Music Production & Sound Engineering

3 YEARS | BA (Hons) Undergraduate Degree

UCAS CODES Course Code: 85F3 Institution Code: P63


This Music Production and Sound Engineering degree is aimed primarily at people who see themselves as producers or engineers and want to focus on studio based production.

During the course you will gain a deep understanding of working in a studio environment, including listening skills, mixing and remixing, mastering, acoustics, psychoacoustics and much more, providing you with an advanced skill set in recording and music production techniques.

Graduates of this degree leave with advanced practical and theoretical knowledge of studio recording, music production and project management techniques, developing essential grounding in the core principles vital for a successful career in music production and sound engineering.

In addition you will have access to a substantial Guest Lecture Programme throughout the 3 years with topics ranging from demonstration and instruction in new technology to personal viewpoints and techniques from experienced professional practitioners.


+ YEAR 1

Skills & Project Workshops:

  • Recording
  • Mixing
  • Mastering
  • Acoustics
  • Effects Processing
  • Synthesis
  • Sampling


  • Studio Recording
  • Production Aesthetics
  • Production Analysis
  • Industry & Development
  • Technical Exploration
  • Technical Enhancement

+ YEAR 2

Skills & Project Workshops:

  • Creative Recording
  • Studio Workflow
  • Hardware Production
  • Advanced Recording
  • Advanced Mixing
  • Advanced Mastering
  • Advanced Acoustics


  • Creative Studio Practice
  • Advanced Mixing
  • Advanced Production
  • Project Evolution
  • Research & Define

+ YEAR 3


  • Innovation in Production
  • Product Design
  • Product Delivery
  • Honours Project


All dBs centres are based on the principals of providing the very best, our centres boast fully equipped studios, huge live rooms, Foley studios, Surround Sound suites and lecture theatre/screening rooms. Whether it’s our classic mixing desks, the very latest software plug-ins or our mountain of hardware, you are guaranteed to get your hands on practical experience on the very best industry standard gear. In addition, our Bristol HE Centre is the only education facility in the UK to house an API 1608 Recording Console - this means that our students are the only UK students that can qualify for the API Visionary Scholarship Program. 


You will learn from tutors who are actively working in the industry: producers, composers, sound engineers and musicians.

The course also benefits from our extensive guest lecture programme, meeting leading industry professionals ranging from respected producers, specialist technical staff from world-class audio companies to record label and marketing/promotion experts.


Throughout the course, there are multiple opportunities for you to gain real world experience including:

  • Record in world-class professional recording studios such as the legendary Abbey Road Studios and Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios.

  • Get involved in the local music scene working with local musicians and bands.

  • Opportunities to pitch for paid projects with production companies and other clients.

  • Technician internships.



Formal applications for this course are made through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service), this includes mature and EU students.  

To help you through this process we’ve put together a useful Guide to Applying Through UCAS

For advice on the application process or for more course details contact us here

Alternatively you can start your initial application by hitting the button below, fill in your details and a member of our admissions team will be in touch


How many hours a week will I have lectures?

On average you will be timetabled for 12-15hrs per week of lecutures, of this on average 8 hrs per week are practical sessions.

What's the average class size?

Most sessions are groups of no more than 16, however some theory based lecures may be in larger groups.

How much one to one time will I have?

There will be regular opportunities for you to have one to one sessions with your course and module leaders throughout your studies. You can also access our in-house student support team. Plus our team of technicians are also on hand for any studio/production based queries you have.

How much studio time will I get?

In addition to your practical timetabled sessions, students are guaranteed a minimum of 3 hrs per week of bookable studio time. We hope you make much more use of the studios than that though!

What experience do I need for this course?

In addition to the academic entry requirements of the course which can be found at the bottom of this page we are also looking for:

Essential Skills & Experience

  • Experience with Digital Audio Workstations - using any appropriate software programme.
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to function as part of a team, particularly in a creative environment
  • Desire to learn new skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Experience of studio-based practice

Desirable Skills & Experience

  • A basic knowledge of microphone types
  • Experience of recording in a traditional recording studio environment
  • A basic knowledge of Mac OSX / windows operating systems
  • A working knowledge of a recognised DAW eg. Pro Tools, Logic, Live,
  • Created a number of finished recording projects
  • Be able to create sound and/or music based productions in a variety of styles


Just like all dBs Music degree programmes this course will really help you carve out a satisfying career in the music industry. Former students have gone on to work at leading studios like Abbey Road, some have set up their own commercial studios, many produce and compose their own work.

Some of the potential roles this type of training can lead to

  • Music Producer
  • Studio Engineer
  • Audio Editor
  • Studio Owner
  • Post/Pre-Production
  • Foley Artist
  • Band Manager
  • Sound Designer


UCAS Points: 112 Points from:

  • A-levels
  • Level 3 Diplomas
  • Or an equivelent qualification
  • If applying from outside the UK please contact us to find out if we can accept your qualifications.

You can check the UCAS tariff tables calculator to see how many points you have - here

UK Applicants must have GCSE English Language at C/4 or above, or an equivalent qualification such as Functional Skills Level 2.

Applicants who do not have English as their first language must have:

  • IELTS, minimum of 6.0 in each category (within the last 2 years) or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not hold the minimum entry requirements but can demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation you will be considered on an individual basis. Please contact us for further details. You may also be interested in our lower entry degrees, the FdA Music & Audio Technology. If you do not have any UCAS points, check out our ACCESS TO HE Diploma.


The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Students on this course are also official students of the University of St Mark & St John, our validating university, and can apply to Student Finance for a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of your course. There are also loans available to help you cover living costs too.

We understand that figuring out student finance can be a bit of a daunting prospect but we are here to help! If you get stuck or just want some friendly advice give us a call on 0333 344 5536.

Alternatively, visit for information and guidance on completing your application.

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Plymouth Marjon University