Drive the next generation of audio technology with the help of this distinctive masters programme. Underpinned by pioneering research, excellent teaching and first-rate facilities, our MSc Audio Engineering equips you with the skills and knowledge valued most by employers in the rapidly changing and dynamic field of audio engineering.
- Hone your skills on a cutting-edge MSc programme developed in consultation with industry leaders
- Gain up-to-the-minute knowledge in areas which are central to the needs of the sector, including audio electronics, live sound reinforcement, surround sound systems and software engineering
- Prepare for high-level careers in the industry: our graduates have gone on to work for world-leading firms such as d&b audiotechnik, Bowers & Wilkins, Holovis and MQA
- Benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, ranging from 3D multichannel sound rooms to a hemi-anechoic chamber
- Be inspired by experienced and supportive lecturers who are renowned in the field and whose research even featured on Blue Planet II
- Engage in your own cutting-edge research, with the chance to contribute to publications and international conferences
- Hear from top industry professionals through fascinating guest lectures and master classes
- Boost your employability: we’re ranked 15th highest amongst all UK universities and 12th for English institutions, with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree (HESA 2016.)
Find out more about the exciting projects being undertaken by staff and students in our Entertainment Engineering specialist subject group.
This MSc programme enables graduates with good first degrees in Electronic Engineering, Music Technology or similar subjects to develop the higher-level expertise they need to enter the specialist field of audio engineering. With a flexible part-time study option available, it also represents an excellent route for professionals already working within the sector to upgrade their skills and understanding.
At the forefront of industry developments
Audio engineering is a well-developed and far-reaching field encompassing subjects such as loudspeaker and microphone design, analogue and digital electronics, digital signal processing, acoustics, psychoacoustics, computer programing and beyond.
There is a widespread need for audio engineers in these fields and the skills you gain on the MSc will set you apart as a high-calibre, well-trained and forward-thinking professional.
The course is designed with a focus on innovation and critical thinking. When you graduate, you will be capable of working with – and shaping – the next generation of audio technology. You will also be ideally positioned to remain at the leading edge of audio engineering throughout your future career.
Expertise to inspire you
You will be taught by experienced, research-active lecturers who boast an international profile in audio engineering and will support you to reach your full potential. They include Dr Adam Hill, who also has extensive experience as a live sound engineer, and Dr Bruce Wiggins, who has a particular specialism in ambisonic surround sound systems.
The team’s research findings have been published and presented at international conferences and referenced in British Standards. One underwater acoustics project was even spotlighted on the BBC’s Blue Planet II. Studies into the health of coral reefs, undertaken in partnership with the Universities of Exeter and Essex, featured in the programme to show how sea creatures in and around reefs use sound for a number of purposes. The underwater recordings taken as part of the research were analysed with the help of Dr Hill.
As an MSc student, you will engage with the cutting-edge research being undertaken by our experts. Our Entertainment Engineering group hosts the annual Sounds in Space research symposium, which brings leading spatial audio researchers to the University to demonstrate their latest work.
We have made a substantial investment in state-of-the-art facilities so that you can gain insights into the latest technology transforming the industry today.
You will have the opportunity to learn and conduct research in our 3D multichannel sound rooms, a hemi-anechoic chamber, a virtual reality cave, live event production spaces and fully-equipped analogue and digital electronics laboratories.
A rich learning experience
Because we maintain close links with local, national and international industry, as well as the leading professional bodies, our teaching remains contemporary and relevant. We regularly invite representatives from industry to give guest lectures and masterclasses.
Our students also have the chance to hear from world-leading experts and expand their professional networks at the annual Reproduced Sound conference.
Your learning experience will be varied and vibrant. You will study as an individual but also have the chance to work as part of a group on integrated project work. This gives you insights into working within diverse teams to solve engineering problems. There is also plenty of opportunity, through independent study, to pursue projects which match your professional interests and career ambitions.
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Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
Our MSc programme has been developed in consultation with leading figures in the audio engineering industry. All teaching and learning exercises are focused on real-world applications. For some assignments, certain tasks require working with various individuals in the industry for guidance and mentorship.
Assessment involves a combination of coursework and examinations. Coursework entails individual and group assignments, all with a focus on real-world applications.
You will require:
- An appropriate undergraduate degree in Engineering, Science or Music Technology (2:2 or above) or an equivalent qualification.
- If English is not your first language, then you will need to hold IELTS 6.0 or above.
This programme is suitable for UK, EU and international applicants.
2020/21 Fees (August 2020 - July 2021)
£875 per 20 credits*
£875 per 20 credits*
£14,700 for the full programme
*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.
|Postgraduate Certificate||60 Credits|
|Postgraduate Diploma||120 Credits|
|MA or MSc||180 Credits|
This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.
As a graduate of the MSc Audio Engineering, you will be ideally prepared to progress into rewarding careers within many fields of professional activity – or to advance an existing career if you are already employed.
You will find that high-calibre audio engineers are in demand in fields such as:
- Electroacoustic engineering (loudspeakers, power amplifiers and so on)
- Software engineering (digital signal processing, software development and so on)
- Sound reinforcement
- Automotive engineering
Our teaching team can give you advice on relevant employment opportunities and you will receive full support from the University’s Careers and Employment Service, who can assist in areas such as job application and interview techniques.
Where are they now? Find out where our graduates’ careers have taken them.
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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.