Music and Sonic Media

University of Sussex

12 months
19300 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Develop your creative abilities in composition and sound through practical and theoretical work with the Music and Sonic Media degree offered at University of Sussex.


Our Music and Sonic Media degree offered at University of Sussex reflects current developments within and beyond the concert hall, including music for film, media and interactive arts. You will:

  • compose
  • make sound art
  • devise music theatre
  • use music technologies
  • create film music
  • evaluate music and sonic art.

The course is for composers, musicians, sound artists, sound and music practitioners from related fields including theatre, and theorists with interests in music and sound.


You will have built up a substantial portfolio of compositions and creative projects during the course.

Our course emphasises and encourages skills in technology, communication, IT, evaluation, analysis, collaboration and organisation, and enables you to go on to compose, arrange, perform, produce, record and engage in sound design.

With these skills and experiences, our graduates go on to work in an amazing range of careers, such as:

  • freelance professional musicians and composers
  • work in the arts sector
  • in publishing
  • arts administration
  • producing events
  • radio broadcasting
  • writing and lecturing.

You also gain the skills to go on to do research, teaching in schools, music journalism, writing music for video games and running your own music production company.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Activist Media Practice
  • First Person Film (MA)
  • Interactive Project Development
  • Media Histories and Cultural Change
  • Media, Culture and Communication
  • Music and the Media of Performance (Practice)
  • Music and the Media of Performance (Theory)
  • Music Production in Context
  • New Moving Screens
  • Promotional Culture

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

  • Subject-specific requirements
Your qualification should be in music, theatre, sonic arts or audio-visual media. You’ll also be considered for this course if you have relevant professional experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year for full-time students


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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