M.Sc. On Campus

Sound Design

The University of Edinburgh

12 months
26300 GBP/year
13400 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Sound Design programme at The University of Edinburgh is targeted at individuals interested in exploring the domain of sound in the wider context of new media theory and technology.


The Sound Design programme at The University of Edinburgh is strongly interdisciplinary including the study of:

  • film sound
  • interactive game-audio design
  • sound installation and sonic art
  • sound software design
  • creative music and composition practices

This programme will provide you with knowledge, skill and understanding to enable you to thrive in a range of sound design situations both commercial and experimental.

Graduates of the programme will be armed with professional, practical, analytical and intellectual skills to take into sound-related industries or on towards further academic study, such as a PhD. 

Career opportunities

The rich, cross-disciplinary programme of study we offer provides graduates with advanced skills in multimedia, audio production, post-production and other digital technologies relevant to sound design and the crafts of sonic art.

These skills will allow you to take on commissions in professional sound design areas or pursue your own creative path.

Our graduates are now working in theatre, TV and video games, composers, and for various sound post-production studios.

Many are running successful sound-related businesses around the world and several have PhDs and are pursuing academic careers.

You will gain a wide variety of transferable skills, such as ability to research & analyse sound, structure & manage your time, effective teamwork &communication that will increase your employability across the arts and further afield.

Programme Structure

Across six taught courses and an extensive final project, you will attend a combination of:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • practical sessions

This is supported by occasional input from external professionals in the field of sound design and related areas.

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. 


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject such as music, sound design, sonic arts, media arts, sound engineering, acoustics, film, animation or art/design, accompanied by a portfolio introducing us to some recent work that you are proud of.

  • Your portfolio should include at least three pieces of work and can include a range of items such as an essay on sound, a small collection of sound recordings, performances or documentation of a sound-based project, such as an installation, film or animation.

Work experience

If you do not meet the academic entry requirements or if you do not have a sound-related degree, we may still consider your application if you have significant professional sound-related experience supported by a substantial portfolio. Please contact us to check before you apply.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    13400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13400 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time fees: 

  • Home - £6,700
  • International/EU - £13,150

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

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



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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