Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

BSc Music, Multimedia and Electronics

This information is for 2018 entry only. Information for 2017 entry.

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.

Specialist facilities

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.

Find out more about Leeds University Union Clubs and Societies.

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.

Read more about city life in Leeds.

Accreditation

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.

Engineering ethics

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.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Circuit Analysis and Design 20 credits
  • Communications Networks and Signals 10 credits
  • Digital Electronics and Microcontrollers 20 credits
  • Electronic Music Production and Creation 10 credits
  • Sound, Technology, and Music 20 credits
  • Music Research Skills 20 credits
  • Studying in a Digital Age (Music) 5 credits

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Engineering Mathematics 20 credits
  • Engineering Mathematics 10 credits
  • Introduction to Electronic Music Production and Creation 10 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Embedded Systems Project 20 credits
  • Mobile Applications Project 20 credits
  • Audio Signal Processing 20 credits
  • Music Technology Skills and Techniques 20 credits
  • Electronic Music Creation and Production 2 20 credits

Optional modules

  • Music in Practice 20 credits
  • Music in Context 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Digital Media Engineering 10 credits
  • Embedded Systems 20 credits
  • Music, Multimedia and Electronics Project 50 credits

Optional modules

  • Composition 40 credits
  • Music Technology 40 credits
  • Dissertation 40 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Music, Multimedia and Electronics BSc in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

The course is taught by distinguished scholars: in the recent Research Excellence Framework exercise, 83% of Music’s research was rated as internationally excellent or world-leading, and the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering was rated in the top five in the UK.

Practical classes and project work in applied creative technology are distinctive features of the programme, through which students are able to gain first-hand experience investigating and applying material from lectures and tutorials to real life work situations. Technical and applied technology material is taught through a combination of lectures, example classes, practical laboratories (emphasising both group and individual work) and individual tutorials. This is combined with small group skills training in research techniques, and lectures and seminars in which historic, contextual, and ethical issues are discussed.

You’ll be assigned a personal tutor who will meet with you individually at least twice a year, and tutorial support for your other modules is always available on request. Staff have office hours where you can drop in and ask for help if you need it. There is extensive support for students offered through the library's skills programme.

Assessment

We use different types of assessment, depending on the modules you choose. Assessments include examinations, written assignments, and portfolios of creative and technical work.


Entry requirements

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.

Alternate Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

45 Level 3 credits with Distinction, including Mathematics and with evidence of musical literacy.

BTEC

Extended Diploma: DDD including an appropriate amount of Level 3 Mathematics and evidence of musical literacy.

Music Technology: DDD plus GCSE Mathematics at grade B or higher.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3,D3,M1 including Mathematics at D3 and evidence of musical literacy.

International Baccalaureate

35 overall (16 higher including 5 points in Mathematics and Music at Higher level). If you haven’t taken Music, we will require ABRSM Theory Grade 5.

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

H3 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2, including Mathematics at H2 with evidence of musical literacy.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AABBB overall with AB in 2 Advanced Highers to include Mathematics with evidence of musical literacy.

Other Qualifications

HND (Higher National Diploma): Distinctions for all 16 units including Mathematics with evidence of musical literacy.

HNC (Higher National Certificate): Distinctions for all 10 units including Mathematics with evidence of musical literacy.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degrees, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. We offer a BSc Studies in Science for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Foundation year

If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

- University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

- Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

- Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If youre unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Suitable candidates will be invited for interview as part of the selection process. Interviews usually take place between November and March during one of the post-application open days, meaning you’ll also have the chance to visit both schools and meet some staff and students.

Admissions tutors will consider your experience, skills and knowledge in relation to the academic demands of the course. The interview is important for demonstrating your experience, skills and knowledge, asking any questions you have about the course, and letting us know your views on music and technology.

Admissions policy

School of Music Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £21,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.


Career opportunities

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.

Read our alumni profiles to find out more about where our students are working

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.


Placement opportunities

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.

Work placements

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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