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This course will help you develop your understanding behind the science and technology of music. You will cover everything from recording to production, and will put you knowledge to practice through collaboration projects.
Throughout our BSc (Hons) Music Technology you’ll be supported by our industry-experienced lecturers. You’ll also benefit from our multi-million pound Sennheiser Sound Lab, fully equipped by world leading production suppliers and partners, so you can get your hands on the same tools as the best in the business.
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
At BNU, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union has been ranked in the top three in the UK in the National Student Survey (NSS 2020). We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich your university experience. It’s a big deal!
Why study this subject?
Music technology is a fast-moving field, integral to many areas in the creative industries, and covers a whole range of careers from audio engineers and mixers, to studio managers and technicians, sound designers and even experimental composers.
A degree in music technology means that you will have a blend of creative ability and practical skills in music production, plus strong business and technical skills.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
BNU pioneered music business and management degrees over 20 years ago. Having studied at BNU, you’ll be associated with our highly regarded teaching programmes and benefit from a leading team of lecturers.
Whilst studying with us you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with students from other courses, for example musicians, engineers, music producers, film and TV producers, video games designers, graphic artists, actors and dancers just to name a few. This will all help to grow your network; essential for success in the creative industries. You will also have free access to the XTC collaborations platform, so finding a collaborator for your projects from any field has never been easier.
We also have partnerships with Focusrite, Sennheiser, Watford Football Club and more. As a BNU student, you will have the opportunity to connect with our partners, for example through guest lectures, demonstrations, product testing, industry trips and work experience.
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?
Our High Wycombe Campus is home to our multi-million pound Sennheiser Sound Lab, fully equipped by world leading production suppliers and partners, so you can get your hands on the same tools as the best in the business. Our suppliers include Sennheiser, Midas, Focusrite, Novation, University Audio, Native Instruments, and AC Lighting.
There are a wide range of creative facilities to explore, from our music rehearsal space, to our TV studios and green-screen room. You can also access live event venues such as the Students’ Union, Wycombe Swan Theatre and Wycombe Town Hall.
What will I study?
During the course, you’ll learn about software engineering, electronics engineering, and recording studio engineering – learning the science behind audio hardware and software. This knowledge may allow you to develop your own technology software or hardware products. You’ll also cover acoustics and psychoacoustics, learning about the psychology behind the perception of sound, and the physiological effects it can have.
Other topics covered on the course include sound design, sonic art, experimental music composition, post production audio, and mixing and mastering for different media applications.
How will I be taught and assessed?
You will be taught by tutors who have worked in the music industry in areas such as studio-based music production, live sound engineering and production, sound design, location recording and audio post production for TV, film and other media.
A variety of assessment vehicles will be used as appropriate to the modules you take, including assignments carried out in your own time, in-class assignments, workshops and presentations. Assessments will be appropriate to the task, achievable, motivating and vocationally focussed, forming a constructive part of your learning process.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 80 - 104
A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Computer Programming: Data
Audio Production Technologies
Introduction to Recording
Introduction to Electronic Circuits and Devices
Computer Programming: DSP
Audio Production Practice
Introduction to Pro Tools
Year 2 Modules
Sound Design for Moving Image
Sound for Moving Image: Production Project
Recording and Mixing Techniques
Creative Audio Production
Sound for Games VR and Nonlinear Media 1
Introduction to Research Methods
Year 3 Modules
Professional Production Project
Sound Design – Collaboration Projects
Sound Design for Games, VR, and Non-linear media 2
Professional Skills Audit
Spatial Audio Design
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
Our BSc (Hons) Music Technology course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:
- Audio engineer
- Mix engineer
- Mastering engineer
- Live sound engineer (for music, theatre etc)
- Systems technician
- Studio technician
- Installation specialist
- TV or radio recording
- Product designer
- Sound editor
Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course.