Entertainment Engineering Undergraduate Courses

Are you fascinated by the technology behind concerts and outside broadcasts? Do you imagine yourself as a sound engineer at Glastonbury or providing lighting for a West End show?

Our industry-focused courses are your perfect start to a career in events and entertainment engineering.

100%of students agreed that the course is intellectually stimulatingBSc (Hons) Sound, Light and Live Event Technology - National Student Survey 2023
100%of students are satisfied with the teaching on their courseBSc (Hons) Sound, Light and Live Event Technology - National Student Survey 2023
1st for satisfaction with feedbackElectronic and Electrical Engineering subject area, The Guardian University Guide 2024
Top10 for satisfaction with teachingElectronic and Electrical Engineering subject area, The Guardian University Guide 2024

Our entertainment engineering degrees will prepare you for a career in this exciting field, with hands-on experience at live events supported by expert teaching from industry professionals.

"The great thing about the course is it had a good mix of theory and practical"

"I enjoy the lighting practicals on the course as I learn the most from being hands-on. The highlights for me have been the practical sessions and working in the engineering workshops where I can build and solder different circuits and designs. Working with equipment such as lighting desks is especially good. The University offers site trips, recommends recruitment days and also has visitors from companies so we can get an insight into the industry.”

Tom Cain, BSc (Hons) Sound, Light and Live Event Technology

Why you should study Entertainment Engineering at the University of Derby

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Mason Carter, an Entertainment Engineering student, working on a lighting deck whilst at the University

New experiences

On an organised field trip as part of his degree, Mason asked a lighting designer for any upcoming opportunities. He ended up working backstage at Download Festival.

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Our first-class, industry-focused courses are your perfect start to a career in events and entertainment engineering.


You'll develop professional skills in lighting design, sound engineering and event management working with industry-standard equipment thanks to the support of AC entertainment technology. Our extensive equipment is housed in a number of facilities including several labs, an auditorium and a hemi-anechoic chamber.

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In 2022, leading loudspeaker company Meyer Sound partnered with the University of Derby to deliver online masterclasses and an in-person training course for our Entertainment Engineering students. As a student at Derby you'll also have access to full-length seminars on topics such as acoustics, loudspeakers, audio networking, spatial sound and audio fundamentals. 


Our academic team are research-active and a recent project both BSc (Hons) Sound, Light and Live Event Engineering and MSc Audio Engineering students were able to get involved in was the Odyssey project with Plus One Derby and Derby Theatre.

Bruce Wiggins and a selection of students provided the Live Ambisonic, speaker-based immersive audio system for this. We're delighted that the project has won Digital Project of the Year at The Stage Awards 2023. The judges believed The Odyssey stood out for the way it used an immersive digital VR experience to make the arts more accessible to a previously under-served group of participants across the care sector.

Sam Bowden with his colleagues holding an award

How Sam became a lighting innovator

After graduating from our BSc (Hons) Sound, Light and Live Event Technology degree, Sam Bowden has gone on to a fulfilling career journey, recently winning a prestigious industry award.

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What our Entertainment Engineering graduates do

We have an excellent employment record and our graduates work in senior roles across all areas of the entertainment industry.

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

You could also go on to study our MSc Audio Engineering postgraduate degree.

Dan Jellicoe

Making Connections

Dan began working behind the scenes on live events, such as music concerts, when he was still at school. His initial aim was to get a graduate job within the live event industry - and he's done just that.

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Undergraduate Open Days

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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Student stories

Our students and graduates are people just like you. And they are making an impact in our region and around the world by using their knowledge and skills to drive innovation and change. You can be part of that story. Let our students and graduates tell you theirs.

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