tracks (including a US Billboard Club Chart No.1) and on TV programmes such as ‘CSI’ and 'Top Gear', and products by Apple, Clavia, and Native Instruments.

Industry-Focussed Content: Learn advanced studio techniques, music production technologies, and processes  using state-of-the-art compositional devices and strategy applicable to DAW-based realisation of original material.

About the course

  • 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.

Why choose this course?

Music and Sound Technology in Audio Engineering is 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 within recording, production or live sound settings. 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:

  • A large recording studio featuring a 32-fader Neve Genesys Black analogue mixing console (with Neve 1073 mic-preamps + 88R and 1084 EQ) / 64-channel Protools HD MADI system / PMC IB2S-A midflield monitors / Neumann surround monitoring / two racks of high-end analogue and digital outboard compression, EQ and effects (Neve, Focusrite, Drawmer, 1176, LA2A, Pultec) / UAD DSP processing with full suite of plug-ins
  • Medium-size studio featuring a Neve Genesys / Protools HD system with RedNET and Neumann 5.1 monitoring.
  • Acoustically-treated, surround-equipped, iMAc mix/production spaces with Slate Raven Mti touchscreen control and REDNet, and Kawai acoustic pianos
  • Live recording booth/spaces
  • Monitoring spaces for surround sound mixing
  •  Dubbing suite for A/V work (foley, ADR, etc.)
  • Dual-monitor Apple iMac labs (each with a large range of s/w - including Logic, Ableton Live, Reason, ProTools, MaxMSP, Native Instruments Komplete, East West Composer Cloud)
  • Atate-of-the-art performance venue with Soundcraft vi1 console and full RedNET integration
  • Outboard including Digidesign Pro Tools, Lexicon TLAudio, TC Electronic and Focusrite
  • Top-quality dynamic, condenser and ribbon microphones, including Soundfield, Neumann, AKG, Coles, Shure, Audio-Technica, Beyerdynamic.

What will I study?

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 continuous self-directed study and studio practice.

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Creative Economies 15 Credits Compulsory
    Research and Enquiry 15 Credits Compulsory
    Audio Production and Design 30 Credits Compulsory
    Studio Technologies, Processes and Practices 30 Credits Compulsory
    Music and Sound Project 60 Credits Compulsory
    Audio Engineering 30 Credits Compulsory
    Research and Enquiry (Online) 15 Credits Optional
    Creative Economies (Online) 15 Credits Optional
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
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    Programme specifications
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    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year

    n/a

    Applications open to international and EU students

    Yes

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