Entry requirements

The general entry requirements are:

  • a good honours degree, ie an upper second or first, in any subject
  • an internationally recognised qualification equivalent to a good British honours degree.

Applicants without a first degree, but with extensive experience in the arts or other disciplines relevant to our programmes may also be considered. Please contact the Admissions Officer to discuss this.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or if you have not studied a higher education degree in English, then an English language level of IELTS 7.0 overall with 6.0 in each component is required

There is a fair amount of discussion on the programme - both in the feedback sessions and in the weekly seminar-meetings. It is therefore very important to be able to understand and speak English well enough to participate in a group conversation.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA Sound Arts gives you an introduction to the vibrant culture around sound arts.

This is a creative, interdisciplinary course where we encourage dialogue and growth as part of a reflective community. You will develop individual and collaborative practice-based work in a stimulating environment.

You will investigate exploratory and innovative Sound Arts practices including:

  • experimental composition
  • sound installation
  • field recording
  • site-specific practice
  • sonic art
  • improvisation.

The weekly Listening Group complements your course material while introducing you to the vibrant research culture around Sound Arts.

The course is enhanced by a group of internationally active sound artists, composers and field recordists. They curate and participates in the activities of the Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU) and Audiograft, an annual festival. This provides a stimulating environment for innovation and experimentation in your creative practice.

Information for international students

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Fees and funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0) 1865 484848