Audio Engineering BSc (Hons)

UCAS code H642
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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. Audio engineering is a fast changing industry and this course will equipt you with the necessary skills. This course offers you the chance to choose your own specialism within the industry such as live events, broadcast, music recording or game audio, offering you a unique and rewarding experience.

The course is 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-the art 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 will have access to studios outwith calss time, enabling you to develop your skills in your own time
  • We encourage you to be active in research and recent graduates have delivered at international conferences on various subjects including virtual reality audio and building acoustics
  • You can study full-time or part-time to suit your personal circumstances


We offer modern student accommodation in Perth ideally suited to students on this course.

Entry requirements

  • Entry to year one, HNC, is 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above, preferably including Music, Physics, Maths or English, 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

Joint Audio Media Education Support accreditation

Year 1 - HNC

HNC Sound Production

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are: 

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

You will also choose two option modules which may include:

  • Audio for cinematic and game production 1
  • 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
  • Audio for cinematic and game production 2

Year 4 - BSc (Hons)

Core modules are:​

  • Dissertation (double credit) or a research paper
  • Personal employability strategy
  • Creeative honours project (double credit)
  • Creative media applications

If you choose the research paper rather than a dissertation, you will choose one further option module which may include:

  • Live production systems
  • Music production techniques
  • Sound design for film and TV

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 via 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?

  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September


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:

YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2019-20 Part-time
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:

YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2019-20 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £6,720 £448 (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:

YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2019-20 Part-time **
Year 1 HNC £6,855 £457 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £12,800 £2,140 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £12,800 £2,140 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £12,800 £2,140 (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.


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 within 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
  • Live production audio for concerts, conference, and theatre

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What our students, graduates and staff say

The facilities and equipment are up-to-date and perfect for preparing me for the workplace. I have gained great work experience and my qualification will give me the knowledge I need to work as an audio engineer in live sound or for a broadcasting company.

Christine Heriot studied our HNC Sound Production before progressing on to the second year of the BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering at our Perth College UHI campus.

I did consider other universities, but I received recommendations from people who said Perth had a great course and campus. I have enjoyed the learning environment and have developed the knowledge and skills to operate audio equipment as well as improving my writing. It has opened up opportunities that I would never have thought possible and has resulted in me having contacts that will prove helpful as my future career develops.

Keith Harvey graduated with a BSc (Hons) Audio Production from our Perth College UHI campus, in 2017.

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