Music, Multimedia and Electronics BSc

(Full time) 2017 start

Course information for 2016 start

Overview

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.

Specialist facilities

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.

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.

Course content

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.

Course structure

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

Modules

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
  • Introduction to the Sciences of Music 20 credits

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Engineering Mathematics (If you have an alternative Mathematics qualification) 20 credits
  • Engineering Mathematics (If you have A-level Mathematics) 10 credits
  • Introduction to Electronic Music Production and Creation 10 credits
  • Understanding Music 20 credits
  • Music Research Skills 10 credits
  • Composition 20 credits
Year 2

Compulsory modules

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

Optional modules

  • Composition 20 credits
  • Music in Practice 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

For more information on typical modules, read Music, Multimedia and Electronics BSc in programme 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

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.

Assessment

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.

Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB including Mathematics plus evidence of musical literacy e.g. ABRSM Theory Grade 5, OR AAB including Music Technology.

GCSE: English Language at grade C or above (or an appropriate English language qualification), plus grade B or above in Mathematics.

  • 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,D3 including Mathematics.

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 overall (18 higher including 5 points in Mathematics and Music at Higher level). If you haven’t taken Music, we will require ABRSM Theory Grade 5.

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    AAABB overall (including Mathematics and English at Intermediate level)

  • 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 School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re 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 you’re 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.

Next steps

Suitable applicants will be invited to an applicant day, which gives you the opportunity to meet our students, academic staff and admissions staff, and find out more about your course. You’ll take part in a hands-on electronic demonstration, a question and answer session and a school tour. The tour of the school’s facilities includes interactive demonstrations of student activities and recent research projects.

We like to interview applicants before making an offer, so the applicant day will also include an interview with one of our academics. This will give you the chance to discuss your application in more detail, check that it’s the right course for you and your career plans, have your questions answered and find out more about studying at Leeds.

Fees

UK/EU: To be confirmed

International: To be confirmed

Fees are published in the September before the year of entry. They will be updated here after this date.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll 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.

Financial support

The School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering offer a range of scholarships for Home, EU and International students.

Find out more about our Scholarships

Career opportunities

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

Careers Support

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

Study abroad and work placements

Work placements

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