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Sound Design

Manchester Metropolitan University

12 months
17500 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
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On the School of Digital Art's (SODA) MA Sound Design course at Manchester Metropolitan University, you will create sound for environments and contexts that are immersive, interactive and responsive.  


Taught by a team of specialist researcher-practitioners, you will explore themes that will include sound for linear and non-linear narrative, interactive media and virtual realities.

You will be based in a school that is purpose-built for today’s fast-moving creative and digital sectors - equipped with the latest cutting edge technologies to enable you to develop industry-standard skills for creating and researching sound content across a wide range of digital platforms. SODA also offers opportunities for cross-disciplinary learning and to to collaborate within our dynamic creative community of photographers, filmmakers, games developers and more.

During the course you will develop professional links with the creative community and industries both locally, nationally and internationally. Guest lectures and masterclasses by international industry practitioners and researchers will help you to place your work within a context of innovative global sound practice.

SODA is well positioned within Manchester as a great place for students to build a network and develop research and practice in the media, games and digital tech industries. It is also home to staff from a wide range of creative disciplines, who are research-active and experts in their chosen areas. They also enjoy well-established links to the wider creative media, arts and digital tech industries. 

Features and Benefits

  • The Sound Design course at Manchester Metropolitan University offers a close collaborative environment in which viewpoints and contemporary working practices are easily shared across a range of creative disciplines. 
  • We encourage the richness of opportunity that results from practitioners working together across a diverse range of creative backgrounds.
  • The course features a holistic approach to soundtrack creation, in which the sound designer explores all aspects of the sound environment from Foley and SFX to music and dialogue.
  • The flexibility within the curriculum will allow you to focus upon and develop your key interests and creative aspirations, and build a folio of practice that will establish your identity as an emerging practitioner. 

Programme Structure

Core Units:

  • Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Independent Project
  • Reimagining Technologies 
  • Body
  • Digital Innovation

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
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • ou will normally have at least a 2:1 undergraduate UK honours degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. creative/digital arts, management, education, science etc). A 2.2 will also be considered. 
  • Equivalent EU/international qualifications are also accepted. Applicants who do not meet these criteria will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Other professional qualifications will be considered on merit and/or with relevant professional experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17500 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 17500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Manchester

645 - 1197 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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