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

Location:

Stag Hill

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, student demand and/or class size caps.

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course, you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification

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 Department of Music and Media.

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 Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development 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

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is the University of Surrey’s disability and neurodiversity service. The ALS team supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

English language support

Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall: ABB-BBB

Required subjects: Music or Music Technology. Grade 5 Theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency may be accepted.

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-DDM and 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 and Grade 5 theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency.

Required subjects: HL5/SL6 in Music. 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%-75% and Grade 5 theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency.

Required subjects: Grade 7.5 in Music. 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 to 45 Level 3 credits overall including 27 at Distinction and 18 at Merit and 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-ABBBB and 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-BBB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

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

Required subjects: A-level 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 Writing and 5.5 in each other 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.

If you can demonstrate exceptional academic performance in your schooling to date, you could be awarded an unconditional offer as part of the University’s Unconditional Offer Scheme.

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 £9,250 £18,000 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.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

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