Sound Design

MSc Online

Course Overview

UCAS code:
Duration: 18 months
Study type: Online
Napier code: 56742MM

This online masters degree in sound design is for audio professionals who wish to enhance and formalise their industrial experience with industry relevant theory and practices. The degree is made up of three parts: work-based learning, taught classes, and a research project, all of which are designed to apply theory and advanced practice to enhance current approaches to sound design for linear and interactive media. 

Guest lectures are provided by international practitioners with extensive industrial experience, alongside lectures, tutorials and other online resources with established researchers in the fields of sound design and listening.

Information about past guest lecturers can be found on Twitter (@SoundDesignMSc).

On completion of this programme of study you will have a conceptual understanding of sound design principles for linear and interactive media, and a critical awareness of sound production methods for linear and interactive media. In addition you will also have a deep understanding of how to assess approaches of affecting audiences’ perceptions of linear and interactive media using sound design.  Emphasis is placed on cognisance with professional standards for the production and documentation of ability sound designs for linear and interactive media, and familiarity with a comprehensive set of methods of assessing listening experiences.

  • Sound Engineer
  • Sound editor
  • Sound designer
  • Sound researcher

What's it like?

"I highly recommend this course to anyone. I have learned a lot, especially by being in a virtual classroom with fellow Sound Designers and being able to discuss and learn from them. This is a big bonus and it always helps with Networking which is essential to any freelancer. There are also loads of lectures with prominent people in the sound design field from the film, games industry and sound researchers too. So you are learning from the tops of these industries and fields."

Michael Quinton

Career prospects

We offer industry informed courses which combine the optimum balance of theory and practice to equip graduates for success. 95.4% of our undergraduates are in work or further study within six months of leaving (HESA, 2013). We also offer a unique personal development programme called Stand Out.

This degree gives you the opportunity to build on existing competencies and develop new skills in linear and interactive media sound design. The emphasis is on becoming an advanced sound professional within linear and/or interactive media.

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Requirements at a glance

Entry to the course

International students

Full-time study (per year)

The fees listed are stated per annum.

Part-time study (per year)

The fees listed are stated per annum.

Part-time study

The number of modules studied is dependant on the exit that you wish to achieve, for example:

  • A Grad Cert is 60 Credits (3 modules)
  • A Cert HE/Grad Dip/ HND is 120 credits (6 modules)
  • A Dip HE credit is 240 credits (12 modules)
  • A Degree is 360 credits (18 modules)
  • An Honours Degree is 480 credits

Please note that some part-time courses give modular exemptions for previous study and vocational experience. Advice is available during application.

Part-time study (per module)

  • A Postgraduate Certificate is 60 credits (3 modules)
  • A Postgraduate Diploma is 120 credits (6 modules)
  • MBA is 180 credits

Fees Table

Fees quoted are per academic year (for a full time programme studied in consecutive years) and reviewed annually unless otherwise noted.

Changes to RUK (England, Wales and N Ireland) student fees in 2015/6

RUK students commencing a four year honours degree in September 2015 will incur maximum tuition fees of £27,000 - £9,000 per year for three of the four years of their programme*.

RUK students commencing a five year MEng programme in September 2015 will incur maximum tuition fees of £36,000 - £9,000 per year for four of the five years of their programme*.
*A student’s last year of study will normally be the year exempt from incurring a fee.

RUK students who began their studies prior to September 2015 will continue to incur a fee for each year of their course at the RUK fee rate applicable to their cohort.

Other expenses

Working out how much you’ll need to live in Edinburgh while studying will vary depending on your priorities, but there are some things everyone will need to budget for. Check out our guide to living costs.
Funding your study

We have lots of funding options available such as the postgraduate tuition fee loan for Scottish & EU students, specific scholarships for students from India and Africa, as well as bursaries & grants for those closer to home in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Visit our funding pages to find out what you could be eligible for.

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