Published: 06 February 2019

Top jobs with a music or sound recording degree

Find out what you could do with a degree in music or sound recording and discover some of the jobs Surrey music and sound recording graduates have secured over the past few years.

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Music and sound have the power to delight and inspire. By studying them, you’ll develop the technical skills, cultural knowledge and creative flair to express yourself in a range of exciting roles. 

The broad range of subjects covered in both our Music, and Music and Sound Engineering (Tonmeister®) courses will prepare you for work in a very competitive industry, from performance roles, to practical audio engineering jobs, to working on the development of new audio technologies.


I’m a composer for TV and film and have had the privilege to compose music for numerous clients including HSBC, C4 Formula 1, Movistar TV series ‘Hope’ and more. The postgraduate course at Surrey gave me the time to build a portfolio of compositional work and get guidance from a variety of professional tutors to prepare my skills for the music industry. The community, support and facilities are like no other.

       – Johnny Yates, MMus Music


Careers with a music or sound recording degree

The breadth of experience you’ll gain on our music courses means you’ll graduate with vital transferable skills and invaluable initiative and adaptability. You can find our music graduates in almost every area of work within the cultural and creative industries.

Our Tonmeister® course has produced a stream of highly successful graduates during its long history, including Oscar, Grammy and Mercury Prize winners. Unique in the UK, this course is highly regarded in the industry, meaning that as a Surrey sound engineering graduate, you will enjoy unrivalled career prospects. 


I spent my Professional Training placement at Aquarium Studios Ltd. in Soho, London, specialising in audio post-production for film and television. Because it was a small company, I covered a variety of roles from running and reception, through to preparing sessions and actually editing dialogue for popular computer games and television programmes. The year was vital in making contacts and getting to know the industry, making me more employable now I have graduated.”

       – Jack Wensley, BMus Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister®)


Music and sound recording graduate jobs

In recent years, our music and sound recording graduates have secured roles including:

  • Assistant Producer, Perfect Pitch
  • Activities and Development Officer, Haringey Music Service
  • Studio Manager, Spitfire Audio
  • Concerts and Projects Manager, London Sinfonietta
  • Commercial Rights Administrator, Faber Music
  • Sound Editor and Business Development, Sound Disposition
  • Sound Engineer and Composer, SNK Studios
  • Audio Consultant, Yellow Technology Ltd
  • Systems and Support Engineer, Solid State Logic
  • Sound Engineer, Arena Television


The modules on my course gave me fantastic experience in concert management, which became an invaluable asset for working in the music industry. Since moving to London, I’ve met people through work who studied at Surrey years before I did, even back to when Surrey was Battersea Polytechnic. This mutual talking point has enabled me to make further connections, not just in the industry, but as new friends too.

       – Rebecca Ibbotson, BMus Music


 “A placement informs a firm understanding of the working environment and will hold one in better stead when looking for a job after graduating. Working for Sky was a fantastic experience, one I was very lucky to have. I am currently still working for Sky on a part-time basis throughout my final year at Surrey.

       – Tim McKeever, BMus Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister®)


Discover more about our music and sound recording courses, our pioneering Professional Training placement scheme and student life at Surrey.

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