12 months
14700 GBP/year
7850 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Underpinned by pioneering research, excellent teaching and first-rate facilities, the Audio Engineering programme from University of Derby equips you with the skills and knowledge valued most by employers in the rapidly changing and dynamic field of audio engineering.

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  • Hone your skills on a cutting-edge MSc programme developed in consultation with industry leaders
  • Gain up-to-the-minute knowledge in areas which are central to the needs of the sector, including audio electronics, live sound reinforcement, surround sound systems and software engineering
  • Prepare for high-level careers in the industry: our graduates have gone on to work for world-leading firms such as d&b audiotechnik, Bowers & Wilkins, Holovis and MQA
  • Benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, ranging from 3D multichannel sound rooms to a hemi-anechoic chamber
  • Be inspired by experienced and supportive lecturers who are renowned in the field and whose research even featured on Blue Planet II
  • Engage in your own cutting-edge research, with the chance to contribute to publications and international conferences
  • Hear from top industry professionals through fascinating guest lectures and master classes

This MSc programme enables graduates with good first degrees in Electronic Engineering, Music Technology or similar subjects to develop the higher-level expertise they need to enter the specialist field of audio engineering. With a flexible part-time study option available, it also represents an excellent route for professionals already working within the sector to upgrade their skills and understanding.


As a graduate of the Audio Engineering programme from University of Derby , you will be ideally prepared to progress into rewarding careers within many fields of professional activity – or to advance an existing career if you are already employed.

You will find that high-calibre audio engineers are in demand in fields such as:

  • Electroacoustic engineering (loudspeakers, power amplifiers and so on)
  • Software engineering (digital signal processing, software development and so on)
  • Sound reinforcement
  • Acoustics
  • Automotive engineering

Our teaching team can give you advice on relevant employment opportunities and you will receive full support from the University’s Careers and Employment Service, who can assist in areas such as job application and interview techniques.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Audio Electronics
  • Audio Innovation
  • Live Sound System Design and Optimisation
  • Acoustics in Buildings
  • Environmental Noise Assessment
  • Advanced Surround Sound Systems
  • Audio Software Engineering

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

You will require:

  • An appropriate undergraduate degree in Engineering, Science or Music Technology (2:2 or above) or an equivalent qualification
  • If English is not your first language, then you will need to hold IELTS 6.0 or above

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14700 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    7850 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7850 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

UK fee: £875 per 20 credits (Full-time/Part-time)

Living costs for Derby

540 - 852 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • You will need to apply separately for the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, the International Excellent Student Scholarship and the GREAT Scholarship, but all others are assessed for eligibility alongside your application. 
  • Our new EU Transition Bursary offers financial support to our European students. If you normally reside in the EU and are starting your undergraduate or postgraduate taught course in September or January , you could be eligible for this reduction in your tuition fees. If you have home fee status or have EU settled or pre-settled status in the UK, you are not eligible for international scholarships but you may be eligible for the Derby Achievement Scholarship. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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