The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Music Technology

Why choose this course?

The BA (Hons) Music Technology is aimed at aspiring, creative users and developers of audio technologies.

The course offers a unique insight into the expanded field of music technology, giving you a blend of creative practice in music with a technical perspective critical for success within the rapidly developing music events business. This course stimulates your innate love of music, music production and music technologies, explores and identifies what music is, what music does, and what music means and provides a structured approach to your career progression as technologist, producer, performer, composer, teacher, or academic.

Can't decide which course you love the most? Why not look at our joint options... BA (Hons) Music Technology and Popular Music

* This course has scored a 100% overall satisfaction rating in the 2017 National Student Survey.

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What happens on the course?

In the first year you will be given an introduction to theory and practice, taking modules in acoustics, audio programming and music theory, studio engineering and mixdown, live sound engineering, and academic skills.

In your second year you will continue your research and practice in studio engineering and production, including DSP theory and advanced mixdown and mastering using both hybrid and surround systems. You will explore key developments in music technology, and develop skills in synthesis and game sound.

In your final year you will develop your professional practice and expand your skills, explore software and hardware interface design, practice in multimedia production, and develop music for image. You will also undertake your final project, which will be a significant piece of work such as an album, a video game or film soundtrack, or a dissertation.

Why Wolverhampton?

You will have hands-on experience with the latest digital music technologies in our dedicated Mac suites and recording studios, whilst developing an advanced range of music technology skills for the creation and production of sound in a variety of contexts including studio recording and production, using music programming languages, and creating music for multimedia. The course is taught by an experienced and dedicated teaching staff with significant involvement from industry professionals, meaning you will be ready to respond to the technological, academic and artistic innovations within the industry.

The University of Wolverhampton continues to develop state of the art facilities at its Walsall campus to greatly enhance your learning experience. The Performance Hub has a diverse range of fully equipped music teaching, performance and practice rooms (accommodating a single person to a large band/ensemble), two high-end professional recording studios, and two bespoke technology suites running industry standard software including Pro Tools and Logic Pro. Our two recording studios offer the perfect blend of digital and analogue technologies, giving students the opportunity to combine classic analogue recording technique with the flexibility and reliability digital technology provides. As well as a dedicated live room each for recording, for increased flexibility and choice of room acoustic, any of the music rehearsal rooms surrounding each studio can also be patched into the studio’s control room.

The member of academic staff who leads this course is Matt Bellingham

What our students think

"I’m so glad I chose to study at Wolverhampton. The lecturers are world-class practitioners and academics, and the course is always kept up-to-date and relevant, with really strong industry links."

"I have loved my time at the Performance Hub. I have been introduced to many areas I hadn’t ever considered, and have now worked with Grammy-award winning producers as well as writing my own software. I am now preparing for an internship at a game developer. Awesome!"

"Thank you very much for helping me and for your overall involvement in many of my classes. Thanks to the UOW I have learnt many musical and life lessons. I will never forget it."

"It is good to work with experts within their field, who obviously have a wealth of experience from which we can learn. There is an abundance of information, which, through working within the industry day-to-day, can be related to us in practical and well applied examples."

Career path

Graduates from this course will have highly developed music technology and production skills, along with the entrepreneurial and creative abilities necessary to ensure that many careers in the fast developing music industry can be pursued. Examples of careers include:

  • Studio engineer
  • Producer
  • Game audio developer
  • Live sound engineer
  • Live sound system designer
  • Film, TV and games sound designer and music composer
  • Music programmer
  • Location recorder
  • Mixing or mastering engineer
  • Teacher/trainer of music technology

What skills will you gain?

As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of key aspects and cutting-edge developments in music technology and show the ability to work in the field of audio production using a variety of established and emerging technologies and techniques.
  2. Develop detailed conceptual knowledge and coherent practical skill in creative computing, including the use of audio/music programming languages and interaction elements.
  3. Develop critical, analytical and creative skills in research, academic writing and communication, including devising and sustaining arguments and defining and solving problems, and communicate your information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  4. Review, consolidate, extend and apply your knowledge and understanding of the needs of both industry and academia; develop your transferable skills, initiative, responsibility and decision-making abilities in order to enhance employability.
  5. Devise, negotiate and manage an extended project using appropriate scholarly and vocationally relevant strategies and methodologies in order to bring it to a successful conclusion by an agreed deadline.

Who accredits this course?

This course is Industry Accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support). JAMES accredits education on behalf of the APRS (Association of Professional Recording Services), MPG (Music Producers Guild), MMF (Music Managers’ Forum), AMPS (Association of Motion Picture Sound), MIA (Music Industry Association), ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians), PLASA and the UK Screen Association. BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) and IASIG (Interactive Audio Special Interest Group) are endorsing members of the JAMES Accreditation Scheme. Accreditation of a course by relevant industry bodies provides assurance to students and employers of its potential and value.

Entry requirements

2019 Entry

  • BBC from ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade DMM; BTEC QCF Diploma grade D*D*
  • Rockschool Level 3 (RSL) Extended Diploma in Music Practitioners grade D
  • Rockschool Level 3 (RSL) Diploma in Music Practitioners grade D*
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction)
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted to attend an Interview. Read further information on the interview process here

Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £12,000
Part time # £2,975

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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