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Course summary

Discover how sound works and how technology can help you to master it with our industry-accredited Audio and Music Technology degree. With our BSc (Hons) Audio and Music Technology degree, you’ll integrate theories of sound into your audio projects, as you build a portfolio for a future career in the creative industries, including live sound, gaming, broadcast and film. Under the guidance of experienced academic staff and industry-active practitioners, you will spend time developing a broad, balanced skill set, acquiring proficiencies in the design, integration, and operation of the technologies and techniques that will underpin your future career. Study on a degree that scored 100% for Overall Satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2019. Our Audio and Music Technology course is accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support). The JAMES trained assessors and the accreditation panel members are working professionals with the experience and knowledge to evaluate the industrial relevance of a course. Make the most of Cambridge’s diverse music scene with our links to local networks such as Cambridge Arts Network and Cambridge Live – from classical music to UK rap or even film and computer game soundtrack, there are plenty of opportunities to explore your style. Take advantage of an optional work placement between years two and three, plus internships with our industry partners and practitioners. Opportunities like these provide great experience to include on your CV plus a fantastic opportunity to make those essential industry contacts. Spend time working in climate-controlled recording studios and audio/video production facilities with support from our dedicated technical team. Develop your music and experiment with different styles and techniques as you immerse yourself in our industrious and collaborative student community. Take your music making interests to the next level. The impact of our Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, and Film & Screen Studies research achieved 'world-leading' in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. Professional Facilities As part of your Audio & Music Technology studies at ARU, you’ll have access to specialist facilities including:

  • Five climate-controlled recording studios featuring analogue-digital hybrid studio set ups and two mixing suites, all equipped with Pro Tools, Logic and plenty of outboard hardware recording equipment (Neve, Universal Audio, Audient, SSL)
  • Audio-visual studio
  • A spacious recital hall, band rooms and practice rooms
  • Five grand pianos, including a Steinway Model D
  • Many orchestral instruments, including a range of synthesisers; traditional instruments from India, China and Africa; and a Balinese Gamelan
  • An impressive inventory of professionally rated microphones and recording equipment.
As one of our students, you'll also have access to all our other art, design creative industries equipment and facilities. Careers Our Audio and Music Technology course focuses heavily on the science and technology that underpins the subject area – the aim being that you'll have a wide range of career paths open to you once you graduate. We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements. Many of our past students now enjoy successful careers in the music industry and beyond – from recording and mix engineers and acoustic consultants through to lecturers and technicians, the choice is yours. Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our renowned MA Music Therapy. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.


Year 1 Core Modules: Interactive Learning Skills and Communication, Information and Communication Technology, Critical Thinking, Intercultural Studies, Psychology, Ethics, Composition and Style, Social Perceptions. Year 2 Core Modules: Core Skills for Audio, Studio Techniques, Acoustics, Live Sound. Year 3 Core Modules: Advanced Audio Technology, Ruskin Module. Year 2 Optional Modules: Audio for Film, Audio for Games, Principles of Music Therapy, Audio Programming, Live Event Production, Music Business. Year 4 Core Modules: Collaborative Project, Final Project, Portfolio. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Assessment method

You’ll show your progress through a variety of methods that will best prepare you for your future career. These include portfolios of recorded works, essays, reports, log books, posters and presentations.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • The Joint Audio Media Education Services

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 3, or grade D, or above, (or equivalent) plus evidence of having attempted two years of post GCSE study at level 3. Students who have achieved a minimum of 1 A level (or equivalent), will be exempt from the two year post GCSE requirement (as stated above) but must still hold 5 GCSEs (as stated above). Students without English as their first language will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 5.5 (Academic level with at least 5.5 in each of the four components) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognized by Anglia Ruskin University.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information 2022 International fees are to be confirmed
Audio and Music Technology [with Foundation Year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS