Reasons to choose the programme

A unique opportunity to study sound and music technologies using science and engineering methodologies.
Flexible pathways allow you to combine scientific, technological, and artistic subjects as your interests and expertise develop.
Valuable industrial placement possibilities at a range of leading acoustics, audio, and music technology companies.
Edinburgh is home to world leading researchers in acoustics, audio, and music technology.
The city has a vibrant and inspirational music and arts scene, and is home to the world’s largest arts festival.

Outline

This exciting new programme brings together the core scientific and creative subjects that underpin the field of Acoustics and Music Technology. Physics, computer programming, and audio signal processing are taken alongside studies in the creative use of sound, hosted within a dynamic, multi-disciplinary music department. The programme is unique in combining study in both the Sciences and the Arts within an integrated single Honours degree programme that will equip you to invent the future of acoustics, audio, and music technology. If you have interests in both science and engineering, and music, then this programme is for you.

Acoustics and Music Technology are driving a revolution in the way that sound is created, manipulated, transmitted, and replayed. They enable an expanding range of creative applications, from music production to the design of concert halls, from the emerging field of immersive virtual reality to new modalities of musical expression. Continued growth in computer power, in particular, is allowing for remarkable innovation, from next generation methods for sound synthesis, to a transformation in the way we design and experience the built environment, to the emergence of wholly new forms of media.

Such a fast-moving field demands graduates with both deep technical knowledge, and creative mind-sets, able to work across a range of disciplines. The programme emphasises excellence in the core subjects of physics, computer programming, and audio signal processing and combines them with contemporary studies in sound recording, architectural acoustics, creative music technology, sound design, and a range of further options in music and beyond.

You may follow one of two distinct pathways through the programme, in Physical Acoustics, or Computer Music Systems, or you may combine aspects of both pathways to tailor the programme to your specific interests.

The primary objectives of the programme are to provide students with solid skills in science and mathematics, experience in the creative applications of sound and music technology, and industrially-relevant understanding of how these interconnected subjects are shaping the role of sound and music in human society. The diverse and challenging nature of the programme will equip you to work at the fast moving interface between the latest scientific research and the newest forms of musical expression.

Careers

This new programme builds on Edinburgh’s considerable existing strengths in acoustics and music technology.

Our graduates play a prominent role in the acoustics, audio, and music technology industries, working for leading companies such as Arturia, Arup, AudioKinnetic, the BBC, Facebook, Hann Tucker Associates, LG Electronics, Native Instruments, and other organisations involved in commercial acoustic design, music technology, and software engineering.

We have recently seen an exciting new stream of innovative start-up companies being formed by our graduates. One of these, TwoBigEars, was recently acquired by Facebook to form the basis of a new virtual reality platform that is used by millions of users around the world.

Our graduates’ advanced skills in physics, mathematics, software engineering, and general problem solving are recognised by a wide range of employers. They are sought after by sectors including engineering, manufacturing, energy, finance, medicine, and the space industries.

In addition, the creative-thinking skills you will develop provide a valuable complement to those of a technical and mathematical nature, giving you a unique and marketable combination of abilities.


How to apply and entrance requirements

If you'd like to study on an undergraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. You can find out how to do this on the University of Edinburgh website, where you'll also be able to

  • see the structure of the programme and what you will study each year
  • see detailed entrance requirements for each programme on the Degree Finder
  • get information on what to expect after you apply
  • find out about fees
  • find out where to go for further advice and guidance

Take me to the University of Edinburgh website on how to apply for undergraduate

If you have any questions about the application process, our Undergraduate Admissions Office will be happy to help you.

Email the Undergraduate Admissions Office: CAHSS.UGAdmissions@ed.ac.uk


Staff

Dr Michael Newton

Programme Director, Acoustics and Music Technology – BSc

Email: michael.newton@ed.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 5865


Facilities and resources

SOLD OUT FOR 2018/19

Seventeen practice rooms equipped with pianos, ideal for students requiring a private place for music practice.

Our extensive range of music studio spaces, equipment, and software will allow you to see your audio projects all the way through from composition and recording, to mixing, mastering, and post-production.

A 218-seat Victorian venue built in 1859. Used for regular orchestral and choral rehearsals and performances.



Contact

College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Office

Email: CAHSS.UGAdmissions@ed.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 3565