Audio Engineering BSc (Hons)

UCAS code H642
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

Designed by industry professionals, this skills-led honours degree aims to help graduates progress to the forefront of the sector and have sustainable and rewarding careers.

Our lecturers are experienced, research-active professionals. The course is also industry accredited by the Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES) representing the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS), the Music Producers Guild (MPG), UK Screen and associate industry bodies. This provides assurance to you and employers of the course's potential and value.

Special features

  • You will have access to state-of-theart equipment and recording studios where you can collaborate with music students. This gives a realistic industry environment, in which to learn technical skills.
  • As well as academic coursework, you will take part in practical projects such as recording and producing student bands; creating broadcast content; and working in professional theatres and live venues, as well as our own campus venues and production rooms.
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances

Entry requirements

  • Entry to year one, HNC, is 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above, preferably including Music, Physics, Maths or English, OR
  • NC Sound Engineering or NC Music
  • Entry to year two, DipHE, is HNC Sound Production, or other relevant HNC
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications and experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Year 1 - HNC

HNC Sound Production

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are: 

  • Creative project
  • Creative industries analysis
  • Digital and analogue theory and applications

You will also choose two option modules which may include:

  • Audio for multimedia
  • Live audio production
  • Multi-track studio techniques

Year 3 - BSc

Core modules are:

  • Themed research project
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Audio systems theory
  • Advanced digital audio applications

You will also choose two option modules which may include:

  • Live event audio
  • Multi-track mixdown techniques
  • Trans-media applications

Year 4 - BSc (Hons)

Core modules are:

  • Research paper
  • Personal employability strategy
  • Creeative honours project

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • Live production systems
  • Music production techniques
  • Sound design for fixed media

You must also complete a dissertation.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures, tutorials and studio work, and online study through the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years @ 20 hours per week
  • Part-time: 6 years @ 10 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Year Level Full-time Part-time
    2016-17 2016-17
Year 1
HNC £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)

Rest of UK students

For students living in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Year Level Full-time Part-time
    2016-17 2016-17
Year 1
HNC £6,510 £434 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours free** £1,500 (per 20 credit module)

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Year Level Full-time Part-time ***
    2016-17 2016-17
Year 1
HNC £6,510 £434 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £11,000 £1,840 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £11,000 £1,840 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £11,000 £1,840 (per 20 credit module)

***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Perth College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have completed the BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering course a range of jobs in sound production in the music and entertainment industry will be open to you. These could include producing content for television, radio or online broadcast; recording and creating sound effects for film, working in computer gaming; and live production audio for concerts, conference, and theatre.

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Audio Engineering BSc (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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