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University of Derby

Music Technology and Production

UCAS Code: J930
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Others in technology
Student score
74% LOW
% employed or in further study
96% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£23.6k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
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Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points

Your offer will be based on your predicted grades from your core A2s (full A levels), BTEC Diploma etc including Grade C at A level in Computing, Maths, Science or Technology or another related subject. We will accept up to 16 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project, or Music qualifications. In addition you are required to have 5 GCSEs grades A-C or grade 4 including Maths and English.  For Access to HE please see the specific credits required in the section for Access to HE. Some level of Music or Music Technology is essential.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

This accredited BSc Music Technology and Production will teach you the latest production techniques at the same time as developing your creative vision and understanding of the commercial music environment. WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE? Music Technology and Production is accredited by Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES), a consortium of industry professionals that promote excellence in music education. There is an emphasis on practical studio skills, which you can perfect in our outstanding recording studios and music technology labs. There’s also the option of a year’s work placement. Our focus on building practical experience shows in our graduate employment rates – 91% are now in jobs or further study*. *National Student Survey 2017 IS THIS COURSE FOR YOU? Choose this course if you want to explore the process of sound recording and production at the same time as developing your awareness of the commercial environment and how best to promote your music. HOW YOU WILL LEARN During practical studio sessions, you will learn to prepare, record, process and edit material to create a finished product. You’ll also conduct lab-based experiments in areas like acoustics or electronics. Thanks to our connections in the music business – Avid, Apple’s music products training division, Steinberg, Yamaha Commercial Audio and more – there will be plenty of opportunities to complete real projects, gain work experience, and hear from visiting performers and industry representatives. OPPORTUNITIES AND EXPERIENCES We are at the forefront of developments in 3D sound, so we have specialist equipment related to this. We’ll encourage you to collaborate with students on other arts courses, such as video, graphics, sound and light and technical theatre. These team projects broaden your experience and understanding; particularly of working with other professionals. CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY Sound and music technology is important in almost every aspect of the entertainment industry. Sound recordists, music producers, audio engineers, broadcasters, musicians, composers, film-makers, computer game designers and sound designers all use music technology in some form or other. Our music technology and production graduates have found success in many fields including production and studio work, outside broadcast management and web design.


University of Derby

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At Derby we provide you with education with the personal touch. We're a friendly, down-to-earth uni based in the Midlands. At Derby, you'll have to work just as hard to get your degree as at other universities, but we like to do things a bit differently. We believe in being approachable and caring, offering our students plenty of support and treating people as individuals.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 78%
Student score 74% LOW
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
9% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
15% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
23% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
290 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
68% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
19% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% HIGH
Average graduate salary £23.6k MED
Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


Graduates who are customer service occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The stats cover quite a broad subject area, but over half of the graduates we're talking about here studied some kind of audio technology subject. It's not a surprise, then, to find that the most common job for graduates from this subject last year was as a sound technician in film, TV and music. Jobs in IT, as arts officers or musicians, in marketing, or in business were also popular — these degrees can be quite flexible and give you a lot of opportunities. Another degree that falls under this heading is in transport logistics (told you it was broad!), and those graduates did particularly well as our whole just-in-time retail economy really needs good logistics skills - and graduates with those qualifications are in serious shortage. But your prospects do depend on the particular degree you take, so if you have a course in mind, take a look at the information on the university's website.
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