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How long you will study
Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year
How you will study
International course fees
GBP 14000 per year
100% overall student satisfaction: City first in the UK for Music in 2017 National Student Survey.
City's innovative BSc in Music, Sound and Technology encourages you to work with music and sound in exciting new ways, preparing you for a wide range of careers in the cultural industries of today and tomorrow.
Who is it for?
This course is for ambitious students who want to develop an impressive portfolio of technical and creative skills. These skills will prepare you for a wide range of careers, such as music production, audio engineering, sound and interaction design, music composition for film and TV, and sound art practices.
You will learn in a highly energised and supportive department, with world-class facilities and internationally recognised staff who share your devotion to music. You will study music, recording, studio production techniques, composition, interactive music, acoustics and psychoacoustics, audio arts, sound synthesis, and digital signal processing.
At the Department of Music, you will participate in a variety of music-making activities, including a wide range of student ensembles. Our regular concert series and summer festival will introduce you to world-class musicians from classical music to world music.
To help you on your way to realising your future ambitions, we offer you the option of taking a sandwich year on an industry placement. Alternatively, you may choose to study at one of our partner institutions abroad.
The Music, Sound and Technology BSc (Hons) at City is an innovative and versatile degree, accredited by Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES). Developed to respond to the growing demand for flexible music and audio professionals, the course is focused on equipping you with an exceptional range of intellectual, technical and creative skills that will prepare you for employment in a variety of roles across the fast-changing music industries.
Delivered in a stimulating research-led environment with world-leading studios and recording facilities, you will learn how to develop innovative projects in recording, composition, interactive music, installation and cross-disciplinary work.
This degree has a unique focus, integrating theory and practice to help you understand the relationships between music, sound and other forms of digital media, such as film, games, web-based applications, and new modes of performance which utilise music technology in novel and innovative ways.
This course will enable you to:
Find out what our students and alumni are up to and the events and research happening within the department on the Music Department blog.
Requirements and how to apply
Other suitable qualifications
IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component.
English language programmes
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City, University of London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Find out more about:
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:
If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.
For more information see our main Visa page.
How to apply
Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.
You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.
Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.
UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.
You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.
When to apply
Your application for entry in September 2018 should arrive at UCAS between September 2017 and 15th January 2018. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2018 will be considered only at City's discretion.
When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.
For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.
If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.
Teaching and learning
Your course will be delivered by passionate academics who are dedicated to helping you succeed in your studies.
To maximise the amount of attention given to you on the Music, Sound and Technology BSc (Hons) at City, we offer a considerable amount of tuition in small groups and individually. This enables you to tailor your work to your own interests.
Your learning, teaching and assessment will take the form of a combination of the following:
Assessment is by a combination of projects, practical and creative work, and examinations throughout your degree. Marks obtained in all years contribute to the final degree awarded.
Your project and practical work account for over half the final mark.
Most modules contain an assignment in the form of:
For some modules, assessment is based solely on a portfolio submission.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on choices made by students in 2016/17 is as follows:
19% written examinations, 13% practical, 68% coursework, project and portfolio work.
0% written examinations, 34% practical, 66% coursework, project and portfolio work.
0% written examinations, 13% practical, 87% coursework, project and portfolio work.
Assessment weightings by yearType%Year 110Year 230Year 360Year 3
The Music, Sound and Technology BSc (Hons) consists of three parts, corresponding to the three years of the full-time degree programme.
You will study a wide range of concepts and ideas surrounding the theory and practice of music, sound and technology. Five core modules provide a comprehensive grounding in sound recording, acoustics, digital audio, media and critical theory, contextual studies and critical listening. These form a solid foundation for the more specialist topics in Years Two and Three.
You will develop your advanced skills in recording and audio programming, creating innovative new work. A spread of elective modules across sound studies, critical and media theory, music in popular culture, western music, applied music studies and composition allows you to enhance your understanding in specialist areas and your studies to particular strengths and interests.
The final year places greater emphasis on the role of sound and music in video and web applications. You will also choose from a broad range of elective modules. The major project forms a focal point for the final year of your degree, allowing you to devise and realise a large-scale individual project as the culmination of your studies.
Part One is made up of five core modules (120 credits). You will also take the Personal Development Planning module as a condition of progression.
Year Two: core modules
The second year is made up of 120 credits. You will take core modules totalling 75 credits, and choose a further 45 credits from a range of elective modules. You will also take the Personal Development Planning module as a condition of progression.
Year three: core modules
The third year is made up of 120 credits. You will take three core modules totalling 75 credits, and choose a further 45 credits from the range of elective modules. You will also take the Personal Development Planning module as a condition of progression.
Year Two and Three elective modules
In addition to the core modules you will choose 45 credits in Year Two and 45 credits in Year Three from a range of elective modules.
Most contact hours will take the form of a mixture of lectures, seminar presentations, workshops and tutorials, depending on the nature of the module. The department is committed to small group teaching wherever possible in order to maintain a student-centred approach to teaching and to enable your participation in the learning process. This programme will include an average of 12 contact hours per week. In addition, you will be expected to undertake 23 independent study hours per week. There is also a placement module and a sandwich year option. Approximate study time, based on choices made by students in 2016/17 is as follows:
17% scheduled learning, 83% independent learning, 0% placement
19% scheduled learning, 81% independent learning, 0% placement
18% scheduled learning, 82% independent learning, 0% placement.
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Notes about fees for this course
More about fees
* The tuition fee for UK and EU students is determined by the UK Government and was £9,250 for the first year of study at City in 2017/18. The tuition fee for students commencing their studies in 2018/19 has not yet been confirmed: we will update these pages as soon as we receive confirmation. Fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index as determined by the UK Government's Office for Budget Responsibility. However, this is subject to confirmation. The index is derived from the All Items Retail Prices Index. If fees do increase in each subsequent year of study, we will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study.
** The tuition fee for Non-UK/non-EU students was £14,000 for the first year of study in 2017/18. The tuition fee for students commencing their studies in 2018/19 has not yet been set by the University: we will update these pages as soon as the fee is confirmed. Fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to annual increase, as detailed above for UK and EU students, but this is also subject to confirmation.
A large number of funding options are available for the Music, Sound and Technology BSc (Hons) at City. Our award-winning Student Centre will provide you with excellent financial advice and support to help you fund your studies.
Future Finance Loans
Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.
Meet Cleo, a student at City who has gone on to be a sound engineer, working at some of the UK's most exciting festivals. Find out what she loves about her studies with us and discover our outstanding music facilities.
As a student at City's Department of Music, you will be right in the heart of London - a global hub for the creative and digital media industries. We offer you outstanding opportunities to gain experience of a music-related work environment during the second year, with an elective work placement module.
Students may also apply to take a sandwich year working in an industry placement as part of the School or Arts and Sciences Integrated Professional Training Programme.
It is also possible to combine the options by spending one term on the study abroad scheme and one term in a work placement in the UK. Alternatively, the Erasmus Plus Scheme enables students to spend a year working in Europe.
Students at City's Music Department have recently undertaken placements at:
Your time at City will provide you with a great opportunity to broaden your intellectual, creative, personal and professional horizons. The Department of Music has excellent links with international universities and you have the option to spend a term or year abroad during your studies.
There are also options to study abroad through either the Erasmus or international exchange programmes.
Our partner institutions in Music include:
For more information please see our student exchange webpages.
As a Music student at City, you can take advantage of a wide range of facilities including:
Our recording studio is equipped to deliver multitrack recording and mixing to a professional standard. Our composition studios include four surround studios (8.1/5.1), one of which is dedicated to film and live electronics work, and three stereo composition studios. All our studios are equipped for sound editing, processing and mixing, offering you software such as Logic, Sibelius, Pro Tools and Native Instruments Komplete.
All rooms are spectrum-analysed, soundproofed and acoustically treated to a very high standard. Recent work created by students and staff in our composition studios has included:
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