What will I learn?

Technology drives the music industry and influences the way we consume, produce, and use audio. It enables us to create music on our laptop, have instant access to millions of songs via the internet, and communicate with our technology. The industry’s increasing reliance on technology is providing new jobs and changing what audio and music tech firms want from their employees. Today, employment in Audio and Music Technology spans far beyond recording studios and live concerts to the realms of software development, assistive technologies, gaming, and further. There is an increasing demand for music technologists who can use and maintain existing technologies and create new innovative tools that help shape the future of the industry. Graduates of this degree will be prepared for employment in the modern Audio and Music Technology sectors along with other domains in Computing and Engineering. This degree is perfect for people who have a love for music and all things technology. No prior musical training or technical expertise is necessary to undertake this course, just enthusiasm and new ideas!Here is just a snapshot of what to expect on this programme:- Become an expert in recording, mixing, mastering, acoustics, digital audio workstations, audio processing, sound synthesis, and sampling whilst using the very latest technologies in the industry.- Learn hands-on and liberating computer programming and signal processing techniques that will empower you to realise your own innovative ideas. No longer will your creativity be confined by pre-made software!- Go beyond the recording studio to explore how music technologies can change and enrich lives. You will be introduced to areas such as Music Neurotechnology, Intelligent Creative Systems, Algorithmic Composition, Automated Mixing, and Computational Creativity. Discover how to apply your advanced knowledge to enable people with severe disabilities to interact with a computer or how to create intelligent assistive technologies for people living with dementia. - Learn from academics who have written field-defining texts that are used to teach the topic throughout the world.- Prepare for a career in either the technology or creative industries. Our curriculum aligns with Music Technology employers who are seeking candidates with knowledge of both computing for audio/music and contextual use of the systems the industry is developing.- Mix and collaborate with musicians on the BA Music degree.- Graduate with a diverse portfolio of practical work that evidences innovation in computing, music technology, and audio, which will provide a unique edge in a competitive job market.This degree is taught out of the University of Plymouth’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR). This centre has been recognised as world-leading by the UK Government’s last assessment of research quality. The centre works on projects with industry partners such as the BBC R&D, Grey London, Rigetti Computing, Bauer Media, and CereProc.

Which department am I in?

School of Humanities and Performing Arts

Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
£13,800.00 (US$ 17,026) per year
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Start date

September 2021


Main Site

Drake Circus,


PL4 8AA, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need US high school diplomas with a combination of: AP at grade 4 or 5 (usually three subjects relevant to course), SAT circa 1250, ACT circa 26, SAT subjects (three relevant subjects circa 400). Undergraduate programmes: ILETS 6.0 overall with Minimum component scores 5.5 in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing).

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About this uni

Two-thirds of the research conducted by the University of Plymouth is ranked as either world-leading or internationally excellent.

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  • Awarded TEF silver for teaching excellence
  • Double winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize