|UCAS code||Typical offer||Length|
|H665||AAA (See full entry requirements)||5 years full-time|
"Focuses on the internal design and function of contemporary music technology systems within an electronic engineering programme."
This programme has been designed for those students who wish to combine a professional education in electronics with an understanding of the internal design and function of contemporary music technology systems. It provides training for the next generation of audio engineers, and designers of electronic musical instruments, studio equipment and audio systems. This is an area with a vast opportunity for creativity and innovation.
The programme provides a solid basis in engineering as applied to music and audio systems, and although not “musical” in the sense that there is no formal development of performance skills, the programme includes detailed material on synthesiser technology, MIDI, sampling and audio signal processing, and provides hands-on opportunities to learn how this technology is applied in recording studios and in field recording projects.
To succeed in such an environment, graduates need to be knowledgeable, highly-skilled, professional and adept at communication and project management. Drawing on the expertise of the Audio Research Group at York, and including individual and group projects at every stage of the degree to develop practical, organisational, management and business skills, this programme will provide you with precisely the abilities and approaches you will need to operate with confidence – as a researcher, expert designer or technical manager - in this exciting field.
The final year of this Masters-level programme extends the Bachelors (BEng) programme by providing an opportunity for further engagement with research staff, technology and literature. Students will manage a large-scale individual project, and extend their knowledge and experience in a variety of core and optional topic areas; together these opportunities allow you to develop the knowledge and skills required to take a leadership role in pushing forward this specialist subject area.
As with all our undergraduate degrees, the MEng Music Technology Systems is fully accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology, and satisfies the educational requirements for becoming a Chartered Engineer.
More information about the programme learning outcomes for this degree can be found here: MEng Music Technology Systems (PDF , 2,948kb)
All modules are core:
All modules are core:
Year in Industry
The following modules are core:
Year in Industry or modules as above
The following modules are core in the Autumn term:
Students complete the following module in the Spring and Summer terms:
This information is subject to change, as we regularly update and refine our courses to keep our teaching as up-to-date as possible.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
Our courses are highly intensive. Typical teaching weeks in the early years contain approx. 20-22 hours of scheduled activities comprising lectures, practical work, workshops, tutorials, supervisions. The balance varies depending on the term/week and on the options chosen by specific students. You will develop your project and time management skills throughout the degree, beginning with a year long group engineering design and build project.
Outside of scheduled teaching, students spend time that includes: background reading for lectures; continuing practical work & writing practical reports; completing programming exercises; tutorial & problem sheets.
In later years, particularly during the final year individual project, there is less scheduled time. Students will put into practice the project management skills from earlier to manage their project work as they transition towards graduation and becoming professional engineers.
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A variety of assessment types are used throughout, with the exact balance depending on the options students choose. All students will encounter the following modes of assessment to some extent:
In all cases, formative assessment is provided along with the actual grades to help students understand mistakes and improve.
Employment prospects for our graduates are excellent and they are very well regarded in industry.
Many of our students find jobs in related industries and in all sizes of companies from multi-nationals to small businesses.
However, they graduate with strong mathematical, computing/programming, team working and technical management skills that are an integral part of our programmes. This means that they also have access to a very wide range of potential career paths outside of the more obvious ones, for example financial service industries which require creative people with strong mathematical and programming skills.
Since our students find the Department, University and City of York attractive, many choose to continue at York with a higher degree, e.g. PhD, before a research career in a university or in industry.
Have a more detailed look at our graduates' careers including some of their profiles.
All applications are made on-line through UCAS. Before you apply, check our entry requirements or contact us for advice on your qualifications or situation. You may also want to arrange to visit the department in advance of an application, so that you can chat to a member of staff and have a tour of our teaching facilities.
For students applying from the UK, all suitable applicants will be invited to one of our interview days. These are an opportunity for us to get to know you and importantly for you to find out more about us - we provide the chance to meet current students and give you tours of the campus, student accommodation and the department as well as the interview itself. We also provide a 'Parents Programme' for accompanying relatives/friends. If you are based outside the UK, we will make a decision based on your UCAS application and any other correspondence we have received from you.
Precise offers are customised to each applicant and where they are still undertaking qualifications this will normally be conditional on the achievement of specified examination grades.
Once results are available, if a student meets the terms of our offer they are automatically accepted. Where a student has ‘missed’ then entry is at our discretion. Before rejecting any applicant at this stage, we will consider all the student’s circumstances, including the reference, personal statement and performance at interview. In particular, we will always take into consideration cases where students have been ill or suffered personal problems, or have had problems at school. We prefer, however, to be informed of such difficulties prior to the release of results.
Applicants who miss the terms of an MEng offer but make the terms of a BEng offer and have York as their Firm Acceptance will automatically be offered the BEng version of their chosen course. A suitable pass mark in Year 1 then allows students to transfer to the MEng.
If students decide that they wish to defer entry, for example to undertake a year in industry, there will be no difficulty in facilitating this – again, provided we are advised before the release of the A level results in August.
32-36 points overall with grade 5-6 in Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level. Students taking either of these subjects at Standard Level are asked to contact us for advice.
To include Mathematics and one out of Physics, Electronics or Chemistry plus AAAAA in a suitable range of Highers.
To include Mathematics and Physics.
Good performance in first-year Higher National Certificate or Higher National Diploma (level 4) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering or a related subject.
Extended Diploma in Engineering with an overall grade of:
All applicants need D in Further Maths for Technicians and D in Further Electrical/Electronic Principles.
We do consider applications from people offering combinations of A levels and BTECs subsidiary diplomas, contact us for more advice.
Programmes in Music Technology Systems also carry an additional music requirement to demonstrate that you have musical interests.
If your qualifications are not suitable for direct entry to one of our degree courses but you think you have the potential to succeed, see more information on our Foundation Entry Requirements.