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Digital Music Technology BSc (Hons)

The digital music industries make a significant contribution to the world economy and will always need qualified graduates possessing the right mix of scientific, technical and creative skills. Digital Music Technology will give you the foundation you need for a career in digital music, from digital content specialist to sound designer. (This course was formerly named Music Technology BSc)
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This course will give you a thorough understanding of the science and technological skills which underpin the music and audio industries. 

You’ll learn about the intricacies behind modern, technology-driven music, from digital signal processing techniques to advances in artificial intelligence. There is a strong emphasis on the application of knowledge, leading to practical and marketable skills for a variety of careers, from music programming to sound design. You’ll also be able to collaborate with students from other music programmes to record, mix and master in our suite of comprehensively equipped studios, while learning about the important underlying electronic and computing technologies.

With optional modules in the final year, you can further develop your specific interests and tailor your degree to your intended career path.

Reasons to study Digital Music Technology (formerly Music Technology) at De Montfort University:

  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
    Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [ Office for Students, 2017]
  • Multi-million pound specialist 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  
  • Work placement opportunities
    You will have an opportunity to apply for a work experience placement, supported by our Placements Team; in the past, we have placed students with our Creative Technology Studios and Lionhead Studios
  • Award winning student group, Demon Media
    Gain valuable, industry-relevant experience by contributing to the Demon Media group, which includes The Demon magazine, Demon FM radio station, Demon TV and The Demon website
  • Enjoy an international experience with DMU Global
    We offer all students the opportunity to take part in a DMU Global experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. Previous DMU Global trips have included New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, China, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Russia and Italy to name a few.


“I’ve developed knowledge and gained many skills with this course, including studio engineering which will help me with my future business ideas.”

Stefan Gleave, Music Technology BSc (Hons)


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More courses like this:

Audio and Recording Technology BSc (Hons)

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Creative Music Technology BA (Hons)

Music, Technology and Performance BA (Hons)

Music Technology BASc (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: JW9H

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

Fees and funding: 

2021/22 tuition fees for UK students will be £9,250

2021/22 tuition fees for EU students: TBC - Learn more

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

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: JW9H

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

Fees and funding: For 2021/22 tuition fees will be £14,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

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.

Entry criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE. English 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: 24+ points

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 6.0 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 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments




First year

  • Sound analysis and perception (Core)
  • Introduction to Studio Techniques (Core)
  • Live Coding (Core)
  • Digital Music Creativity: Synthesis (Core)
  • Digital Music Creativity: Sequencing and Control Systems (Core)
  • Writing and Research / Academic Fundamentals (Core)
  • Audio Electronics Fundamentals (Core)
  • Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing (Core)

Second year

  • Further Digital Signal Processing (Core)
  • Procedural Programming for Music (Core)
  • Digital Music Creativity: Advanced Synthesis (Core)
  • Acoustics Fundamentals (Core)
  • Visual Programming for Music (Core)
  • Digital Audio Electronics (Core)
  • Further Audio Electronics (Optional)
  • Electronic Instrument Building (Optional)
  • Composing with Technology (Optional)
  • Performing with Technology (Optional)
  • Radio Studio Production (Optional)
  • Plugin Development (Optional)

Final year

  • MAT Research Project (Core)
  • Advanced Digital Signal Processing (Core)
  • Algorithmic Music (Core)
  • Music Information Retrieval (Core)
  • Acoustics Applications (Optional)
  • Sound Design (Optional)
  • Spatial Audio Production (Optional)
  • Advanced Musical Electronics (Optional)
  • Artificial Intelligence for Music (Optional)

Teaching involves a mixture of lectures, studio sessions, practical classes and laboratory work. Emphasis is placed upon gaining practical experience and applying it in a professional context. Areas of study include sound engineering, composition and performance, audio technology, music programming and computing, digital media and acoustics.


You will normally attend around 13 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 27 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required. You are assessed through a variety of methods including practical assignments, exams, technical reports, essays and presentations.



Facilities and features

Creative Technology Studios

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 video workstations, using the very latest industry-standard HD editing software
  • Television studios with high-definition 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.


The film studios located in the Queens building makes available multi-camera, blue screen and green screen studios for all students on our media courses. The green screen and blue screen facilities enable students to create videos that take advantage of colour keying to merge video with computer graphics, stock video and still images. 

The multi-camera studio replicates the most common setup for TV studios and enables students to practice techniques covering all of the areas of studio work including presenting, camera work, direction, lighting and sound. The film studios also includes a full lighting setup and a viewing gallery so that cameras and presenters can receive direction from the students taking the role of a producer. Using live graphic overlays students can successfully replicate news, shopping channel and chat show environments.

Campus Centre

The home of  De Montfort Students' Union, (DSU) our Campus Centre offers a welcoming and lively hub for student life. Conveniently located at the heart of campus, it includes a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. Here you can find the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and DSU’s shop, SUpplies, selling art supplies, stationery and clothing, and printing and binding services. The building is also home to the DSU officer team. 

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Opportunities and careers


Graduate Careers

Graduates have the key skills to pursue a variety of careers within the creative and media industries. Typical areas of employment include studio engineering, radio and television production, music for film and video, post-production, computer game sound design, technical sales and support, audiovisual installation, multimedia and web design.



Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global 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 DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 



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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