Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 Years, Part-time: 5 Years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2021/22)

International/EU fee

£14,045 per year (2021/22)

UCAS points

112-120 (2022 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

One of the leading courses of its kind in the country, this degree prepares you for a technical career in the pulsating world of live events. With the technology involved becoming ever more complex, there is an urgent demand for more skilled engineers and technicians in the industry.

Find out more about the exciting projects being undertaken by staff and students in our Entertainment Engineering specialist subject group.

If you have the potential and ambition to study with us, but feel you’re not quite ready to join the BSc (Hons) Sound, Light and Live Event Technology right now, why not consider taking this course with a foundation year?

94%of students are satisfied with the course overall**BSc (Hons) Sound, Light and Live Event Technology - National Student Survey 2021
95%of students are satisfied with the teaching on their course**BSc (Hons) Sound, Light and Live Event Technology - National Student Survey 2021
1stin the UK for student satisfaction with teaching**The Guardian University Guide 2022, Engineering: Electronic and Electrical subject area
1st in the UK for student satisfaction with the course**The Guardian University Guide 2022, Engineering: Electronic and Electrical subject area

Entertainment Engineering - your questions answered

In the below video, Senior Lecturer, Dr Bruce Wiggins, answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Entertainment Engineering at the University of Derby. You can also watch exclusive subject content by signing up to Derby on Demand.

Dr Bruce Wiggins, Senior Lecturer in Entertainment Engineering

View Entertainment Engineering - your questions answered! video transcript

Our BSc (Hons) Sound, Light and Live Event Technology is an engineering centred but practical-based course for anyone keen to embark on a career in the events industry. It is also ideal for professionals who have experience in the sector but want a deeper understanding of the theory, along with a recognised qualification.

The degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer. Completing an accredited degree will give you an added boost to your CV and recognised qualification to employers.

This degree covers a broad range of subjects – from lighting technology, audio engineering, video systems, power distribution and rigging to electronics, computing, acoustics, computer aided design and simulation.

You will learn both the theory and practice relating to the underlying technologies and will develop hands-on skills by planning and delivering real live events.

We offer an optional industrial year as part of this degree to give you further practical experience and to strengthen your CV. Please check the relevant UCAS codes in the Fact File section before you apply.

Why you should study Entertainment Engineering at the University of Derby
A side view of the stage where Russell Kane performed at Freshers 2020

Being in Derby has allowed me to work with some great industry professionals on large scale events. One of my favourites was working with other students for Freshers 2020. Running the tech for comedian Russell Kane was a definite highlight.

Daniel Jellicoe
Sound, Light and Live Event Technology student

The ideal learning environment

As this is an engineering course, you will study 'how it works' – learning about the underlying mathematics and electronics in our electronics and computing laboratories.

You will also learn ‘how to work it’ - developing professional skills in lighting design, sound engineering and event management, with practice in our dedicated production space and in venues around the city.

We offer industry-standard equipment and you can get to grips with the latest technology, thanks to our links with AC Entertainment Technology Ltd.

Facilities include:

You’ll also have access to our Makerspace – a workshop where you can work on any project and turn your ideas into a prototype. Equipment includes a laser cutter, 3D printers, soldering irons and CNC machines. It’s a fantastic place to collaborate with other students across the University.

SLLET students setting up
SLLET students in the auditorium
SLLET students setting up recording

Your teaching team

The teaching team has a remarkable range of experience across the sector with some still practising in the industry around their teaching. Some are also research active with an international profile. They include:

With outstanding subject knowledge and a wealth of industry experience, our lecturers including Adam Hill provide you with the opportunity to fulfil your potential.

View Adam Hill - Sound, Light and Live Event Technology video transcript

What you will study

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.

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus entrance

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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How you will learn

Sound, Light and Live Event Technology student, Regan Hawley, playing a guitar.

Personally, the guest speakers have been the highlight of the course. It has given me an insight to what is expected of me in the real world when embarking on my career, from both the technical and social side of things.

Regan Hawley
Sound, Light and Live Event Technology student

Real world learning

You will have the opportunity to take an optional work placement between stages two and three, during which you will gain an additional qualification, the Diploma in Professional Practice.

In addition, you will benefit from guest lectures, product demonstrations and venue visits. Recent guest speakers have included:

Many of our students also take on casual work with production and hire companies in the area, adding a new dimension to their real world learning experiences.

How you are assessed

You will be assessed through laboratory and practical exercises, written reports and exams. You will also work on group projects, including venue and event evaluations, and will be assessed on the concerts and productions you manage and create. 

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Entry requirements

2022 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2022 entry.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112-120
A-levelsBBB-BBC (At least a grade C in either a Science or Technology related subject (or equivalent qualification))
GCSEAt least five GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths and English at grade 4/C or above
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6. Must include passes in compulsory Level 3 subjects

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees (August 2021 - July 2022)


£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module


£14,045 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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We have an excellent employment track record and our graduates work in all areas of the entertainment industry. You could work as an engineer at a hire or production company - specifying, designing and operating sound, lighting, staging and video systems - or as a theatre technical manager. Many of our graduates work as freelance engineers or set up their own businesses.

Some graduates also progress to roles in design and manufacturing, media, broadcasting, acoustics, technical sales and support, education and event technology. There are opportunities to advance to postgraduate studies too

Graduate Tom Bland playing bass guitar

Thanks to this course, I’ve put sound systems into some of the biggest venues in the UK, I’ve flown thousands of miles around the world, and I’m now a technical lead on one of the most technologically advanced attractions ever to be designed.

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

Contact us

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† Additional information about your studies

5 Years Minimum 

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Please also note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, if your course offers fieldtrips, the location of these may change or be cancelled. If this happens, you will be communicated to in advance and we will do our very best to seek out other practical opportunities to ensure your experience is not affected.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2021 - August 2022 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

Included in your fees

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.

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