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University of the West of Scotland

Music Technology BSc Hons

UCAS Code: W350

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,D

Including Music and Maths

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H4

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,C

Including Music and Maths.

UCAS Tariff

102

Including Music and Maths

53%
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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Music technology

This programme gives you the knowledge and practical skills to work in technology related jobs in the music and media industry.Music Technology is a broad ranging course which provides students with the knowledge and practical experience to work in a range of areas within the music, audio and media industries. We offer areas of study through a number of content streams focussed on developing high-calibre graduates employable in the following areas: Acoustics Audio post-production Audio software development Electronic music composition Entrepreneurship Live sound engineering Sound design Music recording and production Music mastering Video productionProgramme StructureYear 1 Audio For Broadcast Digital Recording and Production 1 Creative Computing Profession Sound Reinforcement 1 Audio Technology 1 Computer Music Year 2 Audio Post-Production Electroacoustics Sound Reinforcement 2 Digital Recording and Production 2 Audio Technology 2 Electronic Music Year 3 The Music Business Audio Visual Integration Professional Studio Practice Audio Signal Processing Music Technology Project Interactive Music // Creative Technology PlacementYear 4 Music Technology Major Project Audio Mastering Audio For Film & Animation Advanced Audio Signal Processing Acoustics // Computer Games AudioCareer paths in the following areas include: acoustics (graduate trainee acoustician), audio post production (sound editor/dubbing engineer), music composition (composer, electronic musician), music production (studio recording/mixing/mastering engineer); live sound or broadcast (engineer); sound systems design and installation (engineer/consultant), sound design (audio for film, animation and games), theatre-sound (technical engineer), video post-production (editor/ADR), technical sales and management, and within further and higher education. Many graduates work as freelancers while some set up their own business.Our programme features a placement in year 3 which may be with a UK music industry company or abroad in a partner institution such as the Harris Institute in Canada.This Honours programme is accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support) and is an AVID Learning Partner (offering the opportunity to gain Pro Tools certification).

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Paisley Campus

Department:

Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences

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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.

64%
low
Music technology

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

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
65%
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

66%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
43%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
63%
Male students
37%
Female students
24%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

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.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
94%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

28%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
18%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.

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.

£13k

£13k

£16k

£16k

£18k

£18k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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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