Music Technology

Course type: Single Honours, Dual Honours,
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BCC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Music and Music Technology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Overview

Music Technology and Music at Keele are highly rated by students for quality of advice and support, fair assessments, plus detailed and prompt feedback (National Student Survey 2015).

Keele’s Music Technology programme encourages you to work at the frontiers of the creative application of technology in composition, music production, sound design, screen music, audio-visuals and music software. The course is informed and inspired by successful creative practitioners and researchers. You will study many different styles and genres, inventing, capturing, recording, mixing and manipulating audio/visual content using advanced digital media. You will also explore the theory of sound, the history of audio technology, and the cultural contexts of music. As a Keele Music Technology student you’ll have access 24/7 to our purpose-built recording and project studios, practice rooms, a vast library of digital media assets and also an extensive music library. You can also combine Music Technology with components of Keele’s Music programme to create an individually tailored, distinctive degree that reflects your imagination and passions.

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Music Technology.

First year

Core modules: 

  • Audio Fundamentals
  • Sonic Arts Repertoire
  • Composing with Sound 

Optional core modules: 

  • Twentieth-Century Musics
  • Active Listening
  • Popular Music

Elective modules:

  • Ensemble Performance
  • Music Theory
  • Introduction to Composition
  • Twentieth-Century Musics
  • Surround Sound
  • Sound Recording
  • Active Listening
  • Popular Music
  • World Musics
  • Instrumental Lessons

Second year

Optional core modules: 

  • Meaning in Sonic Arts
  • Audio-Visual Composition
  • Real-Time Sound Processing
  • Introduction to Digital Signal Processing
  • Record Production in Theory and Practice
  • Creative Sound Design 

Elective modules:

  • Intermediate Composition
  • Solo Performance
  • Unheard Melodies: Music in the Narrative Film
  • Orchestration
  • Music in the Community
  • Stravinsky, Russian traditions and Legacy (or replacement)
  • Chamber Music
  • Music in German Culture 
  • Indian Music

Third year

Core modules:

Music Technology Independent Study Projects (ISPs) 

  • Music Programme Project 2
  • Music Technology Dissertation 2
  • Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 

ISPs formed from two Music Technology modules: 

  • Composing with Interactive Computer Transformation AND
  • Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1 

Optional core modules: 

  • Music Programming
  • Colloquia in Electroacoustic Music
  • Composing with Interactive Computer Transformation
  • Music Technology Dissertation 1 
  • Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1

Elective modules: 

  • Music and Literature in the Long 19th Century
  • Contextual Studies 1
  • Approaches to Music Analysis
  • Composition 1
  • Music and Literature in the Long 19th Century Project*
  • Contextual Studies 2*
  • Analysis Project
  • Composition
  • Dissertation 2 
  • Dissertation 1

* These modules are only available in conjunction with their Semester 1 counterparts.
You cannot take Dissertation 1 and Dissertation 2, or Composition 1 and Composition 2

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours Music Technology.

First year

Core modules: 

  • Audio Fundamentals
  • Sonic Arts Repertoire
  • Composing with Sound 

 Elective modules:

  • Twentieth-Century Musics
  • Active Listening
  • Popular Music
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Music Theory
  • Introduction to Composition
  • Surround Sound
  • Sound Recording
  • World Musics
  • Instrumental Lessons

Second year

Optional core modules:

  • Meaning in Sonic Arts
  • Audio-Visual Composition
  • Real-Time Sound Processing
  • Introduction to Digital Signal Processing
  • Record Production in Theory and Practice
  • Creative Sound Design 

Elective modules:

  • Intermediate Composition
  • Solo Performance
  • Unheard Melodies: Music in the Narrative Film
  • Orchestration
  • Music in the Community
  • Stravinsky, Russian traditions and Legacy (or replacement)
  • Chamber Music
  • Music in German Culture 
  • Indian Music

Third year

Core modules:

Music Technology Independent Study Projects (ISPs) 

  • Music Programme Project 2
  • Music Technology Dissertation 2
  • Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 

ISPs formed from two Music Technology modules: 

  • Composing with Interactive Computer Transformation AND
  • Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1 

Optional core modules: 

  • Music Programming
  • Colloquia in Electroacoustic Music
  • Composing with Interactive Computer Transformation
  • Music Technology Dissertation 1 
  • Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1

Elective modules: 

  • Music and Literature in the Long 19th Century
  • Contextual Studies 1
  • Approaches to Music Analysis
  • Composition 1
  • Music and Literature in the Long 19th Century Project*
  • Contextual Studies 2*
  • Analysis Project
  • Composition
  • Dissertation 2 
  • Dissertation 1

* These modules are only available in conjunction with their Semester 1 counterparts.
You cannot take Dissertation 1 and Dissertation 2, or Composition 1 and Composition 2

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students.

First year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 21%
  • Guided independent study – 79%

Second year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 19%
  • Guided independent study – 81% 

Third year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 20%
  • Guided independent study – 80%

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

A combination of individual and group projects prepares you for the collaborative environments of contemporary music, sound, software and media production. You’ll also have the skills you need to pursue a wide range of careers involving creative technologies, and to undertake further training in a range of related professions. These include broadcasting, recording, production, sound design, soundtrack creation, software design, song writing and performance, as well as original audio and audiovisual composition, studio work, and teaching. You might choose to work as a freelance sound designer for games and video, a sound technician, a community musician or a radio broadcast assistant. Graduates in music technology also develop careers as broadcast engineers, theatre stage managers, radio producers and multimedia specialists.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Music Technology with Foundation Year: J930 View Unistats for this course

Students are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) (BA Hons) if their two Principal courses are in humanities and/or social science subjects.

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

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Study abroad

On the Music Technology Programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination.

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF) Dual Honours Course Information Document (PDF)