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Audio Engineering
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Audio Engineering

International Scholarships available

Overview

Take your interest in audio to the next level and gain the technical, scientific and engineering expertise that will enable you to produce high-quality audio solutions.

How do you design a public address system to deliver an important speech to thousands of listeners, or predict the acoustic impact of new high-speed rail lines on nearby homes and engineer solutions to reduce this impact? With its unique blend of engineering, acoustics, programming and electronics, this course will give you the theoretical grounding and skills to answer these questions and many more like them.

Designed by a teaching team who continue to work in the audio industry - many of whom are members of the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) and Audio Engineering Society (AES) - this is a course dedicated to analysing how audio systems work. You will develop your flair for science, technology, engineering and problem solving, learning how to apply this knowledge to recording live sound, digital broadcasts, studio and location sound and audio-visual applications.

Working with others is at the forefront of a career in the audio industries and we will improve your communications skills so you gain the confidence to progress in this environment. You will get involved in real-world projects that reflect the acoustic issues and technical requirements you will face in industry.

Audio engineering covers an array of environments - live music events, loudspeaker design, studio sound, theatre halls and sound reproduction systems, to name just a few. You will graduate with the ability to understand the physical nature and behaviour of sound and use this to benefit audio production and performance.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University demonstrated strength in five emerging areas of research which it entered into the assessment for the first time, including in music, drama, dance and performing arts.

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We offer access to professional-standard recording studios and some of the latest computer resources for software engineering. You will have a variety of tools to practice acoustic analysis - measuring sound pressure levels, frequency and impulse response - allowing you to look at how a speaker performs. Digital signal processing software will also be available to you, enabling you to design your own audio software tools.

You will benefit from our strong links with the music industry and learn from guest lectures delivered by industry experts. Previously, companies including Prism Sound, manufacturers of audio products for recording studios and broadcasts, have visited to speak to our students. Students on our courses have also benefitted greatly from attending professional development training days from loudspeaker and PA manufacturers.

A common route into the audio industries is often self-employment, working with venues and clients, gaining experience that can often lead to full-time employment. We will help develop your communication skills so you have the confidence to take this path.

Artist in Residence Programme

The Artist in Residence programme gives our students an opportunity to work with professional artists and gives them a taste of what is it like to work on a professional music project. So far we have welcomed artists Chris T-T, Ian Prowse, I Monster, Tom Williams and Utah Saints.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

100%
Student Satisfaction
Student satisfaction*
*National Student Survey 2018

Course Features

  • Professional accreditations
  • Placements
  • Part-time study available
  • Sandwich year
  • Specialist facilities
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
Play BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering - Ben Mosley, Senior Lecturer Video
BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering - Ben Mosley, Senior Lecturer
Play Students working with Tom Williams as part of the Artist in Residence programme Video
Students working with Tom Williams as part of the Artist in Residence programme
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Life in Leeds
 

Entry Requirements

112
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 112 points required. (Minimum 72 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:112 points required. (Minimum 72 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
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More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Kevin Cowley & Jake Harding

Careers

Teaching and learning

We regularly review our courses to ensure we are offering you the best educational experience. This course is currently being reviewed for 2019 entry, therefore the information below is correct for students joining us in 2018/19 but there may be changes for students who wish to join us in 2019/20. The full confirmed details of the course as it will be offered for 2019/20 will be published from January 2019.

The modules you study throughout the course will develop your skills in six broad subject areas: audio engineering, audio electronics, acoustics, audio recording, audio programming and professional practice. Many of the learning activities on the course are project based, encouraging you to explore your own technical ideas and to develop innovative solutions to audio problems. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study - the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.

The first year will introduce you to the key techniques that are applied in the professional audio industries. The six core modules will help you consolidate your knowledge of and ability to use these techniques, ensuring you have the skills needed to progress to your second year.
Overall workload
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266 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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934 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
20%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
80%
Core Modules

An introduction to the technologies and principles that underpin analogue and digital music signals and systems.

Listen critically to spaces, audio equipment and audio material. You will develop your understanding of acoustic principles and the human auditory system.

The techniques and technologies of digital audio production, in and out of the studio. You will develop an understanding of digital audio workstations and their role in audio editing, sequencing and recording.

Gain a grounding in the key area of audio electronics. You will design, build and evaluate simple audio circuits.

Develop your understanding of the kinds of computer-based audio technologies that can be used within a creative context, either as stand-alone applications or along with more traditional audio tools. You will also develop an understanding of the internal structures and processing of the synthesizers and audio effects that are used in the production of music and sound.

Learn the key engineering and programming skills to be able to describe process, analyse and evaluate audio, and to solve audio problems.

Develop your understanding of the six subject areas that underpin the course, studying new topics and concepts that will add context to your learning. You will study five core modules and one option module, allowing you to start specialising your course and providing possible direction and inspiration for your final year.
Overall workload
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251 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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949 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
28%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
72%
Core Modules

Explore key topics within the broad, overlapping fields of acoustics and psychoacoustics, with an emphasis on their relevance within music and sound technology.

Study the audio signal chain and the key factors that impact on audio performance.

Learn about audio transducers, from the very commonplace devices such as loudspeakers and microphones to the less common such as hydrophones and bone conduction devices.

You will be given a project brief with audio engineering problems that you will design solutions to, requiring research, planning, teamwork, negotiation and practical skills.

Build your knowledge of digital signal processing techniques and algorithms, and the use of audio programming software in the development of audio effects and other computer audio tools.

Option modules may include:

Work on pre-existing recordings to craft a mix, and develop skills in mastering a collection of mixes.

Study a range of approaches to interactive and reactive audio system design.

Build your knowledge of the various techniques, concepts and skills associated with the setting up and operation of a live sound system.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

In your final year you will study three core modules. The Audio Engineering Project will allow you to explore a chosen subject area in great depth over the entire year. The remaining core modules will strengthen your understanding of acoustics and audio engineering and how to apply them in an industry context. You will also be able to choose two option modules from the list below.
Overall workload
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207 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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993 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
8%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
92%
Core Modules

You will undertake a substantial project in your chosen area which will be negotiated with your project supervisor.

The process of bringing sound and music to an audience in a variety of situations through sound reinforcement. You will study audio specifications, acoustics, surround sound, loudspeaker design and live sound systems.

From studio design to evaluating auditoria and from standard noise survey techniques to the development of innovative acoustic treatment solutions, explore the applications of acoustics.

Option modules may include:

Design, develop and demonstrate new interfaces for musical expression.

Learn the concepts and challenges of producing audio for interactive games.

Explore the history of community music and investigate the application of music technology across community arts.

Study spatial audio systems - from commercial entertainment systems, through to ambisonics and diffusion systems and how these can be used for the presentation of spatial material.

Ben Mosley
Ben Mosley
Senior Lecturer

Ben Mosley is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering course in the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts. His specialist areas are acoustics, audio system design and environmental sustainability in audio.

Play BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering - Ben Mosley, Senior Lecturer Video
BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering - Ben Mosley, Senior Lecturer
Play Students working with Tom Williams as part of the Artist in Residence programme Video
Students working with Tom Williams as part of the Artist in Residence programme
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Life in Leeds
 

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of our professional-standard music studios and equipment.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific optional costs

  • Headphones
    (Approximately £50). Headphones are available to borrow should you choose not to purchase your own.
  • External hard drive
    (Approximately £100)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of our professional-standard music studios and equipment.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific optional costs

  • Headphones
    (Approximately £50). Headphones are available to borrow should you choose not to purchase your own.
  • External hard drive
    (Approximately £100)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Music Studios
    Music Studios

    Write, mix, produce and record your own music in our state-of-the-art studios. You will be following in the footsteps of BRIT Award-winning musicians Piers Aggett and Kesi Dryden, of Rudimental, who both studied at the University.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

Headingley Campus

Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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