Music Technology - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
W350
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years)
Starting:
September 2016, September 2017

Develop and establish yourself as a music technician through our accredited Music Technology degree. Recognised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology as a programme of excellence this course is aimed toward the technical music producer, skilfully training you in the use of technology to create, record and distribute music.We will challenge you, providing you with industry connections, live projects and a wide, in-depth knowledge of the field.

You’ll leave with a valuable blend of creative ability and practical skills in music production, alongside solid business awareness and a strong understanding of technology.

New for 2017/18

Music Technology

If you’re looking to start this course in 2017, it's important to know that the content and structure are undergoing a substantial review and are likely to be different to what is outlined here. We’ll publish more detailed information about the changes over the next few months. If you’re starting in 2016, the course content/structure won’t be affected by the review.

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What's covered in the course?

Our BSc (Hons) Music Technology programme uniquely combines a significant grounding in technology, with musical accolades normally associated with a Conservatoire education. We are focused on teaching you the underpinning technology and techniques associated with music technology. Embracing your creative skill and ingenuity you will develop as a professional within the field of music technology.

The course draws upon the dual strengths of a specialist cutting-edge faculty, with expertise from both the School of Computing and Digital Technology and the Birmingham Conservatoire. Throughout the course there are various chances to interact with industry professionals, through guest lectures and masterclasses; exploring areas such as studio production and mastering.

Exploring a wealth of creative ideas and techniques, we will encourage you to think innovatively and respond to the needs of industry. Employability is a key factor incorporated within the course, and we are dedicated to providing you with the skills and knowledge to jump right into a creative role. With five themes running throughout this course you will be offered the chance to explore different routes within the music production industry.

The Industry and Interactive theme offers you the chance to develop an understanding of the business and financial frameworks of both the music and audio industries. You will develop your project management and entrepreneurship skills, establishing an understanding of audio and control systems for live music performance.

Through the Music and Critical Studies theme you will focus upon developing your critical analysis skill. Exploring musical styles and the changing relationships of performers, composers and listeners. The Digital Systems and Project theme will teach you the fundamentals of signals, sound and synthesis. In addition to this you will train in data transfer networks in an audio context, DSP for music applications, interactive, generative and algorithmic music.

The Acoustics and Audio electronics theme is designed to concentrate on digital circuitry, filters and signal generating circuits. You will explore the principles of the operation of audio equipment, examining the acoustics of instruments, studios and auditoria. Finally, the Sound Recording theme explores recording techniques, microphone techniques and project management skills.

The practical-based assignments were always something I was looking forward to taking part in, and one of the main attractions of the course. The recording assignments put you in the driving seat of a producer within a professional studio environment. Jason Rosehill

Why Choose Us?

  • Run jointly by the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and The Built Environment and Birmingham Conservatoire, BSc Music Technology develops creative, practical and technical skills in music production.
  • The School of Digital Media Technology is equipped with over 1,200 sq m of dedicated equipment, including two film/television studios, four multi-track recording studios, post-production facilities, and several hundred multimedia stations, with further expansion planned.
  • Birmingham Conservatoire is recognised by the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC) and all Conservatoire tutors are professional musicians; all are active composers, producers or performers.  
  • As a School we have an expert team of staff, with close industry links putting you in prime position to take advantage of industrial placements, real-life projects and career opportunities.
  • The School has a Live Sound Student Society, where you can engage with others who share the same passions and interests. In the past students within this society have received opportunities to work at festivals, and to gain hands-on experience.
  • Practical synthesis, sampling, editing, mixing, mastering and delivery techniques are explored across a range of hardware and software systems as production skills are developed. As a training centre for Pro Tools software, it is possible to gain these accreditations alongside your degree programme.
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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Focusrite
  • Audient
  • The Music Group
  • Universal
  • BBC

And in jobs such as:

  • Acoustic Design Manager

This course is accredited by:

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics.Equivalent qualifications will be accepted.

You must have GCSE Music at grade C or above, Music Theory grade 5, or proficiency of performance on one instrument equivalent to ABRSM or RockSchool Grade 5.

300 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2016/17
GCE A Level/ AS Level BBC at A Level or 300 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels including at least one from a Science, Technology, Mathematics or Computing subject.
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including with a minimum of 12 credits achieved from any Technology units awarded at Merit or Distinction
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 300 UCAS points
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DDM grades. Computing/Engineering is preferred.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 300 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate 300 UCAS points - Higher Levels
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher 300 UCAS points
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 300 UCAS points
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2016/17
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 29 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

 

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

Additional Requirements

As part of the application process you will be invited to attend an applicant visit day where you will undertake a short one-to-one interview with an academic member of staff. This is your chance to show us how passionate you are about the subject and it will help us make a decision on your application.

This will provide you with more information about the Faculty and your course. In addition, it will give you a chance to meet and our staff and students to gain a better understanding of what it is like to be a student here.

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for 2016/17, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.

To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:

300 points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBB or above)
or
predicted DDM profile at BTEC level

You will also be required to attend an interview.

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
Sep 2017 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £12,000 per year
Sep 2017 FT 3 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
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Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

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This course is not available part-time

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Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

The course is delivered as a three year full-time programme, with the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement year – which will increase your course duration to four years.

During your first year of study you will discover and develop and understanding of the skills and knowledge of music technology. Exploring topics and establishing skills which are valuable in a multitude of music-based professions, such as music editing, music education, sound engineering and music production. Through a series of modules you will develop an understanding of five main themes, including industry and interactivity, music and critical studies, digital systems and projects, acoustics and audio electronics as well as exploring the basic foundations of sound recording.

The first year of your programme is designed to provide you with the basic knowledge to develop your own personal flair and original interests within the field. Assessments will be practice-based, mainly through coursework, with some written exams. You will investigate the music and audio industries, learning and understanding how practices are adapting to new technologies and demands. You will also have the chance to design and manufacture your own instrument.

Music and Audio Industries
15 credits

The music and audio industries module introduces you to various aspects of the field. Exploring how both industries are evolving in the face of new technologies. This module allows you to develop a wide range of transferable and marketable skills and knowledge relevant to employment opportunities within the music and associated industries.

Music and Critical Studies
15 credits

Your first year music and critical studies module will introduce you to the art of critical analysis. The module looks at western classical music with a particular focus on 20th century work, together with extended aural training.

Digital Audio Technology
30 credits

Through the digital audio technology module you will be introduced to the fundamental principles of audio waveforms and digitisation, including the capture, processing and compression of digital data. This module is designed to help you formulate the basic knowledge and skill required as a music technician.

Audio Electronics
15 credits

Within the audio electronics module you will establish and develop an understanding of electrical signals and components. In addition to this you will learn the terms used in specifications of professional audio equipment found in studios and other commercially available systems.

Musical Instrument Acoustics
15 credits

This module is designed to allow you to gain a detailed insight into the specific aspects of musical instruments, as well as their materials, design and manufacture. Using a range of testing and analysis methods, you will develop a greater understanding of wave propagation, applying this to the recording process. You will then be expected to design and manufacture an instrument.

Music Technology and Sound Recording
30 credits

This module is designed to provide you with the training and knowledge of a variety of production and sound engineering techniques. The information and topics covered within this module act build the foundations for a range of projects, which you shall explore in later modules.

Year two

Your second year of study is designed to help you explore in greater depth the practical aspects of music technology, complemented with theoretical study. Your modules will aid you in developing your professional self, with the exploration of production management techniques, employability and entrepreneurship. You will develop transferable skills, which you will be able to confidently apply to a wide range of roles once you have graduated.

During your second year you will look further into the study of music and critical studies, helping you to establish an in-depth knowledge of the music and audio industries. You will look at popular music and the acquisition of music from non-western cultures, widening your skills-palette. In addition to this you will gain an understanding of communication of digital audio data. Exploring devices and over networks, you will also explore digital signal processing techniques, specifically for signal manipulation.

In short, you will develop a wide and specialist knowledge of audio production skills, furthering your own personal and professional talents, allowing you to develop as a creative professional. The second year of study will help prepare you either for your final year of study. You will also be encouraged to undertake a placement year, in which you will receive the necessary support, advice and guidance.

Employability, Projects and Management
15 credits

This second year module explores production management techniques, employability and entrepreneurship in the context of the media industry. This module will help you to develop transferable skills, and knowledge which will not only benefit you in your final year, but in a wider professional context.

Music and Critical Studies (2)
15 credits

The second year music and critical studies module builds upon the knowledge you discovered during your first year of study. The module explores popular music from 1900 to the present day, with an emphasis on the acquisition of music from non-western cultures. It also develops aural skills within this context, with an emphasis on reverse production in the latter stages.

Digital Signal Processing
30 credits

Your second year digital signal processing module will help you to establish and develop an understanding of communication of digital audio data between devices and over networks. You will develop an in-depth knowledge of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) techniques for music signal manipulation.

Audio Systems
30 credits

The audio systems module expands upon sound production and engineering modules to further enhance your technical knowledge of audio equipment. The module is designed to tie together the science and practical application of audio systems.

Music Technology and Sound Recording
30 credits

The music technology and sound recording module is designed to provide you with the training and knowledge of a variety of production and sound engineering techniques. Similar to your first year module (Music, Technology and Sound Recording) you will explore techniques and skill which are applicable to a range of contexts.

Year three

During your final year of study you will undertake deeper levels of technical research within your work; increasing your scope and skill through the module ‘Technology Project’. Your final year research project paves the way for graduates who wish to take on further study, allowing you to undertake a substantial piece of work to showcase your research capabilities.

Through the development of the Music and Critical studies skills you have learnt throughout the programme you will implement the principles and practice of music production in film. You will be presented with the opportunity to explore an area borne out of the course, allowing you to focus on this in more depth.

You will have the chance to produce a project which includes a practical output that could be related to electronics, sound production or other aspects that you have learnt throughout the course. With an emphasis on research and articulation of the results you will be expected to demonstrate the knowledge and skill you have gained throughout the duration of the programme. You will acquire high-level skills in music technology and sound recording, with a wide knowledge of all aspects of the field.

Interactive Music Systems
15 credits

Your final year interactive music systems module explores and defines the application of generative algorithms controlling musical processes and enabling for user/performer interaction. You will be expected to apply theory in the context of live sequencing and contemporary DJ performance. You will develop an in-depth knowledge of industry-standard interactive music systems.

Music and Sound for Visual Media
15 credits

Building on the principles of recording and production, this module explores the technologies and processes involved in the creation of music and sound for visual media, such as TV, films and video games. You will develop your skill and creativity, allowing you to become versatile and respond to the needs of the industry, setting you apart from others within your field.

Technology Project
45 credits

The final year project provides an opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge and skills in a specialist area relevant to the course. You will be expected to demonstrate your ability to manage activities and resources to solve problems, to generate, implement and report on solutions. You shall demonstrate this through the production of an academic paper and possible artefact. 

Acoustic Engineering
15 credits

With an emphasis upon practical applications of acoustic theory this module explores how the science of acoustic can be implemented in real world situations. You will explore the application of scientific principles to noise control, measurement, and the design of acoustic spaces. There will also be some development of the role of acoustics outside of enclosed environments, such as at outdoor music festivals.

Music Technology and Sound Recording
30 credits

Your final year music technology and sound recording module provides you with the opportunity to develop professional-standard recording work. You will be encouraged to work within your own personal area of interest, assimilating all the skills acquired through the degree. You will acquire high-level skills in key areas such as surround and mastering to facilitate sophisticated recording and production work.

Course Structure

The course is unique in higher education as it combines a significant grounding in technology with musical accolades that are normally associated with a Conservatoire education.

In recent years, Music Technology students have been awarded Outstanding Achievement Prizes within the School.

There are five themes running through this full-time only course, all of which offer students a different perspective on the music production industry.

The industry and interactive component gives students an understanding of the music and audio industries, developing skills for project management and entrepreneurship. An understanding of audio and control systems for live music performance is explored in the final year.

The digital systems and project theme develops an understanding of signals, sound and synthesis, before moving on to data transfer networks in an audio context, DSP for music applications, interactive, generative and algorithmic music.

Those working on the acoustics and audio electronics theme explore digital circuitry, filters and signal generating circuits. The principles of the operation of audio equipment, the acoustics of instruments, studios and auditoria are also studied.

Sound recording covers recording techniques, microphone techniques and project management skills, while music and critical studies develops critical analysis skills. Students explore a wide range of music styles, focusing on the changing relationships of performers, composers and listeners. This component of the course feeds into the principles and practice of music production in film.

While on the course, students are encouraged to take a work placement year. Employers are very positive about our students and the number of Music Technology students undertaking placements has increased.

Projects and events

Our students get to work in a team to develop a live music festival concept, with the guidance and experience of guest lectures.

Trips and Visits

Birmingham City University is located at the heart of the West Midlands, with a rich, vibrant music scene. With live venues from intimate jazz bars to rock venues, from festivals such as Moseley Folk Festival to world renowned Symphony Hall there are plenty of chances for you to gain hands-on experience! As a student within the school you will be able to enjoy professional-quality resources and access to highly accomplished musicians from genres including classical, folk, jazz, rock and electro.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be presented with several chances to gain hands-on industry experience, through musical festivals, events and much more. As a Music Technology student you will receive the opportunity to undertake trips through the Live Sound Society.

The Live Sound Society

The Live Sound Society is an extra-curricular student society developed to offer students practical employability skills. The Live Sound society offers sound reinforcement and production for music and corporate events. This is sometimes backed up with videography. Over the last seven years there has been a steady increase in the number of events and this year, students will engineer around 10 festivals and 20 other concerts. These vary in size from the third stage at Shrewsbury Folk Festival and the Real Ale stage at Acoustic Festival of Britain with around 1000 audience and a stage at Valefest, the “largest student-run festival in the UK”, to smaller pub beer garden festivals. Each requires client liaison skills and the ability to plan, set up and operate sound and lighting systems in often high pressure environments.

To reinforce these skills, students have also organised trips to trade shoes including PLASA Focus and to manufacturers like Midas, a leading mixing desk manufacturer, for specialist training. 

Creative Networks

In addition to this the School of Digital Media Technology hosts a monthly networking event for creative professionals: Creative Networks. The event is a collaboration between screen-based and sound media industries across the West Midlands and regularly attracts 100 to 200 attendees, providing an excellent opportunity for meeting professionals from across the region.

Teaching breakdown

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Assessment breakdown

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Student stories

Laura Mackie reflects on her experience on the BSc (Hons) Music Technology course as she celebrates her graduation.

This course is accredited by the following organisations:

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - full IEng

This programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, an internationally respected benchmark. We have been recognised as an institution which provides ideal preparation for aspiring professional engineers.

With our industry links, our fantastic team of staff alongside world-class facilities we are committed to providing you the best training possible. We are a quality provider of provider of engineering education, our accreditation ensures that we continually improve and develop the programme in response to good practice and industry need.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

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Further Study

The University has a range of either taught (MSc) or research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programmes. Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website.

Student stories Ben Parker

After attending an open day and undertaking a tour of the campus, Ben Parker decided to apply to study BSc (Hons) Music Technology at Birmingham City University. He now works in London as a Junior Promotions Executive at EMI Production Music, a subdivision of Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Enhancing Employability

As you move through the course you will discover and refine a portfolio of practice which best suits your motivations and aspirations.  Through this you will develop as a creative individual, equipped not only for a career in music technology, but with transferable skills to benefit a whole range of professional contexts. 

When you finish this course, you will be fully prepared for employment in this dynamic sector. The programme will support you to develop a firm scientific understanding of the technology employed in this fast-evolving business. You will graduate with in-depth knowledge of the creative practices in both the audio and music industries.

You will establish an understanding of business principles that will inform and augment your creative abilities and practical skills in music production. Our graduates have successfully pursued a variety of careers within the creative sectors.

You will develop the skill and knowledge required for you to venture into employment within the recording industry; broadcasting, mixing, production, sound editing, live sound, location recording and dubbing. You will also have the ability, talent and knowledge to take on roles within the film industry, such as: education, journalism, sound design, soundtrack creation, special effects, music distribution and promotion within the multimedia sector.

You will also develop the requisite knowledge and research skills to undertake further study either within Birmingham City University or further afield. We will help you in developing a professional, creative portfolio, with the confidence to take on the exciting and illustrious creative industries.

In this video, students and graduates as well as the course director Roy Priest describe how this course will help you to get a job with a reputable company after you graduate.

Graduate Profiles

Jason Rosehill

Course : BSc (Hons) Music Technology
Audio/Visual Producer for a film PR company
"It's a wonderful job - quite honestly something I never thought I would be doing at this stage - and I get to work with some fantastic people, see plenty of movies, binge on Pro Tools and meet celebrities!"

Placements

The Music Technology course offers you the chance to take a ‘sandwich’ year, in which you can undertake an industrial placement. This industrial placement year will help you to build relationships with employers and further your industry knowledge. This takes place after the second year of study and extends the course duration to four years.

There are a wide range of potential placements that you may pursue such as working in recording studios, record companies, in professional audio and theatres. There are also various opportunities to pick up valuable work experience in areas such as live sound.

As well as providing relevant workplace experience that is sought by many employers, a placement provides an invaluable opportunity for you to develop your practical expertise, earn money and try out a potential career path. Our placements team will support you throughout the placements process; in the past students have undertaken placements at reputable companies such as Dolby UK.

Full details can be found on the School placements page.

Here is a short video showing the kind of work placement experience you could enjoy as part of your Music Technology degree:

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

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BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

Graduates of the BSc (Hons) Music Technology course have gone on to work at a variety of institutions and organisations within the creative industries. Typical roles undertaken by our graduates include: assistant studio engineer, DSP engineer, music technician, junior audio designer, audio dubbing engineer and many more.

We are extremely proud of our graduates who are now employed in companies such as More Radio Ltd and Soundcloud, taking on exciting roles such as Systems Producer and Community Manager. Other graduates from the school have gone onto work for companies including:

  • Universal Music
  • EMI Music
  • Dolby UK
  • Audient
  • Prism Sound
  • The Music Group
  • Wavelength StageCo Event Management
  • West Yorkshire Playhouse Theatre
  • Talkback Thames
  • BBC Big Screen
  • BBC Cardiff and An Ideal World (California)

Notable alumni include Ben Parker, who now works in London as a Junior Promotions Executive at EMI Production Music, a subdivision of Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Jason Rosehill landed a role as an Audio/Visual Producer for a film PR company just two months after graduating. He has worked to produce audio and video press kits for films released in the UK, working with reputable companies such as Disney, Universal, Icon, Fox and Sony.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
UK
Australia
Canada
NZ
US
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Rishabh Agarwal is now a Sound Engineer at Famous Studios in Mumbai. He tells us how his course has helped him succeed in his career.

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

Here at Birmingham City University, the School of Computing and Digital Technology is equipped with a multitude of professional, dedicated equipment. With world-class facilities including: two film and television studios, four multi-track recording studios, post-production facilities, and several hundred multimedia stations.

We have cutting edge facilities available to support the course and research that goes on in the School, including the purpose-built Media Centre at The Parkside Building, DMT Lab, Cisco Academy and Recording studios and concert halls at Birmingham Conservatoire. We also have several PC and Apple Mac computing suites with the latest industry standard applications and tools for audio, video and multimedia application development and content creation.

As a student of the School of Computing and Digital Technology you will be able to take advantage of a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art technology and equipment to prepare you for working within industry. Our four fully digital, interconnected TV studios can be used within a variety of contexts, including audio-recording. Alongside this with have several broadcast-standard edit and dubbing suites.

As the programme is taught in partnership with the Birmingham Conservatoire you will have access to a wide-range of musical facilities including six studios, a Recital Hall and the 520-seat auditorium Adrian Boult Hall. We have a range of studios, mix rooms, recording spaces and a vast range of recording equipment ready for you to use.

Film and television

You will have access to four fully digital, interconnected TV studios, along with broadcast-standard edit and dubbing suites.

Multimedia

An Apple Mac sound lab, electronics and fully equipped multimedia labs are all part of the technology and multimedia experience on offer.

Birmingham Conservatoire

Facilities and partner venues at the Conservatoire including six studios, a Recital Hall and the 520-seat auditorium Adrian Boult Hall.

Sound and music

Discover the full range of studios, mix rooms, recording spaces and a vast range of recording equipment.

Simon Hall

Head of Music Technology

Simon's musical interests are wide-ranging, which is reflected in his variety of work. He is an active composer, producer, recording engineer and bass trombone player as well as educator.

He has worked across a range of genres in a range of capacities, with artists as diverse as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pierre Boulez, Louis Andriessen and Heiner Goebbels to Johnny Mathis, Barry Manilow and Jamelia; and organisations ranging from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the BBC Big Band, to the Royal Shakespeare Company and Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre.

Roy Priest

Programme Leader, Sound Technology & Director of Recruitment, School of Digital Media Technology

Roy is Director of Recruitment for the School of Digital Media Technology, Programme Leader for Sound Technology and currently runs two courses; BSc Music Technology and BSc Sound Engineering & Production.

Prior to working in higher education, Roy was involved in various aspects of the music industry, as a professional musician and also working in artist management and legal and business affairs.

Islah Ali-MacLachlan

Senior Lecturer

Islah is a Senior Lecturer and Course Director of Sound and Multimedia Technology BSc (Hons), lecturing across a broad range of subject areas including production, live sound engineering and musical instrument design. His research covers the use of signal analysis techniques applied to musical playing styles.

Robert Mclaughlin

Lecturer

Rob was originally employed here at TEE for short course delivery with the initial post being as a Business Support Analyst which involved the commercial activities of the centre which included the monthly Creative Networks event, the Media Vault Project and the Market Maker.

Prior to working here, Rob worked for UHB NHS Trust as a Marketing and Communications Officer, as a Design Sub Editor for Trinity Mirror, as a Marketing Manager for a Web and Technology company as well as working freelance as a copywriter for numerous publications and marketing campaigns for a variety of companies and campaigns.

Yonghao Wang

Senior Lecturer

April 2009 – present Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Music Technology, Digital Music Processing and Digital Signal processing. Provide research and consultancy for DSP and computer system of audio/music, Embedded Linux and open source architecture and software.

Sep 2005 – April 2009: Senior Technologist and Lecturer in Computer networking, Computer Security system, DSP for Music Technology. Course director for MSc Telecommunication Systems.

Oct 2002 - Aug 2005: Birmingham City University - Technologist/Academic Advisor, Assistant teaching Embedded Systems, C/Java programming and Computer Networking.

July 2001- July 2002:    R&D in Fujitsu Telecommunication Europe Ltd. Embedded Linux, boot loader.

Sep 1999-Aug 2000:    IT manager for Nanjing YiYuan Technology Ltd. China.

Dr Ian Williams

Senior Lecturer, Subject Leader in Image Technology

Ian is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Digital Media Technology (DMT), alongside being an active member of the DMT Research Group. He is an expert in image analysis, software development and pattern recognition. Prior to his career in academia Ian spent 10 years working as a radio signalling engineer dealing with the day-to-day maintenance and development of safety critical radio telecommunications within the UK rail network.

Ian joined the University in 2008 after obtaining his PhD in Image Processing from Manchester Metropolitan University. His PhD research focused on histological image segmentation, where the problematic edge segmentation of stained histological images was of specific concern. His work improved this segmentation through the application of a novel multiple-scale statistical edge detection technique which improved the results offered from the existing standard edge detection methods.

Since joining Birmingham City University in 2008, Ian has lead several research projects involving novel methods of image segmentation, pattern recognition and object image analysis.

Ian currently supervises five PhD students within the DMT School and acts as a reviewer for the IET Journal of Image Processing.

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