University of Edinburgh

Acoustics and Music Technology University of Edinburgh Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

"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, composers’ 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.




Northern Ireland



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 code W380
Institution code E56
Campus name Central area campus
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
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

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £1,820 * Year 1
International £26,000 Whole course
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.

Additional fee information

Scotland (to be confirmed) In 2018-19 the fee level set by the Scottish Government was £1,820. The 2019-20 fee rate is expected to be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2019. Students must apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for payment of their tuition fees. England/Wales/N Ireland (to be confirmed) The Rest of UK (RUK) rate is yet to be confirmed and was £9,250 for 2018 entry. For 2019 entry this may increase in line with inflation and will be subject to government limits. EU (to be confirmed) 2019-20 entry EU students will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students, will retain that status for the duration of their studies, and are eligible for tuition fee support from the Scottish Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). In 2018-19 the fee level set by the Scottish Government was £1,820. The 2019-20 fee rate is expected to be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2019. International Full time international students will pay a fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their programme. For up-to-date information

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