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School of Performing Arts

Audio Technology

MSc Part-time 2 years, Full-time 12 months

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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award MSc
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (2 years), Full-time (12 months)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School School of Performing Arts

Why choose this course?


The MSc in Audio Technology is aimed at graduates from Music Technology, Sound Production, Creative Computing and Interactive Media courses, as well as anyone already working in industry or music technology education.

MSc Audio Technology offers a distinctive mixture of music production, music computing and creativity. Taught by a dedicated team of experts, the course will help you to participate in industry and provide grounding to shape future developments in audio technology.

You will gain a thorough understanding of theory and practical techniques in studio recording and mixing/mastering, audio programming, musical interface development and. These skills have helped prepare our previous graduates for a diverse range of subsequent routes including employment in industry and Higher Education, freelance employment, starting a business and doctoral study.

For further information, please contact Dr. Mat Dalgleish


What happens on the course?

Sound and Screen

This module will help you to assess, create and manipulate audiovisual relationships across linear media such as film and television, before moving on to explore the implications of non-linear and interactive media.

Advanced Studio Practice

This studio-focussed module blends cutting-edge record production practice and contemporary research themes, moving from record analysis and a literature review into a large-scale, self-directed recording project. The module makes use of our SSL-equipped recording studios, and you will have access to a range of guest talks and masterclasses.

Research and Development

The Research and Development module initially explores the nature of innovation, then moves on to examine a variety of research processes specifically relevant to the subject. Towards the end of the module the emphasis then shifts to the development of an individual research design/proposal that may form the basis of your final Audio Technology Project.

Musical Human-Computer Interaction

Engaging with the flourishing New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) scene, this practical module is focussed on the prototyping and evaluation of new physical and/or virtual interfaces and instruments for a variety of music, audio and sound-related contexts.

Music Computing

The Music Computing module explores the development and applications of code in music and audio-related contexts. In carrying out the practical assignment, you will critically evaluate, understand the differences between, and demonstrate mastery of common audio programming languages in the realisation of your ideas.

Audio Technology Project

The Audio Technology Project is an opportunity for students to pursue a substantial, self-directed project in a chosen area of audio technology or music technology. Interdisciplinary collaboration is possible and encouraged.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

To support your studies you will have access to the bespoke facilities of the landmark Performance Hub at Walsall Campus. The Performance Hub opened in 2011 and its state of the art facilities include two fully equipped recording studios, a dedicated listening room, two Mac computer suites and our 108 seat Black Box Theatre. The latter is one of the most technically advanced small theatres in the country and is ideal for a range of performing arts activities. The university is also proud to be an All Steinway School and home to 17 Steinway pianos, five of which are in rehearsal studio or recording studio spaces.

We are a thriving department of research-active academics and teaching is research-led. Course staff include Dr. Mat Dalgleish, Matt Bellingham, Richard Burn, Dr. Aglaia Foteinou and Dr. Chris Foster. Research specialisms include musical interface design, implementation and evaluation, algorithmic music, acoustic environments, and sound for media.

The member of academic staff who leads this course is Dr. Mat Dalgleish

The following skills will be developed throughout the course:

  • Demonstrating knowledge and critical understanding of a variety of issues within the field of contemporary music technology, taking an independent and rounded perspective.
  • Applying theoretical discourse to practice through a systematic understanding of historical, contextual, philosophical, technical and scientific theory.
  • Selecting, interpreting, developing and applying a variety of research methodologies appropriate for their work.
  • Critically evaluating and using a variety of hardware and software technologies; and where appropriate developing your own.
  • Exercising personal autonomy in learning through effective self-organisation and management of workload in both individual and group scenarios.
  • Understanding the possibilities afforded by the contemporary, expanded field of music technology (including its gaps and trends), and be able to position your own work, interests and aspirations within this wider context.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £6400 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3200 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13350 per year 2020-21

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 (2:1 or above) in Music Technology, Sound Production, Music Computing, Sonic Arts, creative applications of Computer Science or Human-Computer Interaction, or related subject. 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.

Postgraduate Loan (UK or EU national):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,222 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 or here

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

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught 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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