Music Technology BSc (Hons)

Overview

If you want a career in the music industry in a creative or technical capacity, this BSc (Hons) Music Technology degree is the perfect course.

In year 1, you'll explore subjects relating to recording and production, composition, and music computing. You'll then choose a pathway through the course that focuses your studies to prepare you for your future career.

In years 2 and 3, you'll specialise in a specific area of music technology by choosing specific 'pathway' modules. Depending on which you choose, you'll get one of the following exit awards when you complete the course:

  • BSc (Hons) Music Technology (Recording and Production) – this emphasises studio recording, production and engineering skills. You'll study designated studio modules and embark on a range of practical projects.
  • BSc (Hons) Music Technology (Composition) – this emphasises creative practice, especially composition and sound design. You'll explore technological approaches to help realise your own musical works.
  • BSc (Hons) Music Technology (Computing) – this focuses on software design and development, coding, and audio programming and processing for creative projects. It'll prepare you for emerging employment and research development opportunities.

What skills and qualities do I need for this Music Technology degree course?

To get the most out of this course, you'll need to have studied A levels or a BTEC National in Music Technology or Music Production. You can also demonstrate your music and/or music technology knowledge through a portfolio, if you lack qualifications in the area. 

We're looking for enthusiastic, motivated and ambitious applicants, with backgrounds in the fundamentals of music recording, production, composition, creative computing and broader creative practice.

What you'll experience

On this Music Technology degree course you'll:

  • Learn how to use professional studio hardware and software to engineer and produce music and sound
  • Use sensors and alternative controllers to create installations and perform live
  • Develop original software tools for music and sound
  • Create and mix music using digital audio workstations
  • Develop transferable skills you can use beyond your degree, in areas such as critical thinking, academic writing, research, creative and reflective practice, project management, collaborative working, time management and peer assessment
  • Enhance your professional skills through experience with emerging technologies and innovative creative practice – such as using artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Have the chance to specialise in an area of music technology by studying specific 'pathway' modules in years 2 and 3

You'll get hands-on with professional quality studio equipment, including:

  • a valve 32 channel TL audio mixing desk
  • a 7.1 surround sound studio (Genelec) including a Slate Raven multi-touch console for multichannel work and spatial audio projects
  • an SSL Matrix 2 console with 10 Neve 1074 preamps and 16 channels of Neve and SSL dynamics and EQ
  • 4 Oakley Modular synthesisers 
  • a Buchla System 7 synthesiser – 1 of only 2 in a European university and the only one in the UK

Pro Tools and Wwise certifications

You'll also have the opportunity gain Avid Pro Tools and Audiokinetic Wwise-110 certifications.

These assure employers that you can use these industry-standard applications to a professional standard. (We're one of only 2 universities in the UK to offer Wwise certification.)

Careers and opportunities

Music technology is a continually developing field which is fundamental to many areas of the creative industries, including television, film, animation, computer games, and digital media.

What can you do with a Music Technology degree?

The practical experience you get on this course means you'll be ready to use the latest technology and equipment available to employers, giving you a head start over others when it comes to applying for jobs.

Areas you could work in include visual media, computer games, audio programming, music studio work and education.

What jobs can you do with a Music Technology degree?

You could work in roles such as:

  • composer
  • sound designer
  • audio developer
  • software developer
  • music technology lecturer
  • musical technician
  • studio manager
  • studio engineer
  • music teacher
  • game audio professional (composition and sound design)

You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level.

Whatever comes next after your studies, our Careers and Employability service will give you support and advice for up to 5 years after you graduate.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do a paid placement year. Possible placement destinations include:

  • Hot Vox Ltd – a music promotion and events company operating around London and beyond
  • Blackhill Studios – a professional recording studio in Southampton
  • Mayfield Studios – a Portsmouth based recording studio, record label and video production studio
  • University of Portsmouth Music Studios – our own music production facilities

You'll also have the option to start your own business in your placement year, such as working as a composer or sound designer.

We’ll help you secure a placement that fits your career goals. You'll get support from our Placements Office with applications, interviews and assessment days. You’ll also get mentoring and support to make the most out of your placement year, including visits from lecturers.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your CV.

BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.
A relevant qualification or experience in music/sound is required. Applicants are required to submit a digital portfolio.

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