School of Society and Culture

MA Music Production

Planned new course

Programme code 7545
Duration 1 year
Course type Full-time
Location Plymouth

Become an audio engineering and music production expert using the latest technologies in our new, state-of-the-art recording and production studio. Get under the skin of a variety of audio cultures to understand the development of sound in different genres, enabling you to develop a critical understanding and ear that will elevate your productions. Prepare for a career in music by developing your professional portfolio as you study.

Music Production
Careers with this subject

Graduates of MA Music Production will be prepared for a range of roles within the creative industries, one of the UK's fastest-growing sectors. Career options include audio engineering, developing film soundtracks, game audio, radio, and theatre.

Key features

  • Benefit from a range of music and sound recording facilities, including a new, state-of-the-art recording studio, individual practice rooms, digital audio workstations and instrumental facilities.
  • Be immersed in a research-led teaching experience through the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR), who are critical players internationally in music technology.
  • Hear first-hand from industry professionals in masterclasses.
  • Gain industry experience while studying via our Professional Opportunities Scheme, which facilitates placements in areas such as live sound and studio recording.
  • Get involved in a wide range of music-related societies and groups, such as our gospel choir, concert band, ukulele society, gamelan group, orchestra, and many more.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • You explore all aspects of professional music production, from honing your craft at the mixing desk in the studio to developing your critical listening skills and building an understanding of how technologies have shaped genres and influenced how we consume and produce music. You get to grips with all aspects of the music production process, learning through immersive workshops where you'll get hands-on with the latest technologies.

    While you study, you develop a professional portfolio of work that will set you apart in the job market, supported by masterclasses where you'll hear and network with industry professionals.

    Core modules

    • Sound recording in context
    • Advanced studio production
    • Professional portfolio
    • Post production
    • MA project

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (first or second class) or equivalent.

Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

International students: IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

New Student 2022-2023 2023-2024
Home N/A £9,250
International N/A £16,500
Part time (Home) N/A £510
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. More information about fees and funding.

Postgraduate scholarships for international students

We offer several scholarships for international students who wish to study postgraduate taught (PGT) degree programmes.

Find out about the postgraduate scholarships available to you as an international student

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business additional costs.

How to apply

When to apply

Most of our taught programmes begin in September. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full. 

Before you apply

Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:
  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.
If you require further information take a look at our application guidance.

Disability services

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. 

International students

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail.

If you would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858
Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced by downloading our Student Admissions Policy Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.