"Music is a rich and vibrant subject, which spans the arts, humanities, and sciences. It includes specific areas such as performance, composition, acoustics, audio technology, music theory, and analysis, and provides the opportunity to engage with much broader issues in history, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, philosophy, cognitive sciences, and psychology.
This challenging multidisciplinary programme will help you develop the necessary scientific skills and creative mindset to design the music tools 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 with both deep technical knowledge and creativity, 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. 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. The University's Reid School of Music is an exciting place to study, with numerous opportunities to make music and perform in university ensembles, which include orchestras, choirs, a big band, wind band, composersâ€™ orchestra and opera group. We host a lively concert calendar and our central Edinburgh location enables you to immerse yourself in the city's rich cultural scene."
How to apply
This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Central area campus|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|A level||AAA - ABB||Detailed entry requirement: ABB including Physics at grade B and Maths at grade A. GCSEs: English at Grade C or 4.|
|Scottish Higher||AAAB - ABBB||Detailed entry requirement: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, including Physics at grade B and Maths at grade A or Advanced Higher Maths at grade B. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6. National 5: English at Grade C.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||37 - 34 points||Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects including Physics at grade 5 and Maths at grade 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.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|EU||£1,820 *||Year 1|
|England||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Scotland||£1,820 *||Year 1|
|Wales||£9,250 *||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
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