• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2019 and February 2020

Course Overview

This course is offered as a four year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

This four year full time course will offer a scientific perspective on audio and music technology, and is designed to prepare students for careers in both the audio and music industry. The programme will be of interest to aspiring audio engineers, audio mixers, studio managers, acousticians, technicians, DSP engineers, sound designers, experimental composers, software and hardware developers, and passionate, creative students who love all things audio. This course is also offered as a three year course without a foundation year.

You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with students from other courses, for example musicians, engineers, music producers, film and TV producers, video games designers, graphic artists, actors and dancers just to name a few. This will all help to grow your network; essential for success in the creative industries. As a Bucks student, you’ll also have free access to the XTC collaborations platform, so finding a collaborator for your projects from any field as never been easier.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details

UCAS CODE: MST4

During the course, you’ll learn about software engineering, electronics engineering, and recording studio engineering – learning the science behind audio hardware and software. This knowledge may allow you to develop your own technology software or hardware products. You’ll also cover acoustics and psychoacoustics, learning about the psychology behind the perception of sound, and the physiological effects it can have. Other topics covered on the course include sound design, sonic art, experimental music composition, post production audio, and mixing and mastering for different media applications.

Our High Wycombe Campus is home to our multi-million pound Sennheiser Sound Lab, fully equipped by world leading production suppliers and partners, so you can get your hands on the same tools as the best in the business. Our suppliers include Sennheiser, Midas, Focusrite, Novation, University Audio, Native Instruments, and AC Lighting. There are a wide range of creative facilities to explore, from our music rehearsal space, to our TV studios and green-screen room. You can also access live event venues such as the Students’ Union, Wycombe Swan Theatre and Wycombe Town Hall.

We have partnerships with Focusrite, Sennheiser, BBC Introducing, Watford Football Club and more. As a Bucks student, you will have the opportunity to connect with our partners, for example through guest lectures, demonstrations, product testing, industry trips and work experience.

You will be taught by tutors who have worked in the music industry in areas such as studio-based music production, live sound engineering and production, sound design, location recording and audio post production for TV, film and other media.

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year.

If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to admissions@bucks.ac.uk

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Foundation Year Modules

  • Introduction to Music Management, Production and Performance
  • Preparing for Success: Knowledge & Creativity
  • Preparing for Success: Self Development & Responsibility
  • Inquiry Based Learning

Year 1 Modules

  • Computer Programming: Data
  • Audio Production Technologies
  • Introduction to Recording
  • Introduction to Electronic Circuits and Devices
  • Acoustics
  • Computer Programming: DSP
  • Audio Production Practice
  • Introduction to Pro Tools

Year 2 Modules

  • Sound for Vision
  • Audio Production Techniques: Studio
  • The Music Entrepreneur
  • Experimental Music Composition

Year 3 Modules

  • Production Company Project
  • Sound Design
  • Professional Skills Audit
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Fees

How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, September 2019: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, September 2019: £12,000 per year

Full Time Home and EU, February 2020: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, February 2020: £12,000 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023
advice@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

Teaching team

Employability

What are my career prospects

There are a number of roles that graduates could go in to including; audio engineer, mix engineer, mastering engineer, live sound engineer (for music, theatre etc), systems technician, studio technician, acoustician, installation specialist, TV or radio recording, product designers, sound editor, programmer. During your time at Bucks you will have built a comprehensive network of contacts, have worked in industry-standard facilities, gained work experience, and been taught by industry practitioners and professionals.


The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.