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About the course

Interested in the technical side of media? Arguably one of the most exciting parts of the industry you can work in, this field offers opportunities to develop, install and maintain equipment used in live television and film. Our graduates have been working in the background of the most popular content viewed in the UK for 25 years, and you could be joining them.

You will study the fundamental principles behind the latest media and broadcast technologies, with an emphasis on how these relate to current working technologies. You will be supported to develop the skills to become those installing, operating and maintaining the latest TV studios, outside broadcast vehicles and cinemas after graduation.

Throughout your studies you will have access to a range of state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your practical skills, these include our Dolby Atmos Cinema, and our full HD outside broadcasting vehicle. Solent University are one of a few institutions to own an HD outside broadcast vehicle which allows students to hone their craft at a variety of high profile events across the academic year. This regularly includes live broadcast transmission for BBC Children in Need, multi-camera stage feeds at Glastonbury Festival, Hampshire FA Cup Final and a variety of political, sports and music events around the South coast.

The academic team maintain excellent links with industry and alumni, which gives you the opportunity to learn valuable industry insight from guest lecturers who regularly visit to present on specialist subjects. Recent speakers have included; managing director of Vanguardia Consulting, an independent film sound designer and representatives from Advanced Communications Solutions.

Work experience opportunities are also heavily embedded into the curriculum, and you will be offered a variety of work experience and placement opportunities with companies specialising in anything from sports TV production, studio/venue installations, to hardware and software design. Students that participate in the opportunities frequently secure their first job as a result of the experience gained.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up degree

The blend of academic credit alongside a wealth of work experience makes BEng (Hons) Media Engineering graduates highly employable.

What does this course lead to?

Solent University has a 25-year history of producing successful media technology graduates. Solent alumni can be found working with all the top outside broadcast companies (NEP, Arena, Telegenic, CTV etc) on all the major sporting events covered in the UK and abroad. If they aren’t on the ground setting up and operating the equipment, they can be found at broadcasters such as SKY, BBC, ITV making sure the content comes to TV’s, tablets and mobiles all over the world.

Who is this course for?

This course is perfect for those wishing to pursue a career behind the scenes, in roles such as broadcast engineer, systems engineer or satellite transmission quality engineer, by taking an interest in science and engineering and applying it to the exciting media industry.

There is a great need for engineers with knowledge of broadcast and computing and networking technologies in this sector, making graduates of this course highly employable.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry P310
  • 4 Years Media Foundation Year P3P0
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2020/21 tuition fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our  bursaries and  scholarships pages to find out more.


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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Foundation Year in Media Technology.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For more information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

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Foundation Year in Media Technology route:

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Audio Production
  • Introduction to Acoustics
  • Engineering Principles
  • Electronic Fundamentals
  • Video Production
  • Computing and Networking

Year two

Core units
  • Video Systems
  • Practical Electronics
  • Project Management
  • Media Formats
  • Event Technology

Options

  • Audio Systems
  • Applied Signal Processing

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units
  • Media Networks and Communications
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Broadcast Systems Design
  • Project

Options

  • Transducer Design
  • Audio Systems Design
  • Signal Processing

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Polly Hickling academic profile Polly Hickling Course Leader View profile
Chris Barlow academic profile Chris Barlow Professor View profile
Paul Bourne academic profile Paul Bourne Senior Lecturer View profile
Juan Battaner-Moro academic profile Juan Battaner-Moro Senior Lecturer View profile
Ludovico Ausiello academic profile Ludovico Ausiello Senior Lecturer View profile
Lee Davison academic profile Lee Davison Associate Lecturer View profile
Matthew Hickling academic profile Matthew Hickling Technician Instructor View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

Throughout your studies you will have the opportunity to use a range of high quality facilities including;

  • 96 seat Dolby Atmos cinema with the ability to mix and render Dolby Atmos content in Pro Tools.
  • Outside broadcast vehicle with seven ENG system cameras, up to 64-channels of audio mixing and plenty of monitoring and signal analysis.
  • State-of-the-art motion tracked multi-camera TV studio with a green infinity cove for chromakey.
  • Flagship music recording studio with Avid S6 control surface, high-quality Dynaudio monitoring and industry-standard outboard.
  • 5.1 audio dubbing theatres for recording and mixing Foley FX, ADR and music to picture content.
  • Spatial audio and VR lab, currently a 25 loudspeaker system for Ambisonic decoding and multiple Vive and Oculus headsets for VR.
  • Large hemi-anechoic chamber for test and measurement.
  • Electronics laboratory for design, test and build of hardware. Multiple power supplies, oscilloscopes and soldering stations.
  • Highly configurable broadcast laboratory/racks room for test and measurement.
  • Gaming and networking laboratories with high-performance gaming machines.
  • Access to industry-standard software for media editing, engineering simulation, coding, signal processing and analysis.
  • Multiple music, radio and TV studios for taught classes and student bookings.
  • Multiple audio and video non-linear editing suites for taught classes and student bookings.

Students can participate in student-led societies related to the degree, which include Solent Live Events Society, Sonar Cinema, Sonar Radio and Sonar TV.  

Your future

Solent’s media technology courses have an excellent graduate employment rate, with a number of companies regularly recruiting directly from us.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Broadcast video or audio engineer
  • Post-production engineer
  • Transmission engineer
  • Integration engineer
  • Digital cinema development engineer
  • Quality engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Hardware/software engineer
  • Systems developer

Industry links

The course team maintain very close links with their alumni and as a result are well placed to arrange work experience and placement opportunities for students from level four to level six, as well as internship schemes upon graduation.

These links also enable frequent guest lectures from industry on specialist subjects as well as industry visits to see and use specialist equipment. Students that participate in the opportunities frequently secure their first job as a result of the experience gained.

Placements

Students are offered a variety of work experience opportunities throughout their time studying at Solent. This can be at summer festivals such as Glastonbury, Camp Bestival, Boardmasters, aiding the production of content in roles such as vision engineer or unit managing. Placements with companies can range from a summer or an entire year out of study. These have been in the production of hardware/software and for companies such as Dolby, Techex, Sky, BBC, Ericsson, Evertz and Megahertz.

Further study

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