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BSc (Hons) Audio & Music Technology

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Studying Audio and Music Technology at ARU

Discover how sound works and how technology can help you to master it with our industry-accredited Audio & Music Technology degree.

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Study at an award-winning university

We're the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year. We've also been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework – a reflection of the outstanding education we offer our students.

Use our BSc (Hons) Audio & Music Technology degree as a launchpad into a wide range of employment opportunities where audio expertise is needed. This applied STE(A)M course provides a firm scientific foundation that empowers you to master technology and produce the best creative outcomes.

Under the guidance of expert academics and industry-active practitioners, you can build a compelling skills portfolio for a future-oriented career in the creative industries, including studio engineering, live sound, film, video games, broadcast, and acoustics.

We’ve been committed to equipping our graduates with a relevant, balanced skillset for more than 20 years, giving you the technological edge to succeed in the creative industries.

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Professional facilities

As part of your Audio & Music Technology studies at ARU, you’ll have access to specialist facilities including:

  • Five recording studios featuring analogue, digital or hybrid mixing desks by AMS Neve, SSL, Audient, and Allen & Heath, with all spaces equipped with the DAWs Pro Tools, Logic Pro, and Ableton Live and plenty of hardware outboard (Drawmer, DBX, TC Electronic, Lexicon, TL Audio, Toft Audio), software plug-ins and instruments (Universal Audio, Native Instruments, Moog, iZoTope, Fabfilter)
  • Audio-visual studio
  • A spacious recital hall, band rooms and practice rooms
  • Five grand pianos, including a Steinway Model D
  • Many orchestral instruments, including a range of synthesisers; traditional instruments from India, China and Africa; and a Balinese Gamelan
  • An impressive inventory of professional-grade condenser, ribbon, and dynamic microphones (Neumann, Sennheiser, Coles, Røde, Shure), Ambisonics and binaural 3D microphones (Soundfield, Neumann), recording equipment (Neve, RME, Sound Devices, Antelope Audio, Roland), and other cutting-edge technologies (Audio via ethernet, Wwise audio middleware for games).
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Exciting opportunities

During your Audio and Music Technology studies, you’ll be able to take advantage of:

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Our Creative Showcase shines a spotlight on what makes ARU creative and cultural – our spaces, places and people. Find out more about our community, the difference we make, the stories we tell, and the things that inspire us. You can also explore the work of our graduating students in our digital graduate showcase.


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Our Audio & Music Technology course is accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support). Their trained assessors and accreditation panel members are working professionals with extensive knowledge and experience of today’s music and audio industry - so you can be sure our course will give you all the relevant skills you need for a successful career.


Our Audio & Music Technology course equips you with a well-balanced, blended skill set to carry out audio/music production across a range of career paths. You'll benefit from a solid applied understanding of relevant sciences and technologies and use it to your best advantage.

Our past students now enjoy successful careers in the music industry and beyond – from recording and mixing engineers, front-of-house engineers for live-music events, audio specialists and acoustic consultants through to lecturers and technicians, the choice is yours.

Join the JAMES Graduate Database after completing the course to promote your skills and portfolio to potential employers.

Develop your skills further by getting involved in the vibrant, collaborative community of students across the Cambridge School of Creative Industries (CSCI), for example by joining the cross-disciplinary ARU CSCI Podcast team or our in-house recording label across the music-related courses.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our renowned MA Music Therapy. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.

To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.

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“Lecturers encourage and support cross-faculty communication so everyone can produce the best portfolio possible.”


BSc (Hons) Audio & Music Technology

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Placement year available

You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.

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