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The award
MA

How long you will study
3 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 2040

How you will study
part-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Music Production at Staffordshire University

  • Flagship recording / mixing studio with SSL AWS 900, 3 analogue recording studios with live rooms, 3 Pro-Tools recording studios with live rooms, 35-seat Mac lab, large PC lab, 2 mastering studios and 2 project rooms
  • Avid accredited status, enabling students to undertake further industry-recognised qualifications
  • Experienced teaching staff who are actively involved in the music industry or academic research
  • Undertake practical Live Sound applications by engineering live concerts at the University and external venues
  • Postgraduate loans now available

The course gives students the opportunity to develop their existing creative music production skills using our experienced staff and world-class facilities as resources. Students who complete the award will be equipped with the skillsets necessary to compete for work related to music and sound production in the highly competitive environments of the creative industries.

Music production today not only involves being able to record, mix, and edit music in a variety of different genres and situations; it also involves an understanding of composition and arranging, an ability to work in different software environments with a high level of competence, an understanding of performance practices in different contexts, and an understanding of the relationships between music, sound and other media.

There are opportunities to develop all of these skills on the award, always with an emphasis on creativity and a focus on rigorous academic underpinning. Successful students will thus be afforded the opportunity to progress to further postgraduate research should they wish to do so.

Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 120 credits, split equally over your second and third years of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £2,040 for your first year in 2017/18. The fee for your second and third year of study will be broadly the same, except that an inflationary uplift may apply.* You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

* The fees listed are for the 2017/18 academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an inflationary uplift.

Alumni Discount: If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to 15% off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.'

Postgraduate Loans:

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,280 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. You won't have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than (currently) £21,000 per year.

Course content

Semester One

  • Modern Composition in Context
  • Audio Visual Composition
  • Negotiated Study: Music
  • Option module (Options include Advanced Recording Techniques, Mixing Techniques, Acoustics, Mastering and Signal Processing)

Semester Two

  • Research Methods for Music
  • Performance Practices
  • Creative Music Software Design
  • Option module (Options include Pro Tools for Music Production, Mastering Techniques, Electronics for Musicians)
  • MA Project

Graduate destinations

Just some of the routes taken by our students after graduating:

  • Software engineering (SSL)
  • Environmental acoustics (RPS Group Acoustic Consultants, Hann Tucker Associates)
  • Education
  • Live sound
  • Film sound

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 2040International course fees find out

Entry requirements

Normal requirements are at least a UK second class honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline. If you do not meet the above but have significant appropriate experience, your application will be considered, provided that you satisfy the University that you are capable of responding to the challenge of postgraduate work. If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you are fluent enough to cope with the course. A minimum score of IELTS 6.5 is normally required.

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