This innovative course pairs music technology with electronic engineering, and allows you to specialise in designing electronic systems for creative practice, and pursue musicological and scientific research in music.
Run jointly by the Schools of Music and Electronic and Electrical Engineering, the programme focuses on engineering, creative applications and contextual study at the intersection of music and technology. Core modules provide a solid base in both disciplines; you'll gain an understanding of circuit analysis, audio signal processing, sound and music technologies, and engineering and musicological research skills. You'll study digital media engineering and embedded systems, while creating your own electronic music. Project work will equip you with skills for a variety of exciting careers.
Students are taught by world-leading researchers in sonic arts, digital electronics and electroacoustic music studies, and have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in both schools.
You'll learn from experts across disciplines in excellent facilities, including contemporary recording and electronic music production studios in the School of Music. Dedicated acoustics and digital media laboratories in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering will also be open to you. We support a wide range of software platforms (Logic, Pro Tools, Cubase, Native Instruments, MaxMSP, etc.), though we aim to equip students with platform-independent skills.
The School of Music has its own purpose-built facilities complete with rehearsal, performance, and practice spaces and lecture theatres. At the heart of the School is the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, a beautiful performance space with a multi-channel sound system for the live projection of electronic music, comprising a large array of top-of-the-range Genelec loudspeakers. Our entire international concert series programme is free to students.
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Music at Leeds
Leeds offers a fantastic variety of opportunities to get involved with music and performance through extra-curricular activities run by the student union, or you can create your own ensembles and bands.
Leeds University Union Music Society (LUUMS) is one of the Union's largest societies and the campus hosts a diverse range of other musical societies, including Electronic Music and DJ Societies, as well as Gospel Choir, Clothworkers Consort of Leeds, Opera Society, Music Theatre, Band Soc, and Big Band.
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You could also get involved in cultural activities in the Leeds area, and perform in the city's many venues such as clubs, pubs, churches, or the Town Hall.
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This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporate Engineer.
Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. An accredited electronic engineering course must meet the quality standards set by the IET.
Year 1 develops fundamental skills and knowledge in music technology and electronic engineering. You'll learn about sound and music technologies, research skills, analogue and digital electronics, and begin to learn how to program embedded systems, all while creating your own electronic music.
The second year of the course develops contextual awareness and applied skills. You'll develop your electronic music creation and production skills while learning about music in its critical and practical contexts. Project work will also allow you to apply your knowledge to specific engineering problems - you'll develop a mobile app and design a prototype product with an embedded system.
The final year emphasises research and project work at the intersection of music and technology. As well as your group project in music, multimedia and electronics, you can choose to specialise in composition, applied creative technology, or musicology for your independent work. You'll learn how microelectronic technology is used to process digital signals and how content is distributed, as well as learning more about development tools for embedded devices. Projects are open-brief, and this enables you to develop your own specialism in creative music technologies—excellent preparation for your future career.
You'll study engineering ethics as part of your course, with lectures and/or seminars in each year of your study. Visit our engineering ethics webpage to find out more.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including Mathematics and/or Music Technology. Normally students will have studied Music, but if you have not, you should demonstrate some level of musical experience such as practical or theory examinations, or equivalent.
Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.
GCSE: English Language at grade C or above (or an appropriate English language qualification), plus grade B or above in Mathematics.
The degree is designed to equip you with skills and knowledge for a range of careers in which research skills and knowledge of technical systems are beneficial, including digital media, software programming, audio and consumer electronics, broadcasting, studio engineering, music editing and production, as well as postgraduate study.
You could consider a variety of roles in fields such as innovative music product design, testing and implementation, software and programming for both music apps and general IT applications, audio hardware design, innovative musical performances and/or composition, music-related career routes such as composition, music production and music education, work in the electronics industry - especially in the areas of embedded systems and hardware/software interfacing - and academic research.
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Study abroad and work placements
During your second year you'll be able to apply to transfer to our BSc Music, Multimedia and Electronics (International) programme. This allows you to extend your degree by a year and spend your third year studying at one of our many partner universities worldwide.
It's a great opportunity to enhance your CV and gain a new perspective on your studies, as well as deepening your cultural awareness through more varied experience. In addition to being a highlight of your degree, it can give you real confidence in a competitive job market.
You might choose to do an Industrial year through one of the many existing placement providers. On successful completion, you will be awarded the 'industrial' variant in your degree title to demonstrate your unique expertise to future employers. Students who choose to take the Work Placement year in Music also have the chance to create their own placements.
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