Music Technology - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
W350
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years)
Starting:
September 2018

Establish yourself as a skilled music technician through our Music Technology degree. This course is aimed at the technical music producer, and will train you to use technology to create, record and distribute music. We will provide 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.

What's covered in the course?

Our BSc (Hons) Music Technology was set up to meet the growing demand for people within the music and audio industries who are able to use technology to assist in the creation, performance and distribution of music.

We will train you to become the next generation of musically-informed engineers, with a strong understanding of underlying technical principles in order to make informed decisions about appropriate technologies.

You will analyse and critically evaluate live musical events and sound recordings, as well as music technology products, systems, processes and designs.

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.

"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!"Jason Rosehill, audio/visual producer for a film PR company


“The pool of lecturers is great at Birmingham City University and the knowledge from their previous industry experience is fantastic. The studios are great quality and with all new facilities it’s a great time to join.’’ Ben Parker, Promotions Executive at EMI Production Music


“The course gave me the opportunity to really hone my skills in recording live orchestras and more classical musicians than I would otherwise have had the opportunity to do.” Alastair Jamieson, owner / producer at Park Studios JQ, Birmingham.

Why Choose Us?

  • The course will prepare you for a range of technology-orientated career paths in the highly dynamic music technology environment.
  • Our graduates have successfully entered the music and audio industry across a wide range of destinations, from production, sound design and audio through to technical development, acoustic consultancy and education.
  • The BSc (Hons) Music Technology degree holds a unique position in UK higher education, drawing on the dual strengths of a cutting-edge technology institution and a premier Conservatoire.
  • You will have the option to undertake a sandwich year, providing you with valuable work experience.
  • Our Music Technology course was ranked 5th in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

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This course is open to International students

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

We are members of:

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This course is accredited by:

Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditor’s standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

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.

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

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2018/19
GCE A Level/ AS Level BBB at A Level or 120 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 120 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 120 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate Diploma

1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 15 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level)
AND
English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Irish Leaving Certificate B2,B2,B3,B3,B3 Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher BBB Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 120 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 2018/19
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).

1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 15 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level)
AND
English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

International Students

Entry requirements here

 

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 taster 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.

International Students

Entry requirements here

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

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £9,250 per year (excluding sandwich year) Apply via UCAS

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

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 3 years £12,000 per year

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 in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

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
 Register with UCAS
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 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

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.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement 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.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

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.

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Loans and Grants

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

Acoustic Fundamentals
20 credits

An understanding of acoustics is fundamental to a wider appreciation of sound technology. In this module you will gain an understanding of the physics of sound and how this specifically has an impact on musical instrument design. The module will develop your understanding of acoustic fundamentals and you will also develop methodologies for testing a range of musical instruments, employing applicable techniques to extract and analyse data.

The scientific nature of this module will allow you to have a deeper understanding of sound, human hearing mechanisms and musical instruments, underpinning later modules in recording and acoustics.

The tutorials in this module provide will develop your practical understanding of musical instrument acoustics underpinned by theoretical knowledge of acoustic fundamentals. After the first three weeks of theory-based classes, the module moves to a flipped curriculum where you will support practical activities in class with reading of theoretical texts. This allows you to see and hear acoustics in practice, supporting your experience with deeper scientific knowledge.

Sound Recording
20 credits

This module provides a base for you to develop key skills in recording and mixing, imperative for all fields of music technology and sound engineering. You will become familiar with the hybrid analogue mixing/digital recording studio environment and explore recording techniques and processes applicable to a wide range of acoustic and electric instruments. You will study analogue-based audio systems and processes and microphone technology. You will apply this knowledge through a series of studio based recordings.

The coursework assignment will develop your basic skills in studio recording. You will apply knowledge of microphone technology whilst managing simple recording projects. You will also be required to produce reports that support, evaluate, contextualise and critique submitted artefacts. The studio environment also provides a valuable opportunity for students to build and develop a wide range of additional skills and behaviours, highly relevant to employers within the industry.

Digital Audio Fundamentals
20 credits

To pursue a career in the field of either music technology or sound engineering, you will need to be proficient in the principles of digital audio.

Digital audio is embedded within the recording and production industry and the fundamental concepts of digital signals underpin many common applications essential to this fields.

In this module, you will learn about the nature of digital signals, the international standards for digital audio data and the common processes involved in the capture and processing of digital signals. Through the module you will develop strong skills in the standards for compression and distribution of digital audio signals and via a cross discipline approach. You will also discover common methods for computing and how valid these are for digital signal distribution.

You will also learn about the methods and international standards for analysis of digital signals via objective measures conducted within a laboratory environment, applying and exploring the international standards for perceptual audio measurement.

Skills from this module can be further applied within later studies in Digital Signal Processing (DSP), studio electronics, software development and research, thus providing you with transferable skills for employment in the wide field of music and sound technology.

Sequencing and Synthesis
20 credits

This module provides a base for you to develop key skills in sequencing and synthesis, imperative for all fields of music technology and sound engineering. This foundation will be built upon in year two and three modules. Working with Digital Audio Workstation-based music applications and processing, especially with respect to MIDI programming and sequencing, you will gain experience of control systems and processes.

This module also explores synthesis systems. You will explore themes including software orientation, synthesis processes, the building of software-based synthesis modules and the development of production techniques.

Music Studies
20 credits

This module is the first in the Music and Critical Studies theme of the degree programme. It provides the foundation for Music and Critical Studies in year two, as well as giving context to the Music Technology and Sound Recording theme of the degree. This module will help you to develop your musical awareness to give a context to recording work across a range of genres. The aural training work raises aural awareness, widening your musical appreciation, as well as providing a foundation for analysis of popular genres of music in year two.

You will have the opportunity to attend and review a range of concerts to develop interdisciplinary practice and support you to consider a full range of international styles, genres and artists.

Audio Electronics
20 credits

This module will develop your understanding of electronic fundamentals as applied to audio systems. Subject matter relates primarily to the analogue domain and will encourage you to develop your passion for the equipment found in the studios, learn how they sound and what makes them important during the recording, mixing and mastering process. Specific attention is applied to audio transducers, loudspeakers, microphones and headphones. This module provides a foundation for you to develop audio hardware design-related final year projects, employment and work placements. The module explores an essential part of being a good studio or live sound engineer and also relates to high-end audio reproduction systems found in A/V theatre and hi-fi listening rooms.

Year two

Sampling, Editing and Production
20 credits

This module will develop your skills in key applications. It provides the opportunity to explore sampling and editing to lay a foundation for recording and production work in the module which follows and advanced application of these techniques in year three.

You will record and edit sounds to make a library of related samples, using the recording techniques previously studied and the editing techniques explored in the module. You will then create a track demonstrating in a creative context the possibilities of the sample library that you have created.

Music and Critical Studies
20 credits

This module allows you to develop musicological, aural and performance analysis to support recording and production work in year two and beyond.

The module develops the musical and critical study elements of year one Music and Critical Studies to give further context to your recording work. It also lays a foundation for the year three modules by encouraging the development of musical and critical appreciation across a range of genres. The aural training work raises aural awareness of direct production issues.

Music and Audio Industries
20 credits

This module will allow you to gain an in-depth understanding of the global music and audio industries and how organisations have sought to adapt to technological change.

You will develop your appreciation of the global business environment through activities based on professional practice, supported by guest lectures and the opportunity for ongoing interaction with industry professionals via online forums.

Your skills in academic research and analysis will be enhanced through the sourcing, critical appraisal and integration of a range of credible secondary research material. These skills will underpin final year project based work.

Acoustic Applications
20 credits

This module will develop your understanding of psychoacoustics through critique and analysis of academic work. You will learn how to provide critical assessment of existing research work.

You will also gain a practical insight into acoustic consultancy by assessing through theory and practice. You will consider building, interior and environmental acoustics, utilising methods that are typical of industrial practice, developing skills that will be useful in your future career.

Through this module you will understand the factors involved in the development of a building project specifically from an acoustic standpoint, using calculation and testing to influence the final design.

Recording, Production and Delivery
20 credits

This module enables you to develop an individual recording portfolio based on your personal areas of interest whilst acquiring core techniques and skills in key applications.

You will develop an appreciation of professional workflows alongside contextualisation and critical reflection, developing the skills you will need for a career in music production.

The module provides the opportunity to explore editing, mixing and a range of recording techniques to lay the foundations for more advanced recording and production work at level 6.

Digital Signal Processing
20 credits

Digital technology is widely used throughout all stages of digital media processing, production, transmission, distribution and broadcasting activities. This module will provide you with application-based fundamental digital signal processing (DSP) knowledge and skills.

Year three

Multi-Channel Sound Production
20 credits

In this module you will explore production strategies that move beyond 2-channel stereo in terms of both pure audio and applied sound for visual media.

The module is inherently interdisciplinary, providing an opportunity to design professional-standard music, Foley, dialogue and fx recording work whilst developing high-level skills in surround sound and editing audio to picture. This incorporates a range of skills crucial to potential employment in audio, film, game and VR-related industries.

New interfaces for Musical Expression
20 credits

In this module, you will learn a variety of mapping and control strategies for interactive music systems including the use of machine learning, dimensionality reduction and signal processing. You will gain an overview of user experience and interaction design. You will cover the theoretical and practical aspects of controllers, interfaces and instruments for musical expression, and explore both hardware and software interface development. You will also learn about augmented and hyper-instrument design.

Through project-based activities, you will learn how to use sensors to gather data in real-time and map the features to musical parameters. You will explore the relationship between motion, gesture and music and discover new paradigms for music performance and installation.

Production and Mastering
20 credits

This module provides an opportunity to develop professional-standard recording work within your personal area of interest, assimilating all the skills acquired through the Sound Recording theme of the degree. You will acquire high-level skills in key areas such as mastering to facilitate sophisticated recording and production work.

The coursework assessment gives you the opportunity to develop your own professional-level production projects, including a single-artist EP and work supplied to multiple formats. The ability to work in this way is crucial for international employability. It provides an opportunity to demonstrate professional-standard recording and production work that has followed through from concept to production master.

Digital Audio Effects
20 credits

Digital Audio Effects (DAFx) continues from the Digital Signal Processing module in the previous year and will provide you with an applied understanding of the subject.

You will be given the chance to develop a range of audio processing techniques and will learn the basics of efficient real-time algorithm design. DAFx is a well-established area in audio engineering and provides you with the technical knowledge required to work in a wide range of disciplines. The module will cover linear and nonlinear systems, time and frequency domain processing algorithms, and will explore future generations of methods in the field such as adaptive, cross-adaptive and intelligent music production systems.

CEBE Undergraduate Project
40 credits

The purpose of this module is to enable you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and theoretically informed project exploring an area that is of personal interest to you. In conjunction with your supervisor, you will decide upon your topic which will take the form of a practical outcome with accompanying contextual material. The main consideration when choosing your topic is that it must be relevant to the programme you are studying and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.

At this level, you will be expected to work independently but you will receive additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area. As you progress on the module, extra support will be available and this may take the form of group seminars, workshops and online materials that will help in the development of your project.

Course Structure

The course combines practical, hands-on training with theoretical and academic understanding, giving you a holistic conception of music technology. The course caters for students who are looking to broaden their career prospects across a range of music technology-related industries. 

Attendance requirements

There are 30 attendance weeks in each academic year.

A typical week on this course will include 13 hours of contact time over four days, plus self study time.

This course is accredited by the following organisations:

Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditor’s standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

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

The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, ensuring it remains fresh and relevant, as well as boasting the best industry contacts.

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.

Enhancing Employability

Your experience at Birmingham City University will ensure you’ll graduate as a creative problem solver, with significant experience of professional industry-standard hardware, software and systems. You will leave with a global outlook, well-primed to engage with the technical and aesthetic issues that will challenge the music and audio industries in the globalised and technologically mediated world ahead.

The Module Industrial Mentors scheme supports the enhancement of graduate employability through on-going engagement with industry specialists throughout the course. This initiative is based on facilitating interactions between students and individuals working across the music technology and audio sector via module-based forums. This innovative approach allows you to explore specific subject areas with experienced professionals working in the field.

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

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, Focusrite and the Music Group.

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 programme have successfully entered the music and audio industry across a wide range of destinations, from production, sound design and audio post, through to technical development, acoustic consultancy and education. Some have progressed to postgraduate study, doctoral and post-doctoral research and academic careers.

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 and Dolby UK.

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.

Student stories Ewan Roycroft

Ewan Roycroft, a Music Technology (Bsc) student, was shortlisted in the 'Best Newcomer' category of The Student Radio Awards 2016. Ewan has had a huge impact at the University's Scratch Radio, setting up live broadcasts from Tamworth FC games and running the desk at BCUSU's weekly Open Mic night.

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:

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations for international students.

The first-class experience offered by universities are reflected in the world’s largest survey of international students. International students are more likely to recommend the UK than any other leading English-language study destination.

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 and Cisco Academy at Millennium Point 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.

Read Simon's full profile

Dr Roy Priest

Associate Professor

Roy is the Programme Leader for BSc Music Technology and BSc Sound Engineering and Production, and Director of Learning, Teaching and Employability within the School of Computing and Digital Technology.

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.

Read Roy's full profile

Islah Ali-MacLachlan

Senior Lecturer

With a background working as a product designer in the hi-fi industry and as a working musician over many years, Izzy specialises in the areas of live sound and acoustics. He is an in-demand live engineer and production manager, working with a number of festivals and events each year. He was instrumental in setting up the student-led Live Sound Society and firmly believes in students becoming more employable by gaining practical skills alongside their degree. Izzy’s research work is in the area of musical acoustics and he is developing tools to analyse differences in musicians’ playing styles. He is also Education Director for Shrewsbury Folk Festival, one of the top 5 events of its type in the UK, and regularly teaches folk instruments at other festivals.  

Read Islah's full profile

Robert Mclaughlin

Lecturer

Robert is a lecturer whose emphasis is on student engagement with industry and external partnership development. He is a Prince2 Practitioner whose area of teaching is industry contextualisation, business, marketing and the work environment. 

He writes for media focused, genre and technology websites and a semi-regular basis as a freelance copywriter specifically about new media and technology and has been used to providing commentary on media industry by journalists and local and national radio (Free Radio and Radio 1). 

His work has led to student opportunities for mentoring and industry guidance from external clients such as Sky Academy, Spotify, YouTube and ITV. 

He has worked on multiple industry focused projects which have included documentaries for Canadian Broadcasters, student competition judged by Hollywood directors and student driven multi-media projects curated from the creators of 2000AD. 

He is also the project coordinator for Creative Networks a monthly event that is designed to increase student engagement within their subject matter and to learn from external partners and practitioners. He also runs the BCU-Comic Lab and co-hosts the weekly DMT Podcast show. 

Read Robert's full profile

Yonghao Wang

Senior Lecturer

Currently working as a Senior Lecturer in Music Technology, Yonghao provides research and consultancy for Digital Music Processing, among others. Prior to this, he has worked with the University as a senior technologist and academic advisor, as well as working for Fujitsu Telecommunication Europe and Najing YiYuan Technology in China.

Yonghao currently teaches DSP and audio networking and is involved in research into high performance digital filters for audio ADC/DAC and Future Network for digital media.

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Dr Ian Williams

Associate Professor

Ian is an Associate Professor in the Centre of Digital Media Technology (DMT) and the subject lead for image and video technology in the DMT Lab. He is an expert in image analysis, Mixed and Augmented Reality (MR/AR), image texture analysis, 3D image processing and user interaction.

Ian delivers internationally recognised research by leading the Image and Mixed Reality group within the DMT Lab, and as subject lead, directs the module content for the level 4 module on Digital Audio Technology, the level 6 module on Digital Image Processing, the level 7 module on Research methods and the MSc Digital Broadcast Technology Projects. Supplementary to this academic delivery, Ian supervises PhD research in many fields of digital media technology and at present he is Director of Studies for four PhD students, all researching in areas of mixed reality, multidimensional image processing and interactive systems.

Ian joined the University in 2008, following a career as a communications engineer for the UK railway network and after successfully completing his PhD in Medical Image Processing.

Ian currently acts on the scientific and technical committee for the IEEE international symposium on Mixed and Augmented reality and is a reviewer for several international conferences and journals including, IEEE Signal Processing Letters, International Journal of Optics, IET Journal of Image Processing and Elsevier Journal of Computer Vision and Image Understanding.

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