MSc Sound Design

Postgraduate, Distance Learning

Sound Design MSc



This online masters degree is for audio professionals who wish to enhance their experience with industry relevant theory and practices

Overview

The degree is made up of three parts: taught classes, work-based learning, and a research project. All of these elements are designed to apply theory and advanced practice to enhance current approaches to sound design for linear and interactive media.

The MSc Sound Design is delivered over either 18 or 30 months on a part-time basis. All of the modules are delivered by distance learning. In addition, you will also develop a deep understanding of how to assess approaches of affecting audiences perceptions of linear and interactive media using sound design.

Emphasis is placed on cognisance with professional standards for the production and documentation of sound designs for linear and interactive media, and familiarity with a comprehensive set of methods of assessing listening experiences.

We encourage you to submit your application for September 2018 entry by 31 July 2018.

male student using music studio device

Mode of Study:

Distance Learning

Duration:

2 years

Start date:

SepJanMay


About you
Enter first name
*
Enter last name
*
*
*
*
*
*

Course details

In the first year, you will study Advanced Professional Practice (APP) for three trimesters. This allows you to tailor your learning needs to those of your organisation or the relevant industries.

During the first year, you will also study one module per trimester: Sound design for linear media, Listening and Sound design for interactive media. These modules will be taken in the order determined by the date of entry to the course.

Each module is independent of the others. One objective of the APP module is for you to apply immediately, in your practice, the knowledge gained from these three taught modules. After successful completion of the year, you will be eligible for a PG Dip Sound Design.

In the second year, you will complete your MSc dissertation in part-time mode, taking control of your studies to produce a substantial piece of focused academic research. Success in the dissertation module indicates an ability to work independently, so you are expected to take the initiative and manage your own project. In effect, you are undertaking independent research as an apprenticeship to an experienced academic supervisor.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    Within the first few weeks of the Advanced Professional Practice module, under the direction of your academic supervisor you will develop your own learning agreement, which defines the deliverables of this module. If you are an employee, you will do this in negotiation with your organisation.

    If you are freelance, you may either negotiate with key clients or discuss an equivalent with your supervisor. Your supervisor will mentor you throughout the three trimesters towards the achievement of the deliverables. You will provide a reflective journal on your learning.

  • note and pen Assessments 100% Coursework

Modules

Modules that you will study* as part of this course

Advanced Professional Practice ( SOC11107 )

Reflective practice – using different models and frameworks to maximise both personal and team performance

Career development through mentoring and subject specific skills development

Further information

Listening ( IMD11116 )

You will study the properties of sound, which are also known as acoustics. This includes vibration, waves and transmission. You will then progress to psychoacoustics, which relates to hearing, and includes: anatomy, mechanisms and processes.
Listening is then addressed in terms of: objects, music and language. Soundscapes, or the unique listening experience of a place, identity and memory are explored. Finally different approaches of Perceptual Audio Evaluation are considered, specifically: design, procedure and analysis.

Further information

Masters Dissertation ( SOC11101 )

The work for this module comprises the completion of an individual research project. Each student is assigned a personal Supervisor, and an Internal Examiner who monitors progress and feedback, inputs advice, examines the dissertation and takes the lead at the viva.

There are three preliminary deliverables prior to the submission of the final dissertation:

(1) Project proposal
(2) Initial Report including time plan and dissertation outline

Further information

Sound Design for Interactive Media ( IMD11118 )

You will begin by considering different types of interactive media, such as Auditory Displays, Video Games, and Sound Art, and their evolution and patterns of use over recent decades. Interactive media production methods are then surveyed, which include: requirements gathering, dialogue editing, dialogue recording, location recording, foley, sound editing, sampling and synthesis, programming and testing. Strategies for planning are examined, incorporating: event mapping, actions (triggers, cues, events), emotions, duration, variation and interactivity. Finally approaches to implementing sound design are reviewed, which comprises: palette, mix, elements, parameters, memory/stream management, geometry, and environments.

Further information

Sound Design for Linear Media ( IMD11117 )

You will begin by considering different types of linear media: Theatre, Radio, Audio Books, Film and Television. Linear media production methods are then surveyed, which include: production sound, dialogue editing, automated dialogue recording, location recording, Foley, rerecording/dubbing, sound editing, sampling and synthesis. Strategies for script analysis are examined, incorporating: explicit sounds, environments, emotions, transitions and sound maps. Finally approaches to affecting an audience’s perceptions are reviewed, which comprise: sound imagery, qualities, listening modes, expression of emotional states and sound personality types.

Further information

* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements 

Students accessing this programme will normally possess an Honours degree and have three years experience working as an audio professional, for any form of media.  

Candidates with Ordinary degrees or non-degree level professional qualifications will be considered on the basis of equivalence to the normal requirement (for example five to ten years of relevant professional experience)

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

School of Computing

The School of Computing will equip you for the future in a fast-changing and fascinating sector. From networking to cybercrime, sound design to web development, we offer accredited courses taught by industry experts in labs that feature cutting-edge kit.

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Home/EU-Taught modules *£890 tba
Overseas-Taught modules *£1,950 tba
Home/EU-Dissertation module £530 tba
Overseas Dissertation £1,300 tba
Home/EU Full MSc cost £5,870 tba
Overseas Full MSc cost £13,000 tba


Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
This course comprises of 180 credits from taught modules and a dissertation. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.
Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

  • Audio Programmer
  • Boom Operator
  • Dialogue Editor
  • Dubbing/Rerecording Mixer
  • Foley Artist
  • Production Sound Mixer
  • Sound Archivist/Cataloguer/Librarian
  • Sound Artist
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Editor
  • Sound Engineer
  • Sound Lecturer
  • Sound Recordist
  • Sound Technician
  • UX designer
Close up of audio recording and mixing equipment