Music Technology BA (Hons)





About the course

This course will enable you to work creatively with music technology. You will compose and mix music, and you will explore the many creative uses of sound in the Media Industries. You will develop knowledge and skills to support your own creativity, including critical listening, arranging, and sound recording. In addition, you will learn about principles of the underlying technology, and you will write your own computer programs in an easy-to-learn visual language.

Producing music or sound for media projects is an important part of this course. For example, you will learn to compose music for film, and have the opportunity to collaborate with students from Radio, Animation, TV Production and other creative courses.

Students on BA Music Technology have access to state of the art Music Technology facilities, including a dedicated computer lab with a wide range of music software, and two recording studios.



Music Technology - BA (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - W390
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Music Technology with Professional Practice Year - BA (Hons)

  • This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

    There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

    *Only available to UK/EU students.

Music Technology with Foundation Year - BA (Hons)

  • Our degrees with a Foundation year provides a supportive way for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

    In the Foundation year you will study three days per week. The focus will be on academic writing skills and numeracy, plus subject-specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

    There is a £500 Foundation Year Bursary available to UK students starting September 2017.

    More information about Music Technology with foundation year





Why choose this course?

  • Learn a wide range of industry-specific and transferable skills, including high-level computing skills
  • Study a mix of practical, theoretical and academic subjects including music and business 
  • Develop your music technology skills through regular self-directed practice
  • Gain experience on industry-standard music technology equipment and software in dedicated studios
  • Explore a wide range of musical repertoires 
  • Benefit from a course that will open doors to careers in sound recording, production and mastering; audio-related areas such as forensic audio, noise analysis/measurement, audio restoration, audio archiving, and acoustic consultancy; design & development, testing, documentation, and consultancy of music software; music technology journalism; music management; education and other areas of the music industry
  • Challenge yourself with further study including a research degree

Read more about the course here: musictech.beds.ac.uk



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Year 1
  • Computer Music Foundations
  • Production Techniques
  • Composition Practise
  • Critical Listening
  • Radio Skills
Year 2
  • Recording and Production
  • Computer Programming for Musical Applications
  • Radio
  • Music for Media
  • Music Repertoires
  • Music Business
Year 3
  • Sound for Media Collaboration
  • Algorithmic Composition
  • Radio 24/7
  • Final Project in Music Technology

View more information about the units you will be studying



Discover the School of Media and Performance

The School of Media and Performance provides opportunities for you to develop skills within your subject area in a vibrant and supportive environment.

  • Media courses are taught at our Luton campus
  • Performance courses are taught at our Bedford campus

Find out more about what we offer and how we can support you in developing your future career.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.



How will I be assessed?

The assessment methods in the course range from traditional methods for assessing knowledge and skills (in particular exams and writing essays), to activities of practice-based research (e.g. music composition and production, computer software development).

It also includes assessment methods designed to train core skills that the University expects all courses to emphasise and focus on (e.g. presentations for practicing communication).

Entry requirements

  • We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

    UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.


  • For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

    Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

    T: +44 (0)1582 743500
    E: admission@beds.ac.uk

  • As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

    We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

  • Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

  • Interview

You will be invited for an interview once your application has been processed by UCAS and if you meet the other entry requirements. Attendance at the interview is an entry requirement.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Several units in this course have a strong vocational nature. For example, in Music Business your main assessment requires you to write a business plan for a project idea of your own.

In Recording and Production, you record and mix music. In Music for Media you compose for film and other media, and in Sound for Media Collaboration you contribute sound and/or music to projects of students from other courses (eg., TV Production, Media Performance…) or other projects.

You also develop your employability in optional curricular activities, which change every year. We try to offer our students opportunities to work on projects were they gain experience for possible future jobs.

In addition, the School offers activities intended to bring you in contact with further industry professionals, such as the Media Junction events.

Graduate story

Andrew Perry

My studies in music technology at the University of Bedfordshire were some of the most valuable years of my life. I have come away from the course having gained a very good understanding of a wide range of topics. The course was kept interesting by its variety, with each unit touching on a different aspect of the music industry, from producing music for video games, TV and film, to studying the music business and copyright law.

A personal highlight of the course for me was the final year special project which allowed for great independence with topic selection and research. I produced three songs in the style of the first three sub genres of house music, along with a 20 page written document, which analyzed production techniques.

I would recommend the course to anybody aspiring to a career within the music industry.    

Joe Eftihiou

The lecturers were all very knowledgeable, with strong industry backgrounds. Working with other courses taught interpersonal skills and that the music industry is generally very collaborative. The course wasn't afraid of getting technical. The final year project I found very fulfilling. Certain units such as Radio Skills are a welcome addition that most Music Technology courses don't have.

Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 per year A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Extra costs for this course

For this course you need to have your own set of headphones; studio-quality is preferred. We estimate that a good set will cost up to £100.

*The information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

As BA Music Technology student you will have access to state of the art Music Technology facilities, including a dedicated computer lab with a wide range of music software, two recording studios  and 16 iMacs.

You can also borrow equipment from our Media Stores, such as microphones, recorders, and musical instruments. View more about facilities for your course. 

  • You will benefit from our £5.5m Media Arts Centre, which houses:
  • A broadcast television studio
  • A performance theatre and performance studio
  • Digital radio studios
  • Ten digital video editing suites
  • Electronic newsrooms
  • A white space studio
  • Multimedia suites
  • Additional studios for online and design work

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

    You can also apply online

    Find out more about how to apply

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