MSc Audio Production

University of Salford

Program Description

MSc Audio Production

University of Salford

In Brief:

  • Benefit from access to a range of state-of-the-art facilities at both our MediaCityUK and main campus including leading edge recording studios, audio technology suite, audio post-production suite, anechoic chamber and listening room
  • Enjoy excellent job prospects in a growing field
  • Tap into the expertise of world-class audio-engineering and acoustics researchers - here at Salford we have been carrying out acoustics and audio research for over 30 years, and our research department is a Centre of Excellence for BBC research
  • Part-time study option
  • Based at MediaCityUK
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

On this course, you’ll gain practical, theoretical and creative experience in sound engineering, music production, and audio technology.

Based at our state-of-the-art MediaCityUK campus, you’ll explore the design, manipulation, and production of audio across many platforms using our leading-edge audio-post recording, radio, and TV studios to study a mix of sound engineering and theory modules.

The aim of the course is to develop the skills that you’ll need to create and deliver professional audio, whilst underpinning these skills with a sound theoretical background.

Course Details

This course entails both practical based and theory modules. The modules are delivered in the recording studios, the audio technology suite, audio post-production suite and lecture theatres.

For the full-time study option:

Semester 1

  • Audio Production (15 credits)
  • Audio Post Production (15 credits)
  • Emerging Technologies and Digital Culture (15 credits)
  • Audio Theory (15 credits)

Semester 2

  • Spatial Audio (15 credits)
  • Recording Studio Design (15 credits)
  • Sound Synthesis (15 credits)
  • Reseach Methods(15 credits)

Semester 3

  • Project (60 credits)

If the course is studied on a part-time basis, only two modules per semester are undertaken.

Entry Requirements

A second class honors degree that must contain significant elements of audio technology or production.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 6.0 band score (with no element below 5.5) or above are proof of this.

Applicant Profile

We are looking for sound engineering/music technology students with a keen interest in the subject area. Students will require skill in both the operational and theoretical side of audio production.

Suitable for

Graduates from courses that feature large elements of audio engineering and production. Please note that this is not a conversion course – we expect students to have prior experience of recording-studio practice.

Fees 2018-19

  • Full-time: £6,390
  • Part-time: £1,065 per 30 credit module
  • Full-time International: £12,600 per year

Additional Costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


Teaching and learning involve a mix of lectures and practical sound engineering work, involving individual and group learning, There is an emphasis on motivated self-study.


Assessment involves a mixture of practical work, report writing, and project work. By the end of the course, you will have built up a substantial portfolio of audio, video and new media work.

Assessment is approximately divided across the course as follows:

  • Practical work (30%)
  • Report/assignment (35%)
  • Presentation (5%)
  • Dissertation - that may entail practical elements (30%)


The wide range of skills provided in this course will enhance your employability. Possible career paths include audio manufacturer research and design, a broadcast engineer in audio for radio or TV, audio and visual design and installation, education, interactive media and sonic arts.

Possible career paths include:

  • Audio manufacturer research and design
  • Broadcast engineer in audio for radio or TV
  • Recording studio, live sound engineer, music production
  • Music technology retail
  • Theatre or film audio engineer
  • Musical instrument technology
  • Audio and visual design and installation
  • Education
  • Interactive Media
  • Sonic arts

Alumni Profile

Recent graduates from the Audio Production masters have found careers in audio post-production, freelance sound engineering, convergent technologies (audio, video and new media) and broadcast and have been employed by companies such as BBC, Sky TV and Channel 4.

Links with Industry

The staff has strong links with industry either through collaborative R&D projects with industry through the Acoustics Research Centre and our commercial test laboratories.Our research department is a Centre of Excellence for BBC research.

Further Study

Some students could go on to study a Ph.D. at our world-class Acoustics Research Centre. We have been carrying out acoustics and audio research for over 30 years. Our research is funded by research councils, government bodies, and industry. It has fed into audio products that companies make and sell worldwide, as well as regulations and standards used in the UK, Europe and beyond. We are also involved in public engagement - making more people aware of and interested in acoustic science and engineering.


This degree is based in MediaCityUK, the new home for the BBC, ITV, Coronation Street and parts of the University of Salford. MediaCityUK is located at Salford Quays on the banks of Manchester's historic ship canal. The University has the first four floors of a new, purpose-built facility that looks over the water to The Lowry Theatre, Imperial War Museum North and the new Coronation Street set. ITV occupy the floors above us, with the three BBC buildings on one side of us and Peel Media Studios on the other.

A number of BBC departments are based at MediaCityUK having moved from London including BBC Breakfast, BBC Children's, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Future Media and Technology, BBC Learning, BBC Sport and BBC Academy. All of the BBC Manchester operations have also moved to MediaCityUK, including BBC Religion and Ethics, Current Affairs and the BBC Philharmonic.

Here is a summary of our relevant facilities at MediaCityUK:

  • Audio Post Production and Audio Suite - Mac-based suites that run a range of audio software, including Pro Tools, Reason, Cubase, and Reaktor. The Post Production suite has a Digidesign Icon D-command desk running Pro Tools.
  • TV Studios - full professional specification studios. Studio A has separate vision and audio control rooms. Studio B allows for a full 3D virtual studio.
  • Radio Studios - two radio studios, including a small studio space.
  • Computer Suites - a range of Mac and PC based computer rooms for general computer work.
  • On the main campus, we also have a Pro Tools-equipped studio recording complex consisting of four control rooms and recording areas. Please see this brochure for more detailed information.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 11, 2018
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