MA Music and Audio Production

  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2022

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The MA Music and Audio Production will provide you with an opportunity to develop your personal organisation skills, self-discipline, time management and dedication to succeed in a competitive field. You will be able to enhance your team-working skills demonstrating to employers the ability to devise creative solutions and work effectively with others. You will learn to hone your communication skills to form concise, compelling and coherent arguments. 
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Application guide

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Fees and Funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Why study this subject?

The MA Music and Audio Production will provide you with an opportunity to learn about advanced recording and production techniques, exploring new methods of sound creation and manipulation using industry standard software. You will also be provided with the opportunity to develop your own production skillsets in composition and signal processing techniques, as well as refining your knowledge in recording, mixing and sound design.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

BNU have a 25-year history of teaching music courses, so we have a wealth of expertise and you will be taught by staff, associate lecturers and guest speakers with a track record of music industry success in music and audio production. This course will allow you to sharpen your production skills enabling you to confidently pursue your goals.

All our music degrees at Buckinghamshire New University come with membership of UK Music’s Music Academic Partnership (MAP).

UK Music is the collective voice of the UK’s world-leading music industry. We represent all sectors of our industry – bringing them together to collaborate, campaign, and champion music. The members of UK Music are: AIM, BPI, FAC, The Ivors Academy, MMF, MPA, MPG, MU, PPL, PRS for Music. UK Music also has an informal association with LIVE (Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment).

MAP is a ground-breaking collaboration between educational institutions and UK Music, and is designed to maximise the relationship between the industry and educational institutions in order to inform the next generation of industry professionals.

MAP does this by nurturing collaborative projects, such as research and careers events, panel events, various education and skills work, policy work, and career opportunities. Fundamentally MAP provides extra opportunities to individuals who want to build careers out of their passion for music. This helps to future-proof the music industry by ensuring new entrants have the right mix of experience and skills.

What facilities can I use?

While studying on this programme you will be able to take full advantage of our state-of-the-art recording studios, from individual edit suites to large scale Pro Tools HD-based studios with attached live rooms and vocal booths.

Our studios, edit suites and Mac labs contain a range of professional equipment from companies such as:

Avid, Neumann, Focusrite, Universal Audio, Native Instruments, Rode, Sennheiser, Aston Microphones, Electrovoice, Genelec, KRK, Shure, Akai, Drawmer

All studios also feature a full range of industry standard plug-ins for all needs in music production and sound design.

What will I study?

This programme has been designed to allow you to develop a detailed understanding of the professional environment of the audio and music production sectors. You will learn how apply newly acquired knowledge and skills creatively in order to exploit current opportunities as well as instigate new lines of professional activity. Through developing conceptual understanding, you be able to evaluate methodologies employed within audio and music production and critique them.

This course is also available to study part-time over two years.

How will I be taught and assessed?

Summative and formative assessments are used in all modules and the following types of assessment activity may be used on this programme subject to the pathway chosen. These include:

  • Practical assignment
  • Report
  • Essay
  • Portfolio
  • Reflective commentary
  • Research proposal
  • Dissertation
  • Practical project
Useful Information

MA Music and Audio Production Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical applicant will hold a 2:1 and have an interest in pursuing a career in music, or have several years’ experience in the industry at an appropriate level.

This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. Please refer to the Programme Specification at the bottom of the Course Details tab for the full breakdown of core and optional modules, as well as the credits needed to complete your degree. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Approaches to Recording & Mixing

Sound Design for Linear Media

The Recording Performance

Research Methods

Future Performance Technologies

Sound Art & Composition

Research Project

Intellectual Property for Music Professionals (optional)

Social Media Marketing (optional)

Music Business Entrepreneurship (optional)

Artist & Repertoire Development (optional)

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£10,000 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£14,800 per year

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects?

This course will prepare you to work in a number of freelance professional roles such as Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, Studio Technician, Sound Editor, Sound Technology Educator, further postgraduate study or research.

Course leader

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