BSc Music Systems Engineering

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  • Objectives
    A love and appreciation of music is inborn in many. Some also have an interest in the technology behind the music – to design and build something that moves, makes a sound or controls it. This degree combines both these aspects by enabling you to apply your basic interest in technology to your musical interests and abilities.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements GCSE: Maths, English, Science required Tariff points range: 240-260 Specific subjects: Maths plus at least one Science or Technology A2 Access: Yes Baccalaureate EB %: 66-70 Baccalaureate IB pts: 24-28
  • Academic title
    BSc Music Systems Engineering
  • Course description

    The general theme of this programme is in the application of electronics and technology to music and audio systems. Initial learning is in the operational fundamentals of audio, music and recording but this is learned as a basis for the more advanced study of the science and technology that underpins the music. You will learn about analogue and digital electronics as well as computers, midi and digital audio processing. The science of musical instruments, sound production, recording and acoustics are also looked at in depth.

    Music Systems Engineering is a modular programme, with some core modules, together with a choice of options, allowing you some opportunity to specialise to suit your interests and possible career paths.

    In Year 1, all modules are core. The module Music for Engineers allows you to develop sufficient understanding of music theory so that you can work alongside musicians. You will study basic electronics, both digital and analogue, underpinned with mathematics. You will learn computer programming and work in the studios in Professional Studio Practice. You will develop a professional approach to the use of the recording studio, covering the use the equipment and your approach to your work. This includes those skills which have been specifically mentioned by potential employers, such as good oral and written communication, IT awareness and familiarity, interpersonal relationships, effective planning and conformity to recognised standards in a variety of areas. Once you have demonstrated your competence in the studios, you may book space outside of class times to spend time on coursework or on your own musical activities.

    In Year 2, your study of maths and electronics continues, and programming within the studio context is introduced in the module Audio Processing. Musical instruments are studied from a technical point of view, leading to a dissertation on a single chosen instrument. The Music Business module introduces you to the intricacies of working in the real world. Option choices include a modern language, signal processing and electronic circuit design.

    As a final year student, you will undertake an individual project, which allows you to research and develop your understanding of a topic of your own choosing. This will form the single biggest piece of work you will do in this year. Other modules advance your understanding of acoustics, recording and multimedia systems. Substantial amounts of time will probably be spent in the recording studios.

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