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University of the West of Scotland

Music Technology BSc Hons

UCAS Code: W350
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Music
Student score
59% LOW
% employed or in further study
87% LOW
Average graduate salary
£16k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Including Music and Maths

Scottish Highers

Including Music and Maths.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate

UCAS tariff points

Including Music and Maths

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 88 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

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Course description

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 production Programme Structure Year 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 Placement Year 4 ● Music Technology Major Project ● Audio Mastering ● Audio For Film & Animation ● Advanced Audio Signal Processing ● Acoustics // Computer Games Audio Career 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).


University of the West of Scotland

Ayr Campus

UWS is among the fastest growing institutions, offering modern, job market relevant degree courses to a wide demographic of students through different learning platforms. The Students' Association is on campus to support, enable and represent all students. It also offers the ultimate recreational and safe spaces in our campuses in Ayr, Hamilton and Paisley.

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 64%
Student score 59% 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
5% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
36% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
356 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
25% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
28% 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 87% LOW
Average graduate salary £16k MED
Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


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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