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University of Salford

Music, Production and Sound Science with Professional Experience

UCAS Code: H340

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


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120-128

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with year in industry | 2020

Subjects

Music technology

Acoustics

Know the difference between good and great audio quality with our degree in Music, Production and Sound Science. Combining specialist audio knowledge and technical production skills, you’ll develop your musical repertoire and learn to better manage acoustics.

Led by our world-renowned acoustics department, this specialist course will equip you with the skills to work in the fast-changing audio and music production industries. You’ll become accomplished in various sound production techniques, ready to generate audio in a broad range of venues, situations and environments.

Delivered from both our Peel Park and MediaCityUK campuses, just minutes from central Manchester, you’ll follow a tailored, three-year programme that blends theoretical and practical modules. Bringing your musical background knowledge, you’ll use cutting-edge facilities and equipment, learning alongside advanced audio industry testing and research.

Initially, you’ll look at musical instruments, composition, acoustic mathematics and computing. As you progress, you’ll explore studio recording and production, advanced composition and digital signal processing, working on live industry case studies. In your final year, alongside completing your dissertation, you’ll choose from specialisms in room acoustics, virtual reality audio and psychoacoustics.

With the professional experience pathway, you will complete an industrial placement year between years two and three. Placements are an excellent opportunity to expand your CV, apply your academic knowledge further and develop interpersonal skills in the real world. On completion, you will be able to add 'with Professional Experience' to your degree title.

The breadth of the programme will provide you with the necessary skills to work in a diverse range of areas within the fast-changing audio and music production sectors. During your studies, you’ll will be developed professionally, so that the highly transferable skills you gain will enable you contribute to the demands of industry.

**Features**

- Develop a strong understanding of advanced diatonic harmony, melodic writing, fundamental musical forms, and practical composition skills concerned with rhythm

- Gain a working knowledge of the key aspects of instrumentation voicing, score layout, formal design and the manipulation of texture

- Enhance your knowledge of sound mixing consoles, audio recorders, signal processing equipment, digital audio workstations and software audio applications

- Learn about digital applications used in the acquisition, processing, storage and transmission of acoustic signals

- Acquire an understanding of the scientific principles underlying acoustic measurement techniques

Modules

In your first year you will study a range of topics covering process and application. Modules may include:Introduction to Acoustics, Music Instrument: Design, Build, Measure, Fundamentals of Composition and Technology, Mathematics, Applied Composition and Technology, Mathematics and Computing. Year 2 Throughout the second year, this course offers further specialist modules which may include: Studio Recording and Production, Digital Signal Processing, Principles of Acoustics, Transducer Application, Audio for Media (Optional), Studio Composition (Optional), Advanced Studio and Location Recording (Optional), Advanced Audio for Media (Optional), Advanced Studio Composition (Optional)? Year 3 In year three, you have the option to take a one year placement in industry, which you arrange with our support, or you can continue to develop your skills on the programme as you advance your knowledge by completing two Music and Acoustic projects. Music and Acoustic Project A One of the following: Digital Signal Processing and Machine Learning, Speech and Musical Acoustics, Measurement, Analysis and Assessment, Music and Acoustic Project B, One of the following: Room Acoustics, Virtual and Augmented Reality Audio, Psychoacoustics, Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Computing, Science and Engineering

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
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Music technology
80%
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Acoustics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
97%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
84%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
78%
Male students
22%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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C
C

Physics

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

100%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
81%
Male students
19%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
18%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

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Average annual salary
95%
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Employed or in further education
86%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Other elementary services occupations
19%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
8%
Teaching and educational professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

Physics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,500
low
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
96%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
17%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
14%
Engineering professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Although the subject has seen a bit of resurgence in recent years, the UK is still felt to be short of physics graduates, and in particular physicists training as teachers. If you want a career in physics research — in all sorts of areas, from atmospheric physics to lasers - you'll probably need to take a doctorate, and so have a think about where you would like to do that and how you might fund it (the government funds many physics doctorates, so you might not find it as hard as you think). With that in mind, it's not surprising that just over a fifth of physics graduates go on to take doctorates when they finish their degree, and well over a third of physicists take some kind of postgraduate study in total. Physics is highly regarded and surprisingly versatile, which is why physics graduates who decide not to stay in education are more likely to go into well-paid jobs in the finance industry than they are to go into science. The demand and versatility of physics degrees goes to explain why they're amongst the best-paid science graduates.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Music technology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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