Reasons to choose the programme

An extraordinary place to study music technology: Edinburgh has a vibrant music and arts scene, and is home to the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh festival. The city hosts the world-class Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and sees regular performances by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera, in addition to a wide range of inspiring bands and performers across all genres of music.
Defined by an inter-disciplinary ethosOur courses take place at the crossroads of rigorous science-based enquiry and the creative and technical mastery of music technology. They are designed to provide a broad and deep background to music technology, to stimulate creativity, while equipping students with essential core skills to excel in a wide range of disciplines.
At the heart of a great universityThe Reid School of Music at Edinburgh College of Art has been ranked 7th in the UK for music in the Complete University Guide.
Work with leading technological and creative thinkersOur staff are world leaders in a wide range of musical areas including musical acoustics and music technology, composition, popular music and the digital arts.
Flexibility and focusOur flexible course structure range of Honours options means that you will have the opportunity to tailor a study programme to suit your own individual aims and interests, while gaining an in-depth education in the core skills of music technology.


Music Technology has advanced enormously in recent years. Underlying the ever-expanding range of creative possibilities is an increasing reliance on key ideas from the physical sciences and engineering. Our students are trained across major music technologies, with an emphasis on fundamental principles and the development of skills that will be applicable both now and over a lifetime of work in the field and beyond.

You will become part of a community of researchers and creative musicians with a broad view of the nature and scope of music. You will develop your core knowledge in a wide and complementary range of musical and scientific disciplines with the possibility to specialise in one or more areas of individual interest. The courses in Music Technology provide practical experience in bringing these varied disciplines together in a creative and technological context.

Who should study for the BMus in Music Technology?

Applicants to the BMus in Music Technology are expected to have a strong background in both music and science/mathematics, as well as a keen interest in technology and computer programming.

Why should you study Music Technology at Edinburgh?

The grounding we provide in core skills, alongside the opportunity to pursue an individual programme of study, is excellent preparation for further study or for a career in the music and media industries. The range of courses and possibilities for specialisation also provide a varied and transferable set of skills for life in an increasingly technological workplace. Key areas include computer programming, maths, critical analysis and writing, all of which are applicable in a wide range of fields.

Where art meets science

The Reid School of Music has longstanding relationships with the other arts disciplines at the University of Edinburgh. The School also has important connections with the physical sciences, engineering and informatics. This is most evident through the expertise, held by staff within Music, in computer programming (for both real- and non real-time applications), acoustics, hearing science, sound synthesis and audio effects processing. The availability of options in the Music subject area, including history, critical theory, and analysis provides further depth and context to the programme.

The varied coursework within the Music Technology programme reflects many of these technical interests, and includes computer programming assignments, mathematical problem sets, as well as numerous projects and coursework of a creative nature. There is also a strong music component, with students required to take several courses shared with our BMus in Music degree.

There is a wide range of studio and technical facilities, including a number of spaces for live recording and performance. There are also exciting possibilities for collaboration with students from the wider ECA community, in subjects such as film, animation, and digital arts.



The programme culminates with a major independent project in the final year, providing students with the opportunity to research and develop their own ideas. Upon graduation, students will be ready for a range of careers in the music and media industries, the music-related arts, education, or for further advanced study. The broad and deep range of transferable skills developed in areas such as computer programming, mathematics and analytical writing will also be attractive to employers in fields other than music.

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 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

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Email the Undergraduate Admissions Office:


Dr Michael Newton



Tel: +44 (0)131 650 5865

Facilities and resources

Six purpose-built, acoustically-treated music studios, with tie-lines to a shared recording space.

Recording equipment is available to students through BookIt, the online booking system.

On occasion the Reid School of Music loans audio equipment to outside organisations.

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

Information on the equipment available to students in the music studios and editing suites.

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

Located beneath Reid Concert Hall, this studio is built to record live performances in the venue.

Studio equipment and software tailored for music students to be able to record, edit, and experiment with their work.

The oldest purpose-built concert hall in Scotland, home to one of the most important historic musical instrument collections in the world.

Scholarships and bursaries

Access Awards

  • Deadline: Various deadlines
  • Eligibility: Based on criteria such as income, background and personal circumstances, and in some cases geographical area.

Eileen Cameron Music Prize

  • Deadline: No deadline: Awarded by nomination
  • Eligibility: Awarded to the final year student who has made the most outstanding contribution to the musical life of the faculty, the University of Edinburgh, or of the wider Edinburgh community.

Frederick Niecks Essay Prize

  • Value: Amount variable
  • Deadline: No deadline: Awarded by nomination
  • Eligibility: Open to any full-time undergraduate student in the Reid School of Music. Awarded to the best dissertation.

Gwen Clutterbuck & Leighton Scholarship

  • Value: £100 - £1000
  • Deadline: 19 Dec 2016 and 5 May 2017
  • Eligibility: Awarded to Music graduates, Music undergraduates who have passed the first examination, or for the BMus students for the purpose of travel and study abroad.

Hollins Organ Scholarship

  • Value: In the region of £500
  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: Open for award annually to matriculated students in Music. Preference will be given to an organist preparing for the diplomas of Associateship and Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists.

Ian Pitt Memorial Prize

  • Deadline: No deadline: Awarded by nomination
  • Eligibility: Intended to commemorate the life and work of Ian Pitt-Watson (MA 1947, BD 1950) and awarded to an undergraduate who, as a member of Edinburgh University Musical Society, demonstrates an aptitude in the development and conducting of a choral ensemble.

J.S. Anderson Organ prize

  • Value: £1,000
  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: For current full-time music students. Students wishing to enter the competition must present a programme of organ music lasting 35-40 minutes.

James Smart Memorial Organ Scholarship

  • Value: £1,000
  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: Awarded to the 2nd year Undergraduate in Music who shows the greatest promise and all-round ability in organ/piano performance.

Janet Buckley Memorial Prize

  • Deadline: No deadline: Awarded by nomination
  • Eligibility: Award for final year Music student dealing with 'Early Music before 1750'.

John Robert Mackey Scholarship

  • Value: £500 per annum
  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: Awarded on the basis of a competition to the first year undergraduate Music or Music Technology student who shows all-round excellence in piano performance.

Mrs Guthrie Watson Scholarship

  • Deadline: Closed on 30 May 2016
  • Eligibility: Awarded to the first year undergraduate in Music who achieves the best all-round academic performance in the May examinations.

Sir Thomas Beecham Scholarship

  • Deadline: Closed on 30 May 2016
  • Eligibility: Awarded annually, on the basis of the results of the end of year performance examinations, to the first year undergraduate in music who shows the greatest promise in instrumental performance (not including pianists and singers).

Sir Tovey Memorial Prize

  • Deadline: Deadline passed
  • Eligibility: Awarded annually on the basis of a competition to the undergraduate student in Music who shows the greatest promise in composition or in instrumental/vocal performance.


College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Office

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 3565