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University of Hertfordshire

Music and Sound Design Technology

UCAS Code: W352
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time, abroad 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Music
Student score
77% MED
% employed or in further study
97% MED
Average graduate salary
£17.3k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Minimum of 2 A levels.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points

GCSE Maths and English Language at grade C or above. A level Music Technology, Science or Technology based subjects.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 104 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

On the Music Technology degree you will learn how digital technology has transformed the music industry in recent years, and how you can benefit from these fundamental changes. Develop your programming, mixing and production skills using state of the art software including Logic, Pro Tools, Reason and MAX/MSP. Whilst on the degree you will benefit from our high quality studio resources: SSL and Yamaha mixing desks, and hardware by top names such as Neumann, TLA, Lexicon and Drawmer. Study the electronic principles underlying hardware devices, and the programming techniques for software development. Investigate the physical and scientific principles behind sound and music. The Music Technology degree enables you to explore your own creative work through song writing and other compositional tasks. Participate in "live" projects such as the UHR record label, and JamJar showcase concerts. Collaborate with film makers and animators in realising fully featured, professional standard media projects. Our music industry advisory panel is second to none in the UK and includes key figures in the music industry such as Tim Clark (Robbie Williams's manager), Mike Smith (MD Columbia Records) and Korda Marshall (who signed Take That, James Blunt etc.)


University of Hertfordshire

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If you are looking for an amazing student experience, Hertfordshire is the place. We've got a variety of courses, a campus community and a student-focused Union with lots of services, activities and more than 90 societies to choose from - all located near London. Coming to the UK's leading business-facing university will help you get ahead in the graduate market.

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 85%
Student score 77% MED
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
14% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
21% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
4% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
312 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
79% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
11% 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 97% MED
Average graduate salary £17.3k MED
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Music is a popular degree subject and a little over 4,600 degrees were awarded to UK graduates in 2015. Most were working after six months — but postgraduate study (usually continuing with music) is quite common and a lot of graduates go into music teaching, often as freelance or travelling music teachers of particular instruments. Obviously, many music graduates get work as musicians as well, or work as sound recordists and in similar technical roles. Music is important in advertising and so a lot of graduates go into this industry, and management is also a popular job role for music graduates. There's also a niche for music graduates wanting to work in IT and computing, particularly with web applications. Because a lot of musician work is temporary or freelance, the most common way for new graduates to get jobs as musicians is through their own contacts, so learning how to make good use of networks and contacts might help in your career.
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