Taught course

Sound Design

Edinburgh Napier University · Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries

Entry requirements

Students accessing this programme will normally possess an honours degree and have three years experience working as an audio professional, for any form of media. Candidates with ordinary degrees or non-degree level professional qualifications will be considered on the basis of equivalence to the normal requirement (for example five to ten years relevant professional experience).

Months of entry

January, September, May

Course content

The MSc Sound Design is delivered over 18 months on a part time basis. All of the modules are delivered by distance learning.

In the first year, you will study Advanced Professional Practice (APP) for three trimesters. This allows you to tailor your learning needs to those of your organisation or the relevant industries.

Within the first few weeks of this module, under the direction of your academic supervisor you will develop your own learning agreement, which defines the deliverables of this module. If you are an employee you will do this in negotiation with your organisation. If you are freelance, you may either negotiate with key clients or discuss an equivalent with your supervisor. Your supervisor will mentor you throughout the three trimesters towards the achievement of the deliverables. You will provide a reflective journal on your learning.

During the first year, you will also study one module per trimester:

  • Sound Design for Linear Media
  • Listening
  • Sound Design for Interactive Media.

These modules will be taken in the order determined by the date of entry to the programme. Each module is independent of the others. One objective of the APP module is for you to apply immediately, in your practice, the knowledge gained from these three taught modules. After successful completion of the year, you will be eligible for a PG Dip Sound Design. In the second year, you will complete your MSc dissertation in part time mode.

Find out more about entry requirements, scholarships, when we'll be visiting your country and contact details for your country representatives.

Information for international students

For international entry requirements, check the International website pages. Candidates whose first language is not English must possess a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with no component score less than 6.0 (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

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.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
18 months

Course contact details

Information Office
+44 (0)8452 60 60 40