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Music and Sonic Media

University of Sussex

12 months
19775 GBP/year
9500 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.


Explore theory and practice in the field of music production. You’ll focus on historical contexts and the development of advanced technical skills.

Our Music and Sonic Media MA at University of Sussex reflects current developments in 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.

The Department of Music is a major international centre for the study of contemporary music, contemporary musical thinking and music theatre.

We offer a unique range of inter-related research disciplines. We have expertise in areas from opera and music theatre to composition. This allows you to develop an integrated portfolio of work corresponding to your strengths and interests.


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 are prepared 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Activist Media Practice
  • Music and the Media of Performance (Practice)
  • Music Production in Context
  • Creative Project
  • Dissertation (Music MA)
  • Composition (Practice)
  • Sonic Media Practice

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
Upper Second Class

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. Since much of the practical work on different modules involves your own creative and/or compositional engagement with the topics covered, you should include a short composition portfolio with your application. This is composition interpreted broadly (i.e. it does not have to be 'traditional' notated composition): it could be songs, tracks you have produced, movie soundtracks, performances of your own compositions, a score. etc. The portfolio should demonstrate your ability to create music, audio or other sonic media. You can submit in a variety of formats: links to tracks on Soundcloud, Youtube, MP3s, scores, etc.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19775 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19775 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9500 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Brighton

815 - 1383 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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