Creative Music Technology BMus (Hons) – 2019 entry

Why choose this course

One route to an exciting career in the arts and creative industries is a degree that develops the technical skills, cultural knowledge and creative flair necessary for making innovative music in the 21st century.

Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for music, with our courses ranked 2nd by the Guardian University Guide 2019. We also achieved 100 per cent overall satisfaction for this course in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2018.

We immerse our BMus Creative Music Technology students in a unique working environment that mirrors the professional world. You’ll be using world-class studio facilities and collaborating with some of the best studio engineers and musicians studying in the UK.

What you will study

You will study contemporary and professional music industry practice, preparing you for a broad range of careers in the contemporary and computer-based music industry.

Our vision is to create ‘thinking musicians’, so this applied practice-led degree will also develop your repertoire knowledge, analytical and critical thinking, and fundamental transferable skills, such as how to conduct research, give presentations and work in collaborative and interdisciplinary ways. We are pluralistic in outlook, embracing and supporting music-making in all its forms and contexts.

Upon graduation, you will have a strong portfolio of works that will help you in your career, and the skills necessary to create new works for a broad range of media.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training UCAS KIS code
BMus (Hons) 36 months W3G5 View KIS data set

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Study creative music technology and you will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a successful career in the film, TV live-event and computer-games industries.

Graduates of this programme have gone on to become successful film and TV sound designers and composers, have found employment in music education, business and marketing, and have also achieved higher degrees and qualifications.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.

For an international experience, you have the opportunity to go abroad as part of your degree to spend one or two semesters as a student in one of the numerous universities with which we have agreements. These include:

  • University of Cincinnati (US)
  • University of Central Florida (US)
  • University of North Texas (US)
  • North Carolina State University (US)
  • Monash University (Australia)
  • University of Sydney (Australia)

The benefits of participating in such an experience are numerous. They include the development of adaptation and communication skills, an increase in confidence and the ability to deal with unfamiliar situations, new traditions and a new language.

Facilities

We have an enviable set of facilities for you to use, including performing spaces, professional recording studios, a good selection of practice rooms (exclusively for use by Department of Music and Sound Recording students), a Steinway concert grand piano and a collection of instruments, some of which may be loaned to students. 

You will have access to a well-stocked audio-visual room, with digital and online listening resources, plus an extensive archive collection of scores/cassettes/LPs/CDs located in the nearby University Library.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 2

Optional modules for Year 2 - FHEQ Level 5

There are four compulsory modules at Year 2 with a total value of 60 credits. Students are required to select two optional modules for Semester 1 and two optional modules for Semester 2.

Year 3

Optional modules for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6

Students are required to take one compulsory module, and to choose optional modules to complete the programme of study according to the following rubric,:
- Select two modules in Semester 1 and three in Semester 2
OR
- Select three modules in Semester 1 and two in Semester 2

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

You acquire your skills through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Appropriate teaching materials are made available to you through the University’s online e-learning system, SurreyLearn. 

Practice rooms, edit suites, audio labs and self-study areas are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether your classes are practical or theoretical, you will develop your skills through a combination of academic, theoretical and creative practice led by teaching staff who are qualified to approach topics from all points of view.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Staff

This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Programme leader

HALL TR Dr (Music & Med)

Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress

  • Pastoral/welfare issues

  • Personal/professional development and employability.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall: ABB. Also Grade 5 theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency.

Required subjects: Music or Music Technology at Grade A. 

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD. Also Grade 5 theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency.

Required subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32. Also Grade 5 theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency.

Required subjects: Music HL6/SL7. If Music not taken in the IB, please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and either Maths or Maths Studies HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 78%. Also Grade 5 theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency.

Required subjects: Music 8.5. If Music not taken in the EB, please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or equivalent: Maths 6 and either English Language (1/2) 6 or English Language (3)7. If Music not taken in the EB, please contact us to discuss suitability.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit. Also Grade 5 theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency.

Required subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent). Grade 5 theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency is also required.

Scottish Highers

Overall: AABBB. Also Grade 5 theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency.

Required subjects: Music or Music Technology at grade A.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Maths - Scottish National 5 - C. In addition, Grade 5 theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with ABB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Also Grade 5 theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

Required subjects: Music or Music Technology at grade A.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).  Grade 5 theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency is also required.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass. Also Grade 5 theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency.

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Selection process

Offers are usually made in terms of grades. All suitable candidates will be required to bring a portfolio of computer-based compositional work to interview.

During the visit to the University, the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

Applicants based overseas, who are unable to attend an interview, are assessed via Skype interview and by submitting a portfolio of work.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BMus (Hons) 36 months To be confirmed To be confirmed Not applicable

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

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