Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Sound Engineering and Production

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

With placement

Course

Three year

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2023

Introduction

In a nutshell

Sound engineers are essential to how we perceive live and recorded sound. As digital listening experiences expand, and listeners engage on different platforms and in different locations, sound quality and delivery is paramount. With this degree course, you'll develop the professional knowledge to experience and deliver audio at the highest standard. 

With a focus on your career and real-world applications, you'll explore a range of audio modules which will equip you with the skills to build a career in the music and audio industries. Combining audio engineering theory and studio-based delivery, you'll critically evaluate new audio developments and apply them creatively. 

At the forefront of audio and acoustics teaching and research for over 60 years, Salford is home to some ground-breaking and world-class facilities. As a sound engineering and production student, you’ll experience cutting-edge acoustic testing facilities, advanced laboratories and industry-standard studio equipment across our Peel Park and MediaCity campuses, that will help to develop your knowledge and your practical skills.

Start your study journey

Register for our next Open Day to learn more about studying Sound Engineering and Production, explore our facilities and meet the course team

You will:

  • Develop your knowledge of the recording process, enhanced by scientific and technical aspects
  • Acquire production knowledge of a variety of practical applications, including radio, TV, studio recording and live sound, as well as game audio and augmented reality
  • Learn how to use the industry standard software tools for the generation, control, processing and audio reproduction
  • Experience the relationships between sound and the environment, wherever it is being produced
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You're creative and like using technology to find solutions

2.

You want to pursue a career in audio, music production, acoustics or in the creative sector

3.

You're passionate about music and sound with a demonstrable interest in production and audio technology

Course details

All about the course

Course Delivery

Sound Engineering and Production explores a variety of practical applications for sound including radio, TV, music recording, live sound, gaming audio and VR.

Building a strong understanding of audio systems, studio recording and live sound in year one, you will progress to explore topics such as audio installations and sound design in year two. By your final year, you’ll study more advanced modules in specialist areas alongside completing a project based on a real-world issue.

Learn more about the current course modules in the section below.

Learning Experience

With our strong industry connections and links surrounding Greater Manchester, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to gain practical experience and network with industry experts on live music scenes at venues, clubs, and bars.

At Salford, we want you to learn from expert tutors using world-class facilities, so our rich and varied curriculum provides you with access to multi-million-pound standard software Pro Tool enabled studios, TV and video suites and digital media performance labs. This degree embeds theoretical knowledge with creative application to help you capture the best audio possible and deliver an exceptional listener experience.

More importantly, collaboration is core to our values, so you’ll experience small group teaching which ensures that you learn in practical environments around campus. This engaging teaching equips you with professional knowledge and skills to deliver audio at the highest standard, so you are ready for working life after you graduate.

Industry Placement

On this course, you will have the option to take an industry placement year between years two and three. Although you will be responsible for securing your placement, our tutors will support you in finding a role, and monitor your progress throughout.

Industry placements are an excellent way to enhance your CV, gain hands-on work experience and build industry connections. We often find that placement students achieve higher final year grades.

Year one

Audio Production for TV and Radio

You will learn about the theory and workflows behind broadcast audio and apply that knowledge to practical work in the radio and TV studios.

Acoustics Lab

You will learn about a wide variety of specialist acoustic and audio measurements, in terms of equipment familiarity, correct use, interpretation of data and correct reporting (both oral and written).

Studio Production

This module is designed to give you an understanding of the underlying concepts and principles of multi-track production, develop your production skills to translate multi-source live music and sound into a recorded stereo image, and develop the organisational skills needed to successfully record an artist/group. Typically, you will use our Pro-Tools sound recording studios to record a band.

Live Sound Connections

You will study the methods of connecting audio and video equipment for analogue and digital data transmission and power delivery in the context of PA and sound re-enforcement systems. This module also looks at the fundamental electrical principles and practices necessary for the design and assembly of public address and sound re-enforcement systems for delivery of music and sound to a live audience. On completion you should have the organisational skills necessary to specify systems and plan in advance according to the requirements of the venue and performers.

Music Technology Systems

You will learn how to use typical computer based tools for the generation, control, processing and audio reproduction in music technology. You will be able to  evaluate the importance of the different parameters that influence musical sound. This module also introduces MIDI programming and musical synthesis using both software and hardware

New

Signal Chain Theory

This module introduces the basic fundamentals of sound, signals, and systems, and then explores the signal flow of a complete generic audio system, from capture (microphones) to playback (loudspeakers) and transmission.

Year two

Industrial Studies and Career Management

You will understand the nature of entrepreneurs and the development of entrepreneurial organisations. You will cover popular business theories such as theory of management, the role of enterprise in the economy, leadership and management of an enterprise and developing and managing quality in the enterprise.

Group Design Project

You will work together with course mates on a specific real world audio design task and come up with a real practical solution using.

Web Audio

You will study the use of audio API and JavaScript programming in the web development context. This will enable you to produce web-based audio applications.

Audio Installation

You will explore different types of audio installations from home theatre to cinemas and right through to stadiums. Acoustics and system design will feature heavily and this will culminate in designing an installation for a particular acoustic space.

Advanced Audio Production

This module will help you develop the production techniques associated with computer based hard disk digital audio recording, understand the principles and techniques of production planning and location recording and on completion you will be able to apply a range of techniques to a digital audio editing and production project.

Sound Design

This module builds on the Studio Production module from year one. You complete a sound design for a piece of visual content. You use our studio complex to record and master your design.

Year three

Audio Over IP

IP networks are extensively used in transmission of audio in broadcast. This module provides an understanding of network applications and future broadcast formats. Lab-based projects will investigate IP networks in recording studios, live sound use and outside broadcast.

Audio Forensics and Restoration

Audio forensics and restoration may involve enhancement of audio recordings, verification of the authenticity of a recording and identification of acoustics events, such as type of car engines or human voices. You will explore famous case studies such as JFK and Watergate and learn how to apply modern restoration and analytical audio techniques.

Audio for Games and VR

Game and VR audio is becoming an important element in entertainment and media. You will learn about audio game design, workflows, acoustic modelling, augmented reality and the techniques required to employ t

Major Project

The final year project is your opportunity to carry out, under supervision, an extended study into an agreed topic relating to your degree. You will complete independent investigation to demonstrate initiative and the skills and knowledge acquired elsewhere in the course. The project provides invaluable experience in the planning and delivery of a major study that solves a problem with a unique solution.

Spatial Audio

In this module, the spatial hearing capabilities of the auditory system are further investigated and spatial audio systems including stereo, binaural, transaural, 5.1, ambisonics and wave field synthesis will be investigated both in terms of theory and practical use. There will be opportunities to audition and experiment with a number of different surround systems during practical sessions in the recording studios, listening room and anechoic chamber.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What Will I be Doing?

TEACHING

You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods:

  • Laboratory exercises 
  • Case studies
  • Group work
  • Project work

Some of the course is delivered in a production environment, so you will spend time developing your practical skills in our sound recording studios, music technology rooms and TV studios.

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed through a combination of formats:

  • Examinations will assess your immediate response to a set of unseen problems
  • Assignments will assess your response to in-depth problems and challenges
  • Practical tests in acoustics laboratories will assess your problem-solving rationale
  • Projects will assess your ability to create, deliver and evaluate a plan for an identified solution

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our degree courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers and industry leaders.

Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to become unstoppable in your career.

Facilities

As a sound engineering student, you will use professional facilities across both our Peel Park and MediaCityUK campuses.

Our world-class Acoustic Laboratories at our Peel Park campus are home to specialist test environments, including anechoic chambers, a transmission suite, reverberation chambers, an ITU standard listening room, a 3D Ambisonic listening booth and audiometric test facilities. 

At our MediaCityUK campus, you can enjoy access to multi-million pound Pro Tools enabled studios, 3D animation suites, TV and video suites, and digital media performance labs.

Industry collaboration and research

When you start this degree with Salford, you are also joining a community making a difference in industry, our local region and in our wider society.

Many of our academics and technicians who support your course also deliver collaborative, interdisciplinary, high-impact work in a range of local and global issues and challenges with noise, sound and vibration.

Read on and discover how you are part of something bigger.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

EMPLOYMENT

This course is designed to help you to develop a range of personal and professional skills which will make you highly employable. These include report writing and presentation skills, data interpretation and IT skills and team work and project management skills.

Successfully completing a sound engineering and production degree course can put you in a great position to become major players in the diverse world of sound, music production, acoustics and audio, with fantastic opportunities for studio and live producers/engineers, broadcast engineers, gaming audio engineers, product developers, acoustics and audio researchers, and acoustics consultants.

Salford audio and acoustics graduates have excellent career prospects in acoustic consultancy and audio-related industries, with our alumni securing roles with Arup, BBS, Apple, Dolby, Jaguar Land Rover, Thales, NHS, and Sandy Brown Associates.

FURTHER STUDY

You might find that you want to learn more about acoustics and audio. Building on our expertise, we offer a range of postgraduate courses that can take your interests and career opportunities further. Salford graduates and alumni who apply for our postgraduate courses also qualify to receive a generous fees discount. 

Acoustics (MSc)

Audio Production (MSc)

Some graduates choose to pursue postgraduate and doctoral research. For over 60 years, the Acoustics Research Centre at Salford has led audio and acoustics knowledge-building and innovation. Funded by research councils, government bodies and industry, the Centre offers a range of postgraduate research opportunities for acoustics graduates. 

A taste of what you could become

A Sound Technician

A Broadcast Engineer

A Radio Producer

An Audio Consultant

An Audio Researcher

And more...

Career Links

Soundsnap logo

Industry collaboration is at the heart of your learning at Salford. Thanks to a longstanding partnership with Soundsnap, you will have free access to sound effects resources during your studies.

Our acoustic and audio staff hold strong industry links through collaborative research and development projects with our Acoustics Research Centre.These connections keep course content relevant to industry needs and in tune with new research.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE 

We welcome applicants with a passion for sound and a desire to build a future career working in this field. You will ideally have studied mathematics or a technical or science-based subject at college, and would like to gain a deeper knowledge in these and other related subjects, with particular interest in applying this knowledge to sound and audio.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, and we also accept a range of equivalent qualifications.

Read more about our English language requirements, including information about pathways that can help you gain entry on to our degree courses. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take our Pre-Sessional English course to gain entry onto this degree.

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

112-120 UCAS points, including a scientific or technical subject

A level

112-120 UCAS points including minimum of a grade C or above in a technical or scientific subject such as Mathematics, Physics, Music Technology, IT or Electronics

BTEC National Diploma

DMM from technical or scientific subjects, such as Mathematics, Physics, Music Technology, IT or Electronics, or similar. E.g. BTEC National Diploma in Music Technology including modules in Sound Creation and Manipulation, Acoustics for Musicians.

Access to HE

Pass with 112-120 UCAS points from a QAA-approved Science or technical programme

Scottish Highers

120 UCAS points to include Mathematics or a technical or scientific subject (for example, Physics, Music Technology, IT or Electronics)

Irish Leaving Certificate

120 UCAS points to include Mathematics or a technical or scientific subject (for example, Physics, Music Technology, IT or Electronics)

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 80%

International Baccalaureate

28 points

International students

We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements.

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

To be considered for the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme you must have already achieved or be working towards GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 (or equivalent).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2023/24 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2023/24 £16,380per year

Additional costs

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

International student scholarships

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. We offer a range of scholarships worth between £3,000-£5,000.

Learn more about our latest international scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2023

UCAS information

Course ID H349

Institution S03