Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

BMus Music Technology

UCAS code: W351

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Edinburgh College of Art

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing BMus Music Technology

Music Technology is an essential part of musical life and a vital area of innovation in contemporary art. At the Reid School of Music, creativity, science and innovation lie at the heart of our music technology programme in equal measures. You will confront issues of art and technology in new and stimulating ways as you develop skills in studio production and recording techniques, computer programming, acoustics, digital signal processing and sound synthesis. After graduating, you’ll be ready for a career in recording, broadcast media or the commercial music industries, or you might develop a career as an artist, teacher or programmer.

Year 1

You will take a range of courses across music technology, music, physics, and mathematics. These include Sound Recording, Music and Technologies, Listening and Musicianship, Inventing, Style Studies, Music Analysis, Musical Acoustics, and Mathematics for Music Technology.

Year 2

You will be introduced to programming and to creative music technology, and will deepen your composition and mathematics skills. You will also have the opportunity to take additional courses in music and to take up to 40 credits in an option subject.

Year 3

You will expand your knowledge of computer programming, acoustics and creative music technology with compulsory courses in Musical Applications of Fourier Theory and Digital Signal Processing, Computer Programming for Music Technology and Algorithmic Composition and Signal Processing. You will also have the opportunity to focus on areas of music composition and history that interest you and to take additional music technology courses. You may take up to 40 credits in courses outside of Music, in either Year 3 or 4.

Year 4

You will select courses that build on your subject choices in third year. You will also undertake a major Music Technology Project.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2017/18)

Our facilities

The majority of teaching takes place within the Reid School of Music in Alison House, located within the University's Central Area, as well as Edinburgh College of Art. You will have access to the School's practice rooms and recording studios, as well as all the University's computing facilities and libraries.

The University is investing in the ECA estate and facilities to further develop our flexible, stimulating, supportive and sustainable learning and research environment for students and staff.

Further information is available on the ECA website.

Facilities and resources at ECA

Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad through Erasmus or the University's international exchange programme.

Guaranteed study abroad funding for students required to complete a year abroad

How will I learn?

Most courses are taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical classes and workshops. The small class sizes create an informal and supportive learning environment.

A feature of teaching at Edinburgh is project-based work in Years 1 and 2, where the year group will work together for a whole week to master one particular skill, for example writing for a resident ensemble such as The Edinburgh Quartet.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through coursework, exams, projects, portfolios and, in your final year, a dissertation, performance or portfolio of compositions (including the option of electro-acoustic compositions).

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2018/19)

The BMus Hons programme provides both the breadth and depth needed to pursue many professional careers in music. Recent graduates have gone on to successful careers in performance, teaching, composition, journalism, the culture industries and music therapy.

The Music Technology programme equips you for careers in the music and media industries, broadcasting or education, or for further advanced study. Graduates will be ready for careers in recording, broadcast media or the commercial music industries, or might develop a career as an artist, teacher or programmer.

The transferable skills developed in areas such as computer programming, mathematics and analytical writing also provide excellent preparation for a wide variety of non-musical careers.

MA (Hons) Music graduates will be ready for music-related careers in creative arts, education and media. Career options may include performance and composition; arts management; festival development, management and curation; and working in media and culture industries in film, television, radio, animation and the games industry. You will also be well placed to work in commerce and collaborate in community development.

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 39 points (grades 666 at HL).

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. Higher Music at Grade A and Mathematics at Grade B required. Advanced Higher Music recommended. National 5: English at Grade C.
  • A Levels: ABB, including Music at Grade A and Mathematics at Grade B. GCSEs: English at Grade C or 4. (Revised 08/03/2017 to provide more accurate information.)
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects including Music at Grade 6 and Mathematics at Grade 5. SL: English at 5.

Additional requirements

Additional requirements

All students must have reached a standard equivalent to Associated Board Grade VII in any recognised instrument or singing.

ABRSM Grade 8 Theory is accepted in lieu of a school qualification in Music. You will not be interviewed.

Find out more about entry requirements

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements


For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C or 4
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5

Our decision to offer a place is based on the information supplied in your UCAS application. This includes your personal statement and your exam grades. We expect to see a demonstrable commitment to studying Music in your UCAS personal statement. We may also invite you to tell us more about your musical experience (for example, background in performance or creative practice, repertoire list, and/or SoundCloud or YouTube content).


The Reid School of Music does not interview or hold auditions. We scrutinise your application and request further performance background information if we require it. This process ensures that we offer places to students who show the ability to meet our high standards, and that applicants from all backgrounds have the same opportunity to demonstrate their potential.

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BMus Music Technology

Additional costs



For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding