The University of Edinburgh

Degree level: Undergraduate

Acoustics and Music Technology

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Course summary

This challenging multidisciplinary programme will help you develop the necessary scientific skills and creative mindset to design the music tools, spaces and software of tomorrow. You will explore how modern technologies are driving a revolution in the way that sound is created, manipulated, and transmitted. The programme is designed for students with a strong background in maths and physics, who are fascinated by the interplay of science, technology, and music. The world of modern acoustics and music technology demands graduates who are highly numerate, possess deep technical knowledge, have a curious and creative mindset, and who are able to work across multiple disciplines. This programme emphasises excellence in subjects that underpin the field, such as physics, computer programming, and audio signal processing, and which are also useful in many other numerate disciplines. These are combined with studies in sound recording, architectural acoustics, creative music technology, sound design, and a range of further options in music and beyond, challenging you to invent the future of acoustics and music technology. “I enjoyed the international dynamic at the University, and the exciting approaches to sound. I felt in my element experimenting with all the different things sound and music can be.”

  • Kirsty Keatch, BMus (Hons) Music Technology graduate

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeW380
Institution code E56
Campus nameCentral area campus
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level AAB - ABB Required subjects: A Levels: Physics at B and Mathematics at A. GCSEs: English at C or 4.
Scottish Higher AAAB - ABBB AAAB-ABBB by end of S5 or AAAA-AABB/ABBBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6. Required subjects: Highers: Physics at B, and Mathematics at A or Advanced Higher Mathematics at B. National 5s: English at C.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 39 - 34 points 39 points with 666 at HL - 34 points with 655 at HL. Required subjects: HL: Physics at 5 and Mathematics at 6. SL: English at 5.

Full, detailed entry requirements including subject requirements, English language requirements, an explanation of typical offers, and other accepted qualifications, including international qualifications, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website along with important information on how to apply. You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including full predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, your personal statement and your reference.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level ABB Required subjects: A Levels: Physics at B and Mathematics at A. GCSEs: English at C or 4.
Scottish Higher ABBB These grades must be achieved by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6. Required subjects: Highers: Physics at B, and Mathematics at A or Advanced Higher Mathematics at B. National 5s: English at C.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 34 points 34 points with 655 at HL. Required subjects: HL: Physics at 5 and Mathematics at 6. SL: English at 5.

Additional entry requirements

Other

You must have a demonstrable commitment to music.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Scotland £1820* Year 1
EU £28950 Year 1
International £28950 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Scotland In 2020 -21 the fee level set by the Scottish Government was £1,820. The 2021-22 fee rate is expected to be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2021. Students must apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for payment of their tuition fees. England/Wales/N Ireland The Rest of UK (RUK) rate is yet to be confirmed and was £9,250 for 2020 entry. For 2021 entry this may increase in line with inflation and will be subject to government limits. EU On 9th July 2020 the decision was made by the Scottish Government to end free university tuition for European Union (EU) students starting in 2021-22. Funding policy for EU nationals and associated groups starting a course of study in academic year 2021-22 or later will be in line with international fees – we will provide further information as soon as we can Information for Irish national students Please note, Irish national applicants starting studies in 2021-22 will classed as ‘home’ student status as a result of the Common Travel Area agreement and therefore will be exempt from international fees. More detailed information is expected from Scottish Government. In particular, the exact fee status of Irish nationals remains subject to agreement between the devolved nations of the UK. International - Full time international students will pay a fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their programme
Acoustics and Music Technology at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS