BSc Music, Multimedia and Electronics (2017 entry)
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This innovative course pairs music technology with electronic engineering, allowing you to specialise in designing electronic systems both for creative practice and scientific research in music.
Core modules will give you a solid base in both disciplines, and you’ll gain an understanding of circuit analysis, audio signal processing, the sciences of music and the technologies available for sound recording and the development of computer music. You’ll also study digital media engineering and embedded systems, and you’ll have the option to compose your own pieces in every year. Project work in each year will help to equip you with the skills for professional life.
Taught by both the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and the School of Music, this degree builds on the research of our Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Research in Music, giving you access to cutting-edge research alongside the knowledge and skills to prepare you for a variety of exciting careers.
You’ll learn from experts across disciplines in excellent facilities, including state-of-the-art recording suites 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, and you’ll have access to studios equipped for up to 12.1 Surround Sound as well as music creation and production tools like Logic and Ableton.
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 will give you a firm foundation in key subjects in music technology and electronic engineering. You’ll learn about both analogue and digital electronics, the sciences of music and begin to learn how to program embedded systems. Optional modules will introduce you to different approaches to studying music and research in the field, while you build your electronic composition portfolio over the year.
The second year of the course begins to bring the two disciplines together. You’ll develop your electronic music production and composition skills and learn about some of the important techniques and tools involved in computer music and sound recording. You can also choose to learn more about practice-led research in music or continue with composition. Engineering 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 of your degree centres around two large projects, one group and one individual. Both projects are open brief and it’s up to you as a student to decide the area of Music Technology in which they are applied. The projects frequently draw on research from our Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Research in Music, and give you the opportunity to publish your work at an academic level. Outside of project 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.
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.
Details of typical modules/components for this course will be published on May 1st. These may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
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
You’ll benefit from our integrated style of learning and teaching. Practical classes and project work allow you to gain first-hand experience investigating and applying material from your lectures and tutorials to real life work situations.
Our personal tutorial system will provide academic and pastoral support. You will have a designated personal tutor throughout your studies at Leeds. He or she will be an academic member of staff: you will have weekly academic tutorials with your tutor throughout your first year, in your tutor group (of typically 5 students), as well as one-to-one meetings twice per semester.
Most modules are assessed by more than one component. These components can include written examinations held at the end of each year, in-class and online tests, example sheets, assignments, and coursework in the form of reports, projects, presentations and posters.
The degree is designed to equip you with skills and knowledge for a range of careers including digital media, software programming, audio and consumer electronics, broadcasting, studio engineering and music editing and production.
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
You’ll have access to our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, who will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.
You’ll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers. The team also works closely with the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.
Find out more about careers support and employability
With the help and support of our faculty Employability Team, you can choose to undertake a placement at one of the 100+ companies that we work with. If you decide to undertake a placement year, this will extend your degree by 12 months and on successful completion, you will be awarded the ‘industrial’ variant in your degree title to demonstrate your unique expertise to future employers.
Find out more about work placements