School of Performing Arts

Audio and Creative Technology

MSc Full-time 1 year, Part-time 2 years

The MSc Audio and Creative Technology offers a blend of science, technology and creativity that responds to the need for technologists able to work across areas such as music and audiovisual production, video games, interactive media, human-computer interaction and computing.

The MSc Audio and Creative Technology offers a blend of science, technology and creativity that responds to the need for technologists able to work across areas such as music and audiovisual production, video games, interactive media, human-computer interaction and computing.

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award MSc
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (1 year), Part-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School School of Performing Arts

Why choose this course?

The MSc Audio and Creative Technology offers a blend of science, technology and creativity that responds to the need for technologists able to work across areas such as music and audiovisual production, video games, interactive media, human-computer interaction and computing.

The course will equip you to work at the cutting-edge of associated industries or prepare you for doctoral study, developing your critical and analytical abilities alongside valuable practical skills. Able to select approaches appropriate for professional contexts, you will use current technologies in creative ways and develop innovative solutions to prescient problems and explore the potentials of software and hardware.

Hosted at The Performance Hub at our Walsall Campus, music, dance and drama teaching and learning provision are integrated in one building. Boasting exceptional facilities to support student learning at the highest level, the building includes two recording studios with analogue and digital recording/mixing/mastering facilities and Pro Tools HD technology, plus two large computer suites equipped with 60 iMacs running Pro Tools, Logic, Final Cut Pro, and a variety of specialist Open Source software. The proposal for the Audio Technology Project is developed in the Research and Development module, providing time and opportunity to consider the project’s direction thoroughly, and to explore possibilities for collaborative/interdisciplinary working.

What happens on the course?

Audio technology is a rapidly evolving field of study with a diverse and expanding range of possibilities. It caters for the increasing demand for creative and technologically literate professionals able to contribute to the development of, for instance, software and video games, interfaces and controllers, many different kinds of recorded media and broadcast communications.

This courses is designed to go beyond the simple provision of training, and to instead enable you to engage with current debates and actively participate in some of the most vibrant areas of contemporary research. You will be encouraged to demonstrate self-direction and autonomy as you critically explore and define your position within the wider field. One overarching aim is that you should leave the course as not only an adept user of various hardware and software technologies, but as someone able to actively shape and develop their own, responding as necessary to future developments. In addition to developing your theoretical and methodological understanding, the MSc in Audio and Creative Technology features a strong emphasis on practical work in a number of different (but related) areas.

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Everything you need to know about this course!

As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate critical and systematic understanding of issues around audio, music and creative technologies and their use, taking an independent and fully rounded perspective
  2. demonstrate research skills and be able to evaluate, select and interpret research methodologies appropriate for the relevant field or area(s)
  3. apply appropriate theory to practice, and position and critically evaluate individual practice and associated aspirations within professional and/or academic contexts
  4. employ independent and imaginative approaches to problem solving using a variety of (software and hardware) technologies and, where appropriate, develop your own
  5. exercise autonomy in learning through effective self-organisationand management of workload across varied scenarios
  6. demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills useful for employment within creative and/or technology-related industries.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £6400 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3200 per year 2020-21
Home Full-time £6550 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £7995 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3275 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time £3998 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £13350 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13950 per year 2021-22

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.


You will need a good degree (2:2 or above) in Music Technology, Sound Production, Music Computing, Sonic Arts, creative applications of Computer Science or Human-Computer Interaction, or related subject. All students will be interviewed/auditioned to assess their suitability and preparedness for the course. Other applicants, particularly those with relevant experience, will be considered through interview/audition as appropriate, but deep engagement with audio/sound/music and familiarity with contemporary tools and ideas are expected. Applicants from overseas should also have a good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS with an overall band score 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each element or an acceptable equivalent).



Postgraduate Loan (Home Fee Status):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,570 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at Masters Loans

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as Overseas (International) students for fee purposes. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught on-site postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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