2019 start

Sonic Arts

Department of Music, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Specialise in the sonic arts with internationally renowned sound artists, composers and technologists. Develop and refine your own artistic voice and establish yourself in the exciting world of the sonic arts.
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Course description

Study with experts at the cutting-edge of technical, creative and theoretical knowledge in this rapidly evolving area of study. The course focuses upon the relationship between technology and creative practice, training musical students to use software tools and enabling students with a solid music technology background to investigate creative opportunities. Initial intensive training in the knowledge and methods of the field is followed by opportunities for increasingly independent research and exploration.

We take a broad and inclusive view of the sonic arts, embracing anything from sound installations to free-improvised performances, computer programming through to fine art practice, art in which sound is the medium and where sound
plays a supporting role.

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Core modules

Module information on department website


The course is informed by new technologies and methods of working. There are seminars, laboratory-based demonstrations and individual tutorials.


Assessment takes a variety of forms such as problem-based assignments and the completion of a creative portfolio.


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

I would highly recommend this course to anybody interested in challenging themselves and in creating highly original pieces of sonic art.

Andy Reeman
MA Sonic Arts

Entry requirements

You'll need a 2:1 in music or a combined degree with a substantial music component.

Degrees in other related subjects may be acceptable depending on your background.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

University and faculty funding is available each year. The closing date for applications is mid-January. The department has a small number of tuition studentships available. The closing date for these is the end of April. You can also apply for a small grant to support your postgraduate research project.

Funding information on the Department of Music website

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.