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Sound and Music Production MSc

University of Gloucestershire

What is Sound and Music Production MSc?

We’re the premier Sound and Music Production Master’s in the South-West. Students work on music production, advanced recording and mixing techniques in our studio complex, immersive and spatial audio technologies in our 22.2 speaker Soundlab, composition and sound design for film and media in our Dolby Atmos dubbing theatre, and a thorough dive into game audio via UE5 and associated middleware in our mac labs. Work experience and making industry connections are key to student experience on this course, with huge opportunity to integrate into professional roles in the UK audio industry.

The Sound and Music Production MSc is a Masters course that enables students to develop high-level skills and knowledge across a range of audio production practices. Music and sound play an essential role in the creative industries, and our course emphasises collaboration and employability in UK and international sectors. The course concludes with a final production project that enables students to specialise in their chosen area of practice, and to develop routes into industry and employment.

We’re part of UK Music’s ‘Music Academic Partnership’, and our students meets industry guests throughout the year, who deliver insights and masterclass workshops on the latest technologies and techniques. You’ll also be studying with key Music and Sound staff such as James Shannon, winner of the AMS Neve recording award who is currently working out of Splice Studios, previously with Pinewood, Dolby and Abbey Road (IMDB), BAFTA winner Tim Land (aka Landslide), creative Producer Ben Hamid, and Course Leader Philip Reeder. For quality of teaching, our Sound and Music Production BA (Hons) course scored 93% in the National Student Survey 2023.

Our industry networks and partnerships enable students to take up placements at music festivals, production houses and recording studios, giving them the experience they need to develop their skills portfolios and CVs, and make the step into industry practice as a working professional.

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Based at leafy Park Campus in Cheltenham and ideally situated between Birmingham, Bristol, Bath, and Coventry, the course gives students the opportunity to work across our Music and Sound facilities that are amongst the finest in the South-West. These include four studio suites, a Dolby Atmos equipped dubbing theatre, music production Mac labs, VR facilities, and our flagship space, the 22.2 speaker immersive audio lab. Feel free to contact Course Leader Philip Reeder for more information.

This is a highly practical course, and students attend workshops in our immersive audio lab, dubbing theatre, recording studios and production labs, where they are able to develop new skills and knowledge across the various subject areas. Students apply and refine their skill and understanding on a set of creative projects and carry out research into technological and commercial sectors, in order to align their work with the needs of the creative industries.

The final Sound and Music Production Project module, is an individual, supervisor-led project, where students apply their postgraduate knowledge and understanding and create a portfolio of projects that are aligned to their future professional and creative trajectories. Again, students make use of our industry standard facilities – and collaborate where appropriate with filmmakers, games designers, animators and other content producers – to create a body of work that will enable them to transition into professional practice and a sound and music production specialist.

Entry requirements

    • 2.2 degree with demonstrable understanding of the subject area, or equivalent industry experience.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire. Students usually support themselves through the postgraduate loan, private savings, family support or sponsorship from an employer. For advice and guidance on your funding options, contact the Money Advice team at or call 01242 714535. UoG graduates receive up to 20% off postgraduate tuition fees. Terms apply.
Start date Location Course code Total Fee (UK) Total Fee (international)
Sep 2024 Park, Cheltenham £9,350 £17,100
Sep 2025 Park, Cheltenham TBC TBC

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Possible careers

  • Music Producer
  • Sound Recordist
  • Immersive / Spatial Audio Engineer
  • Recording, Mix and Mastering Engineer
  • Composer for Games and Screen Media
  • Sound Designer for Games and Screen Media
  • Live Sound Engineer (Music)
  • Live Sound Engineer (Theatre).

Industry links

We work with our industry partners to ensure that our students are ready for the world of professional sound and music practice, and we regularly host masterclasses by external producers working at the BBC and Realworld studio along with industry specialists such as Clint Murphy who has produced Manic Street Preachers and 50 Cent.

Our staff have a huge range of combined business experience – including working with the BBC, Universal, Sony, Virgin, Orange and O2. In lectures and workshops, you’ll also hear from professional content creators and taste-makers who tour, record, design and produce music and media projects.


MAP is a ground-breaking collaboration between educational institutions and the membership of UK Music.

Its focus is on linking industry and academia more effectively to: nurture collaborative projects such as research and careers events; inform and engage with the next generation of industry professionals; develop expert knowledge-base to feed into education & skills policy work, and; provide individuals who want to build careers out of their passion for music with extra opportunities.

MAP is designed to maximise the relationship between the industry and the educational institutions involved. UK Music provides links and experiences that will help the employability of the students enrolled in those institutions.

Find out more about MAP

"Excellent facilities to support your goals"

“This MSc Course has taught me a vast range of audio production techniques, theoretical concepts and enabled a creative space to apply what’s learned in my own music practice. Friendly supportive staff, with excellent facilities to support your audio goals. The level you enter won’t be the same when you finish.”

Sound and Music Production MSc Alumni, Ben Asante

"A musical journey I'll forever cherish"

“Studying Sound and Music Production at UoG was a musical journey I’ll forever cherish. The professors, facilities, and collaborative environment set the stage for my professional breakthrough.”

Sound and Music Production MSc Alumni, Morgan Lyes

"A transformative experience"

“The Sound and Music Production MSc at the University of Gloucestershire was a transformative experience. It not only sharpened my technical skills but also broadened my creative horizons. I’m forever grateful for the mentorship and support I received. It’s where I found my unique sound and developed my signature style.”

Sound and Music Production MSc Alumni, Rob Grady