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About the course

Solent’s music technology top-up course can help you to upgrade your existing qualification to a full degree in just one year. Progress from a diploma, foundation or equivalent course in music production, music technology or sound engineering. Learn new technical skills and improve your employability for a range of music industry roles.

Our music courses ranked 15th out of 66 other UK institutions for student satisfaction (NSS 2019).

Building on our long-standing reputation for excellence in music production, this top-up course offers a pathway into the more technical side of the music industry. You’ll focus on technical aspects of music and audio production while working on creative projects, helping you to graduate with the blend of hands-on and creative skills required by industry employers.

Throughout the course you’ll benefit from the expertise and experience of two separate School of Media Arts and Technology areas. Music production elements are delivered by the music programme group while technical modules are delivered by expert audio engineering and acoustics tutors.

You will take a core module from audio engineering, acoustics and music production before choosing an optional module that targets particular career paths. This will help you to tailor the course to your specific career ambitions.

The final major project will allow you to apply your new skills to a substantial piece of work, blending creative and technical practice in an area that is relevant to your preferred career. This will allow movement between creative and technical pathways, enabling progression into the increasing number of roles that require an understanding of both.

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 option

Students have the opportunity to gain additional professional qualifications alongside their degree. These could include the Institute of Acoustics certificate in environmental noise management or ProTools 101 certification (additional costs may apply).

What does this course lead to?

There are a wide range of careers open to graduates with a good blend of technical and creative skills. 

These include roles in the music recording industry, live sound, live events management, acoustics consultancy, audio systems design and broadcasting.

Who is this course for?

This top-up course is the ideal way for students with a relevant qualification at HND level (or equivalent) to upgrade their qualification and earn a full honours degree in just one year.

Students are offered a wide range of optional modules, selecting the options which best suit their previous experience and future career ambitions.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

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

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Optional costs
Students who take the Environmental Acoustics module may opt to undertake the IoA Certificate of Competence in Environmental Noise Measurement assessment. The fee for this is set by the IoA and is currently £260, though may be liable to change.
Students not opting to take the Environmental Acoustics module have the option to take the IoA assessment as an extra-curricular module. This costs £500.
Students also have the option to take the ProTools 101 course and the ProTools 110 course as extra-curricular qualifications (subject to demand). These are offered at £80 and £180 respectively.

Compulsory costs
Students will be required to own an appropriate scientific calculator. These cost between £10-20.

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.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

Relevant HND/foundation degree pass with Merit Overall (55 per cent) 

  • or 240 CATS points from a relevant three-year degree.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further 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: 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:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 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 the end of 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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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Audio Systems
  • Architectural Acoustic Design
  • Advanced Music Production
  • Independent Project


  • Live Sound Technology
  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Acoustics
  • Sound for Video and Computer Games
  • Experimental Music Production
  • Advanced Live Music Production
  • Music and Audio Post Production

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


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


The University provides excellent learning resources and facilities to its students, from campus-wide wireless to extensive library services. Music technology students will also benefit from our wide range of subject specific resources, including:

  • Industry-standard Pro Tools HD recording studios.
  • A 3D Cinema with Dolby Atmos, including Atmos mixing capabilities (one of the only universities in the world with this capability).
  • A hemi anechoic chamber with 32 channel National Instruments data acquisition system.
  • Electronics laboratories.
  • A music technology lab with industry standard music production, audio technology and acoustics software packages. These include ProTools HD, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Reason, Reaktor, MaxMSP, CadnaA, EASE and CATT-Acoustic.
  • A high definition outside broadcasting vehicle.
  • High definition television and broadcast studios.

Strong industry links help students to make contacts and access professional experience.

Your future

There are a wide range of careers open to graduates with a good blend of technical and creative skills. These include roles in the music recording industry, live sound, live events management, acoustics consultancy, audio systems design and broadcasting.

Recent Solent graduates (within the last 3 years) from related music technology and acoustics courses have found work with:

  • Vanguardia Consulting
  • Dolby Laboratories
  • Arqiva
  • BBC
  • Sky
  • Hilson Moran
  • Solid State Logic
  • Naïm
  • KP Acoustics
  • Adrian James Acoustics
  • NEP Visions.

There are opportunities to further develop your skills and career prospects here at Solent by continuing on to a higher degree or professional qualification.

We offer an MSc in Applied Acoustics (accredited by the Institute of Acoustics) and an MSc in Applied Audio Engineering.

We also offer a range of professional courses in acoustics including the IoA Certificate of Competence in Building Acoustics Measurement, the IoA Certificate of Competence in Environmental Noise Measurement and the IoA Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control.

Industry links

The course team has excellent links with industry and industry governing bodies. Input from industry representatives ensures that the course remains up-to-date with the latest technology and developments. This close relationship also guarantees that students have access to regular guest lectures and technical talks from industry professionals.

Recent guest speakers from the technical side of the industry have included Jim Griffith (Managing Director of Vanguardia Consulting), Andy Shiach (Managing Director of Advanced Communications Solutions) and Richard Welsh (former Head of Digital Cinema for Dolby).  On the creative side, speakers have included Gary Powell (The Libertines), Zoe Miller (Head of Press at Mute Records), Mark Lawrence (Head of the Association For Electronic Music) and Rob da Bank (organiser of Bestival and Common People festivals).

Students will also have the opportunity to attend relevant events and conferences. These include the University’s own student music conference (SMILE), Institute of Acoustics Southern Region meetings, Audio Engineering Society Southern Group meetings and Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists conferences.

KP Acoustics sponsor an annual prize for the best independent project in an acoustics related field, and there are opportunities for students to work in a range of roles at music festivals through Solent Productions and Solent Acoustics. In the past this has included working on stage management, broadcasting and acoustics for Glastonbury Festival.


The University has a number of in-house business modules linked to this field. These include Solent Productions, Solent Music and Solent Acoustics. All offer opportunities for students to work on projects for real clients.

Further study

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