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MSc Digital Music & Audio Production

This course has been suspended. If you have applied for a place, we will be in touch very soon.

Alternatively, you may be interested in:

MA Sound Design for Film and Television

MA Radio Production

or developing an individual research project by undertaking a Masters by Research (MRes)

This creative course provides an in-depth knowledge in key areas of music technology and production. It prepares students for employment in sectors such as internet distribution, music production and post-production, software engineering for music, composition for new media and related disciplines.

During the course, you'll develop advanced skills in audio recording, editing and processing. We will cover several aspects of digital music production, and you'll create a studio recording ready for commercial distribution. You'll also cover studio building, scheduling and management.

We offer a mix of practice based research through the use of state of the art audio production facilities and taught classes by academics and industry experts. There are six taught units and an independent project, which can be a dissertation, a portfolio of work, a software application or a combination.

Key information

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

1 year full-time

Required subjects:

Music or audio technology

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree, 2:1 or above or equivalent in a music or audio technology discipline or relevant comprehensive professional experience in the music sector. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

Year 1 

Core units

  • Intellectual Property in the Digital Economy: An understanding of the principles of intellectual property law (such as copyright, trademarks, confidentiality and related e-commerce regulation) has become indispensable for professionals aiming for a career in the digital economy. This unit will provide a thorough grounding and critical appreciation of legal sources, regulatory environment and strategic impact on business decisions.

  • Digital Music Production: This unit will allow you to develop advanced skills in audio recording, editing and processing. You will cover several aspects of digital music production leading to the creation of a studio recording ready for commercial distribution. The unit also covers studio building, scheduling and management.

  • Sound Aesthetics: The aim of this unit is to introduce potential theoretical determinants underlying practical production work. It is essential to explore a range of practical applications based on technology and knowledge developed elsewhere in this degree in conjunction with an understanding of aesthetics of sound. At this level of study it is imperative in order to understand the wider context of such aesthetic concepts. Where technology can be seen to develop ‘cause’, this unit seeks to deepen your understanding of sound by a shift in focus to intended ‘effect’.

  • Computer Music Technology: In recent years computer technology has matured to the point where it is now pervasive in many areas of music technology. Today computers are extensively used in music production, sound design, live sound and increasingly in music composition. As a result many computer-based music technologies have become available that can perform similar task. The key to being an effective music technologist/producer today is the ability to evaluate the available computer-based technology for a given task and choosing the best implementation for a particular application.

  • Research Methods: This unit will adequately prepare you for writing a project proposal and for conducting and disseminating your Individual Master's Project. You will develop key research skills in areas such as literature reviews, critical analysis of research findings, project proposals, planning, experiment design and analysis, and dissemination.

  • Individual Master's Project: Using real life problems you will use your knowledge gained from the course, research findings and industrial experiences to produce an independently conducted piece of work. The project may be linked to the research being undertaken within School of Design, Engineering & Computing research centres.

  • Networked Audio: This unit will allow students to develop skills and knowledge in the delivery of networked music and audio. The unit will cover several aspects of networked audio including, history and background, technical challenges and approaches, technical and aesthetic approaches to distributed, networked and co-located performance, and distributed recording sessions.

Programme specification

​Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for Digital Music & Audio Production.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Placement opportunities

Employment prospects are now truly international and BU encourages students to consider an international work placement or volunteering experience during their degree. One way could be through the EU funded Erasmus mobility programme which supports placements or study exchanges in Europe. Students can also participate in international placements outside of Europe. There are opportunities to engage with summer schools and volunteering projects. These experiences help students to enhance their global employability skills.

Selection criteria

Selection methods

We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their applications – there are no interviews or additional selection activities. For that reason, make sure your application really stands out from the crowd, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU.

For more information, take a look at our post graduate how to apply pages.

Full entry requirements

The normal requirements for embarking upon this course are:

  • Possession of a 2:1 degree or equivalent in a music or audio technology related discipline, or relevant comprehensive professional experience in the music sector
  • For post-experience and professional qualifications, there may be additional entry requirements set by the association or institute that ultimately administers the qualification in question. The qualification description on the course information pages should tell you what these are but please get in touch with the askBU Enquiry Service if you are in doubt

If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow - some based on experience. Contact the askBU Enquiry Service for more information.

Inernational entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (academic) 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.

You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our international entry requirements page.

Careers

This course will equip you with a solid understanding of the radical changes within the digital music and audio industry, giving you extra marketability in the professional arena and providing you with a route into a successful and rewarding career.

As an MSc Digital Music & Audio Careers graduate, you will be prepared to undertake roles such as: 

  • Producer
  • Sound designer
  • Music composer
  • Internet distributor
  • Software engineer

Industries worked in

  • Music production
  • Post-production
  • Music technology
  • Live sound
  • Composition for new media.

Further study

If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.

No hidden extras

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services, many of these are included on the Next Steps insert enclosed with your offer letter.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsidised travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Students section of the website.

Repeat Units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies, you may be required to pay additional fees equivalent to one ninth of the tuition fee per 20 credit unit.

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Facilities

Absolute Music

Absolute Music

Discover the facilities at Absolute Music, where you can access recording studios and live rooms.

Music studio

Music facilities

Read about our on-campus music facilities and find out how you can make use of them during your course.

Additional information

International students

International students

We have a strong international student community. Find all the practical advice and information you need here.