Who is it for?
This course is for ambitious students who want to develop an impressive portfolio of technical and creative skills. These skills will prepare you for a wide range of careers, such as music production, audio engineering, sound and interaction design, music composition for film and TV, and sound art practices.
You will learn in a highly energised and supportive department, with world-class facilities and internationally recognised staff who share your devotion to music. You will study music, recording, studio production techniques, composition, interactive music, acoustics and psychoacoustics, audio arts, sound synthesis, and digital signal processing.
At the Department of Music, you will participate in a variety of music-making activities, including a wide range of student ensembles. Our regular concert series and summer festival will introduce you to world-class musicians from classical music to world music.
To help you on your way to realising your future ambitions, we offer you the option of taking a sandwich year on an industry placement. Alternatively, you may choose to study at one of our partner institutions abroad.
Find out more about our department.
The Music, Sound and Technology BSc (Hons) at City is an innovative and versatile degree, accredited by Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES). Developed to respond to the growing demand for flexible music and audio professionals, the course is focused on equipping you with an exceptional range of intellectual, technical and creative skills that will prepare you for employment in a variety of roles across the fast-changing music industries.
Delivered in a stimulating research-led environment with world-leading studios and recording facilities, you will learn how to develop innovative projects in recording, composition, interactive music, installation and cross-disciplinary work.
This degree has a unique focus, integrating theory and practice to help you understand the relationships between music, sound and other forms of digital media, such as film, games, web-based applications, and new modes of performance which utilise music technology in novel and innovative ways.
This course will enable you to:
- Immerse yourself in the study of music, sound and technology.
- Develop up-to-date technical skills in digital and audio technologies.
- Acquire imaginative strategies for producing creative and technical work, involving experimentation, speculation and rigorous investigation.
- Learn how to interpret and understand music and sound in a variety of cultural and interdisciplinary contexts.
- Develop highly transferable skills, such as creative innovation, written and oral communication, independent scholarship, research and entrepreneurialism.
- Become equipped to make a significant and valuable contribution to the fields of audio production, composition, media, education, research and other areas of the cultural and creative industries.
Find out what our students and alumni are up to and the events and research happening within the department on the Music Department blog.
Explore some student work.
Requirements and how to apply
- 'A’ Level: ABB, preferably including Music Technology and Mathematics or Physics.
- UCAS Tariff: 128 UCAS tariff points (typically ABB or BBB with a relevant EPQ). See the UCAS website for information on the new tariff system.
- IB: 30 points, 5,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects (preferably including Music and Mathematics or Physics)
- GCSE: A minimum of grade 4(C) in GCSE English and Mathematics.
Other suitable qualifications
- BTEC: DDD
- Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' level offer reduced by one grade.
- AQA Baccalaureate: Please contact the institution for further guidance
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Please contact the institution for further guidance
- Scottish Higher: ABBBB typical offer, preferably including Music, and Maths or Physics.
- Scottish Advanced Higher: BBC/BBB typical offer, preferably including Music, and Maths or Physics.
- Irish qualifications: Please contact the institution for further guidance
- 14-19 Diplomas: Please contact the institution for further guidance
- Other Academic qualifications (Access to HE): Pass in the Access to HE Diploma in Music or Music Technology awarded with 27 Distinctions and 18 Merits. Please contact the institution for further information.
- Practical/Work-based: Please contact the institution for further guidance
- Overseas qualifications: Please contact the institution for further guidance. Overseas applicants will usually be required to submit a portfolio and attend a Skype interview.
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:
- Students on courses of more than six months
- Students on courses of less than six months
- Students on a pre-sessional English language course.
For more information see our main Visa page.
How to apply
Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.
You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.
Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.
UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.
You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.
When to apply
Your application for entry in September 2018 should arrive at UCAS between September 2017 and 15th January 2018. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2018 will be considered only at City’s discretion.
When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.
For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.
If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.
IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component.
English language programmes
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City, University of London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Find out more about:
Final Year Project
You will work individually, or in small groups (of normally no more than six), devising, managing, delivering and evaluating your project. You will be assigned an individual tutor, to whom the project proposal is submitted for approval and who is responsible for overseeing the assessment of the outcome of the project.
Choose at least one from a list which may include:
Explorations in World Musics 2
This module will introduce you to styles of music popular around the world in the past and in the present, such as Vietnamese Pop, Baltic folk music and Aboriginal country music. It will also have a local focus, and one piece of assessment will ask you to work with musical group in the Huddersfield area, whether through musical collaboration, ethnographic research, or recording them. This course will also introduce analytical tools that will help you conceptualise these styles of music and place them within their cultural and political contexts. It will draw on a wide range of disciplines, including ethno-musicology, musicology, anthropology, popular music studies, post-colonial studies and history.
Applied Music Research: Investigating Culture and Creativity
Research is often seen as something that other people do but we are all engaged in the process of researching music all the time as we make, perform or listen to music. The module takes as its basis the idea that research is something that you do and researching involves a wide range of skills and abilities, not just text-based academic research. You are therefore encouraged to think creatively in terms of what you do as a researcher and so research is seen as an integral part of your development as a musician, as a composer, analyst, historian, performer, producer, DJ, or any other musical activity you participate in. You will be assessed on a fieldwork project, a research poster and an extended research project of your own choice.
Music, Gender and Identity
This module explores the relationship between music and identity. It encourages you to question the relationship between creativity and gender in diverse areas of musical activity, from composition and scholarship to performance itself. The module is assessed through coursework, including written and spoken assignments. Sample topics include work on masculinity in rock, film music, women composers, music and disability, and the presentation of gendered roles on the operatic stage; classes provide opportunity to debate your ideas with others.
Choose two or three from a list which may include:
Performance Skills 3 (Minor)
In this module, which is the Honours Level equivalent to Performance Skills 2, you will be able to select one area of study from a list of performance areas, such as chamber music, directed ensembles or conducting. You will be assessed by practical examinations and coursework assignments. The module provides opportunities for you to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in a wide range of performance areas, guided and coached by our team of expert full and part-time performance and instrumental staff.
Performance Skills 3 (Major)
In this module, which is the Honours Level equivalent to Performance Skills 2, you will be able to select two areas of study from a list of performance areas, such as chamber music, directed ensembles or conducting. You will be assessed by practical examinations and coursework assignments. The course provides opportunities for you to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in a wide range of performance areas, guided and coached by our team of expert full and part-time performance and instrumental staff.
You will build on the experience you have gained previously in composition, production, and/or songwriting modules to produce a sophisticated piece (or small set of pieces) of music based on a set of staff-led options relevant to your compositional practice (examples include multichannel audio composition, instrumental composition, songwriting, music production and audiovisual composition). Tutorial support for this creative work will be provided. You will be introduced to relevant techniques such as spatialisation, the use of complex orchestration/arrangements, advanced studio production, video, interactive or mixed media work. You will develop your ability to work with such techniques creatively.
Experimental Music 2
In this module you will explore and gain understanding of the defining elements of experimental music. Weekly lectures will introduce new ideas, composers and musical works, which will be explored through performances, group activities, discussions and presentations. No performing experience is required – just an open mind and willingness to experiment! Assessment will be a combination of practical and coursework, including the choice of a performance of an experimental work, a composition, or a seminar presentation.
Work and Professional Practice in Music
In this option, you will have the opportunity to develop skills relevant to the world of work by studying aspects of professional practice in a number of music-related professions (for example, teaching, performing, composing, journalism, studio management, editing, recording company), followed by a suitable work placement. Teaching is in the form of guest lectures from professionals. Assessment is through coursework relating to your career research and placement.