Solent University (Southampton)

Music Technology (Top Up) Solent University (Southampton) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Solent University


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Course summary

TEF Silver

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Solent’s music technology top-up course can help you to upgrade your existing qualification to a full degree in just one year. Progress from a diploma, foundation or equivalent course in music production, music technology or sound engineering. Learn new technical skills and improve your employability for a range of music industry roles.

Building on our long-standing reputation for excellence in music production, this top-up course offers a pathway into the more technical side of the music industry. You’ll focus on technical aspects of music and audio production while working on creative projects, helping you to graduate with the blend of hands-on and creative skills required by industry employers.

Throughout the course you’ll benefit from the expertise and experience of two separate School of Media Arts and Technology areas. Music production elements are delivered by the music programme group while technical units are delivered by expert audio engineering and acoustics tutors.

You will take a core module from audio engineering, acoustics and music production before choosing an optional module that targets particular career paths. This will help you to tailor the course to your specific career ambitions.

The final major project will allow you to apply your new skills to a substantial piece of work, blending creative and technical practice in an area that is relevant to your preferred career. This will allow movement between creative and technical pathways, enabling progression into the increasing number of roles that require an understanding of both.

Course details


Year one
Core units

Audio Systems Architectural Acoustic Design Advanced Music Production Independent Project


Live Sound Technology Creative Entrepreneurship Environmental Acoustics Sound for Video and Computer Games Experimental Music Production Advanced Live Music Production Music and Audio Post Production

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

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 code W37W
Institution code S30
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are: IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component-TOEFL is only valid for EU students or equivalent. Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University. The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course. Note to all international students requiring a visa: All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
HND (BTEC) M Pass a relevant HND with an overall mark of 55% or Merit profile

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £12,500 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Provider information

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Solent University (Southampton)
East Park Terrace
SO14 0YN

Course contact details

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Main Contact - Admissions and Enrolment Team

+44 (0) 23 8201 5066

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