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Music, Technology and Performance BA (Hons)

This unique course is aimed at musicians experienced in performance and music technology, who are interested in how technology can enable innovative ways of performing and interacting with other musicians and artists and how it can give rise to new forms of musical expression.


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Reasons to study Music, Technology and Performance at De Montfort University:

  • 100% graduate employability
    in work or further study within six months of graduating from this course, working for companies such as the BBC, ITV, Sony Music, Sony Computer Entertainment, Warner Music Group, Ableton and Babel Media (Toronto)*

  • One of the UK’s longest standing music-technology programmes
    training future-defining artists for over 15 years and set up by our renowned Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre (MTIRC)
  • Multi-million pound industry-standard facilities
    our Creative Technology Studios feature a host of audio and radio production suites, and two fully equipped recording studios; allowing you to explore spatialisation, musical computing, sound recording and video
  • Flexible, broad-ranging curriculum
    focused on you developing a unique and powerful artistic vision, independence and technical mastery that will set you apart in the music industry
  • Highly skilled, committed and globally recognised staff
    at the forefront of music technology innovation, artistic practice, and research nationally and internationally, from Britain, the USA, Canada, Holland and Germany
  • Guest lectures with music industry specialists
    previous guest speakers include Merzbow, Mira Calix, Tim Exile, DJ Sniff, Scanner, Pauline Oliveros, Brian Duffy, GRM, Leafcutter John, Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle), Keith Rowe and Evan Parker
  • A dynamic musical community
    with frequent concerts and workshops, the Dirty Electronics Ensemble and university ensembles and student groups; many music-technology students also participate – or even launch careers – in the thriving music scene in Leicester
  • International exchanges
    offer opportunity for an extraordinary experience studying abroad; partners include Université de Paris (Sorbonne), Université de Montreal, the Royal College of Music, Stockholm, and Ionian University, Corfu
  • Award winning student group, Demon Media
    gain valuable, industry-relevant experience by contributing to the Demon Media group, including; The Demon magazine, Demon FM radio station, Demon TV and The Demon website
  • Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
    we offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons

Music, Technology and Performance is not a conventional music-performance course. You will not have lessons on an instrument or perform traditional repertoire. Instead, you will combine your music-performance skills and passion with technology to create your own original music and new ways of performing that may have never existed before.

You will explore topics such as improvisation, electronic-instrument building, human-computer interaction, the role of the human body in performance, site-specific and installation work, appropriated technology, live performance with film, interacting with artists in other art forms and the relationship between the recording and performing musician.

You will also study digital and post-digital history and aesthetics to inspire your creative vision and link your music meaningfully to the world. Based on your goals, you will choose specific compositional, technical and theoretical topics to research more deeply, particularly as you enter our highly flexible third year of study.


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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: JW93

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval)

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further studyWe are currently finalising our scholarship packages for 2017 entry.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: JW93

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: £12,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or direct application form

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Entry criteria

2017 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent, with Music or Music Technology at grade C or above or
  • Music or Music Technology BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE Music or Music Technology course with at least 15 credits in Music or Music Technology at merit. English and Maths GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ points with Music or Music Technology at higher level grade 5

Portfolio Required: No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.5 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments




Year one modules

  • Foundations of Music
  • Introduction to Audio Production
  • Digital Cultures
  • Creating with Technology

Year two modules

  • Ideas in Music and Sonic Art
  • Performing with Technology
  • Creative Coding for Music (optional)
  • Electronic Musical Instrument Building (optional)
  • Sound in Space (optional)
  • Composing with Technology (optional)
  • Audio Recording (optional)




Year three modules

  • Dissertation or Final Performance Project
  • Advanced Creative Projects (optional)
  • Installation Art (optional)
  • Performance, Interaction and Digital Technologies (optional)
  • Music, Media and Community Arts (optional)
  • Music Industry Management (optional)
  • Media Industry Management (optional)
  • Composing with Dance (optional)
  • Studio Engineering (optional)

Teaching is carried out through lectures, seminars, practical workshops and rehearsals and you will have extensive individual contact. Assessment is primarily through musical, practical and written coursework. 

Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, you will normally attend around 8-12 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 32 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.


Facilities and features


You will have access to state-of-the-art, fully digitally equipped performance and teaching spaces, including a multi-million pound Performance Arts Centre for Excellence building. 

Our multi-million pound Creative Technology Studios feature a host of industry standard video, audio and radio production suites and two fully equipped recording studios featuring analogue and digital recording systems and surround sound monitoring.

The studios provide facilities for the acquisition, editing and distribution of video, audio and computer-generated materials and files can be shared throughout the studios via a fast computer network, enabling a seamless mixed-media workflow.

Specifically, the facilities include:

  • Industry-standard video, audio and radio production suites
  • A suite of over 20 High-Definition (HD) video workstations, using the very latest industry-standard HD editing software
  • Television studios with HD video cameras, green-screen and virtual-studio capabilities
  • Two fully-equipped recording studios, featuring analogue and digital recording systems and surround sound monitoring
  • Broadcast-standard radio production studios with professional playout and management systems
  • Audio and video laboratories with high specification test equipment for signal analysis
  • Fused-media and motion-capture studios for the teaching and research of 3D image capture, modelling and display
  • A high-speed, high-definition, data backbone, enabling the integration of audio, video and computer-generated media projects Hybrid technologies, using the best of current analogue and digital media.

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Campus Centre

This is DMU’s social hub, housing a large food court, shops, the Lobby bar, De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), performance studios and our chaplaincy.

There are also Conference Rooms, allowing us to host a variety of events from workshops, lectures, practical sessions and group work to exhibitions.

In March 2016 work started in the centre to create a state-of-the-art new home for DSU, making it more visible, offering more breakout space and giving better access to its key services.

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Opportunities and careers


Graduate Careers

The creative industries are a huge economic growth area and digital music and audio are central to contemporary media. Recent graduates are now composers, sound designers, performing and recording artists and session musicians, recording engineers, producers, and audio technicians.

They also work in music management, theatre, radio content and production, television, music retail, music and internet publishing, software development, and music education at all levels. Graduates have found employment with large companies such as the BBC (radio and television), ITV, Sony Music, Sony Computer Entertainment, Warner Music Group, Ableton and Babel Media (Toronto).

Smaller genre based labels have included Ninja Tune and K7, as well as wide range of content and postproduction companies. Graduates have also worked for prestigious recording studios, including Abbey Road, Great Linford Manor, Townhouse Studios and Metropolis Studios. 

They also have a very strong record in entrepreneurship, with success stories in both freelance and new company start ups, in music creation and production, recording, sound design, music for media, music technology equipment supply and technical support, acoustics consultancy and studio design, along with online forms of distribution and sales. Some of our students make waves in the music industry even while they are still on the course.



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).



Work-based placements are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience, and can often lead to your first graduate role.

They are the perfect means of discovering how your studies relate to the real world, and provide an opportunity to improve your confidence and make contacts to help you get ahead in the job market.

DMU’s dedicated Placements Teams can help you by providing access to hundreds of opportunities, giving one-to-one CV advice and interview preparation, and offering training sessions and support from a dedicated tutor.

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How to apply

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We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with nine halls of residence – and around 2,300 rooms – all of which are within easy walking distance of the campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.


Your DSU

Run by students for students, DSU now offers more than 120 societies as well as 40 sports clubs. You can also get involved in the award-winning Demon Media group, volunteer to help in the community, become a course or faculty rep, and take part in the union’s annual elections. Find out more.


A city like no other

Studying here gives easy access to the vibrant hub of entertainment, shopping and culture that is Leicester. There are clubs, bars and pubs, as well as festivals, live music, theatres and cinemas. Leicester City Football Club play in the Premier League while Leicester Tigers are one of Europe’s biggest rugby clubs. Find out more.

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