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The award
BSc

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Audio Engineering at Queen's University Belfast

The programme is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in engineering within the audio and digital media industries. You will gain technical skills and knowledge relevant to the broader field of electrical and electronic engineering including electronics, embedded systems, computer programming and mathematics. You will also gain practical experience of recording, editing, mixing and mastering music using professional studio facilities and in designing new hardware/software musical instruments and interfaces.

Audio Engineering Degree highlights

QS World University Ranking recently placed Queen's University Belfast in the top 50 universities worldwide for the performing arts.

Global Opportunities

  • Students may opt to spend a semester studying abroad. The School has links with a number of international institutions including Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo do Porto, Instituto Politecnico do Porto National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Technological Educational Institute of Crete, and University of Groningen.

Professional Accreditations

  • The School is an Avid Learning Partner and Avid-accredited courses in Pro Tools for audio post production are embedded into the curriculum.

Industry Links

  • The School benefits from strong industry partnerships including BBC NI, Ulster Orchestra, Opera NI, Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble, Cathedral Arts Festival, Moving on Music, Diatribe Records, DTS and Dolby.
  • Companies currently employing our graduates include Google, BBC, UTV, Apple, BT, Rapid 7, Sensum, Mogees Ltd, Storyful, Cased Dimensions, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Steven's Institute of Technology and Queen's University Belfast.

Career Development

  • The Level 3 Work Placement module is an excellent opportunity for students to gain real-world industry experience. Some of the organisations our students have completed placements with include DTS, Pi Communications, RTÉ, Production House,Audio Engineering A Start Together Studios, Redbox Recording, Smalltown America Studios, Blast Furnace Studios and Sonic Visuals.

World Class Facilities

  • The School is one of the largest and best equipped institutions in the UK working in the field of music and sound. Students haveaccess to state-of-the-art audio resources including the world's first Sonic Laboratory - a unique performance space capable of three-dimensional sound projection.

Internationally Renowned Experts

  • Many of our staff are leading international experts in their fields of research. Additionally, the School employs a number of Industry Fellows - internationally renowned professionals in their fields ofcomposition, performance, songwriting, sound engineering and audio production.

 

Careers

Career Prospects

Introduction
The Stage 3 Work Placement module is an excellent opportunity for students to gain real-world industry experience. Some of the organisations our students have completed placements with include: DTS, Pi Communications, RTE, Production House, Start Together Studios, Redbox Recording, Smalltown America Studios, Blast Furnace Studios, Sonic Visuals.

The programme prepares students for a wide range of possible career paths including studio and venue audio engineering, broadcasting, audiology, acoustic consultancy, artist management, concert-venue management, audio system support, education and other areas of the music and audio industries. Companies currently employing our graduates include Google, BBC, UTV, Apple, BT, Rapid 7, Sensum, Mogees Ltd, Storyful, Cased Dimensions, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Steven's Institute of Technology, Trinity College Dublin, Queen's University Belfast and Ulster University.

Further study, including Masters programmes, is also an option; see the School website for further information.

Employment after the Course
The BSc Audio Engineering is a new degree programme commencing in September 2017.

Graduates of related programmes at Queen's have found employment in areas such as software and hardware engineering, studio and venue audio engineering, broadcasting, audiology, acoustic consultancy, artist management, concert-venue management, audio system support, education and other areas of the music and audio industries.

On average, employment success rates for graduates from ELE and SESE programmes in EEECS are greater than 85% within six months. Good employment prospects are therefore envisaged for the BSc Audio engineering students.

Employment Links
Companies currently employing our graduates include Google, BBC, UTV, Apple, BT, Rapid 7, Sensum, Mogees Ltd, Storyful, Cased Dimensions, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Steven's Institute of Technology, Trinity College Dublin, Queen's University Belfast and Ulster University.

Our graduates are likely to be employable also outside the audio domain. The ELE and SESE graduates have excellent well-paid career prospects across a wide spectrum: design, research, development, production, marketing and sales in employment areas such as avionics and space, telecommunications and broadcasting, connected health and medical electronics, consumer electronics and gaming, computing and software, embedded systems and electronic security.

Alumni Success
The BSc Audio Engineering is a new degree programme commencing in September 2017. Graduates of related programmes at Queen's have been very successful in the area of audio engineering and include:

Nicholas Gillian: Engineer and Creative Technologist, Google
Mark McKeague: Creative Technologist, New York Times
Daniel Drayne: Product Owner, Spotify
Niamh O'Meara: Technical Sales Engineer, Polytec
Nicholas Crowe: Product Manager, Opticon
Irene Kelly: Audiologist, Beacon Audiology
Conor Barry: Product Manager, Mogees
John King: Interactive Designer, Sensum

Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

Study options for this course

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Notes about fees for this course

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee rates for undergraduate students who first enrol at the University in the academic year 2018-19 have not been agreed. Tuition fees for 2019-20 will be based on 2018-19 levels, normally increased by inflation and these are set out below.

Northern Ireland (NI)£4,160England, Scotland or Wales (GB)£9,250Other (non-UK) EU£4,160International£19,500

Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student's tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Audio Engineering costs

The School is an Avid Learning Partner and optional courses providing Avid certification in the use of ProTools are available as part of the programme. The cost of these courses ranges from £20 to £90 per course.

How do I fund my study?

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.

Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.

Scholarships

Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

A level requirements
ABB including Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry, Technology and Design, Electronics, Further Mathematics or Double Award Applied Science.

Irish leaving certificate requirements
H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology or Chemistry

BTEC Extended diploma
A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with 120 credits at Distinction and 60 credits at Merit. Distinctions will be required in stipulated relevant units.

Note
Applicants not offering Physics at A-level should have a minimum of a grade C in GCSE Physics or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC.

BTEC Higher Diploma
Those with good grades in a relevant Higher National Diploma will be considered on their individual merits for entry to Stage 2.

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

How we choose our students

Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by the School of Arts, English and Languages. Once your application has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by a member of administrative staff from the Admissions and Access Service and, if appropriate, the Selector from the School. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

Applicants for this BSc programme must have, or be able to achieve, a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C or better, to include English Language and Mathematics. However, this profile may change from year to year depending on the demand for places. Candidates not offering Physics at A-level require GCSE Physics/Double Award Science at grade C or above. Selectors will also check that any specific entry requirements in terms of A-level subjects can be fulfilled.

Offers are normally made on the basis of three A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS are also considered. Candidates are not normally asked to attend for interview. The offer for repeat candidates is set in terms of three A-levels and may be one grade higher than for first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.

Applicants offering two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of performance in individual BTEC units rather than the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant's portfolio of qualifications. The normal GCSE profile will be expected.

Applicants offering other qualifications, such as BTEC Extended Diplomas, Higher National Certificates, Higher National Diplomas, the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered.

The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those candidates taking a BTEC Extended Diploma and must include both GCSE Mathematics and GCSE Physics/Double Award Science at grade C or better. A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering (180 credits at Level 3) is required for entry to this degree and must include Level 3 Mathematics for Technicians and Level 3 Further Mathematics for Technicians. Where offers are made, these are currently conditional on successful completion of this Extended Diploma with 120 credits at Distinction and 60 credits at Merit, with Distinctions required in four specified units (40 credits), including Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mathematics for Technicians.

Applicants offering a Higher National Certificate (HNC) will require an appropriate GCSE profile, which must include grade C or better in GCSE Mathematics. A relevant HNC in Engineering is required, including Analytical Methods. Where offers are made for Stage 1 entry, these are currently conditional on successful completion of this HNC with 2 Distinctions and remainder Merits, including Merits in three specified units, including Analytical Methods.

For those offering a Higher National Diploma (HND), some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile, but this must include grade C or better in GCSE Mathematics. To be eligible for an offer, the grades obtained in the first year of the HND must allow the overall offer to be achievable. A relevant HND in Engineering is required for admission to this degree and offers for Stage 1 entry are currently conditional on successful completion of this HND with 2 Distinctions, 10 Merits and 4 Passes overall, with Merits required in three specified units, including Analytical Methods. Applicants with sufficiently high grades in the first year of a relevant HND in Engineering may be considered for entry to Stage 2 and, where offers are made, these are currently conditional on successful completion of this HND with 3 Distinctions and 13 Merits overall, with Merits required in four specified units, including Analytical Methods and Further Analytical Methods.

Candidates offering a suitable Access/Certificate in Foundation Studies course will be considered individually on their own merits. The Access course should have substantial Mathematics and Science (i.e. Physics and/or Chemistry) content. Where offers are made, these will be conditional on successful completion of this Access course with 85% in each module.

The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not normally considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking four A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.

If you are made an offer then you may be invited to an Open Day, which is usually held during the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice; the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.

If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions and Access Service (admissions@qub.ac.uk), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

An IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - FOUNDATION AND INTERNATIONAL YEAR ONE PROGRAMMES

INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

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