About This Course
Students on this joint honours degree will spend half their time studying electronic engineering and half their time studying music. Electronic Engineering students will focus on aspects of electrical technology applicable in electronic music production including mathematics, circuit theory and design, programming languages and principles. Music students can choose from a wide range of modules, including, but not restricted to studies of media and popular music culture, recording and production techniques, the recording industry and undertaking creative music projects.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- You will study the parts of Electronic Engineering that are most relevant to the music and media industry. How sound and visual arts are recorded, transmitted and played.
- £2M investment in laboratory and teaching. We have a brand new teaching laboratory equipped with industry standard hardware.
- We cover a breadth of musical, intellectual and creative activity including musicology composition and performance. From Stravinsky to the Sex Pistols and beyond.
- We use VHDL hardware description language as well as C, JAVA and MATLAB.
- Integrated circuit design for analogue and digital electronics.
- Employers value those who are able to work as part of a team. We therefore have a strong emphasis on team projects.
- We also focus on design in order to bring together different aspects of learning as well as professional behaviour, ethics and standards as well as project management.
- Undergraduate students use and work in a clean room and have full training in clean room protocol.
- Music at Bangor has a concert series and runs festivals throughout the year these include student ensembles such as The University Symphony orchestra and resident professional ensembles. Study at an old university with a long and distinguished history of excellence in science.
- You will be taught as an individual. Music also offers one-to-one tuition for performance students.
- We assign every student with a personal tutor to provide support you throughout your studies on both an academic and pastoral level. Pastoral care is very important at Bangor.
What will you study on this course?
Please see below.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Music and Electronic Engineering Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
Core module (WXM 1002, The Study of Music): purchase of text book A History of Western Music: £25 (usual price £39) or core module (WXC 1002, Astudio Cerddoriaeth): purchase of text book Hanes Cerddoriaeth y Gorllewin: £15 (usual price £25) [earlier edition of the English version].
Although we are moving to online submissions as of AY 2017-18, a minority of modules may require students to print out a copy of the assignment (i.e. they will not be suitable for online submission). These costs will vary according to students.
Necessarily Incurred Costs:
Instruments, instrument consumables (e.g. reeds, strings), instrument repairs, will vary from student to student.
Pontio concert tickets - varies, but on average around £50 a year.
Optional year 1 module, Composition (WXK 1011) or Cyfansoddi (WXC 1011): purchase of text book, Composing Contemporary Music or Cyfansoddi Cerddoriaeth Gyfoes: £10 (usual cost £15).
Optional year 3 module, Teaching in Context (WXM 3270): DBS check, if applicable (may not be to all students, depending on project chosen): £44.
Software (if students wish to work at home rather than on campus).
Sheet music (if students wish to have their own copies rather than using those in the Library).
Optional trips (e.g. annual BBC National Orchestra of Wales workshop in Cardiff) – cost varies.
Additional Tickets for School Graduation Tea: £10 per head.
There are no additional course cost for Electronic Engineering part of this course.
General University Costs
Home (UK) students
- The cost of a full-time undergraduate course is £9,000 per year (2021/22 entry and 2022/23 entry).
- The fee for all placement, international and sandwich years is £1,350 (2021/22 and 2022/23).
- More information on fees and finance for Home (UK) students.
International (including EU) students
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for additional guest tickets (c.£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
For 2021 entry:
GCSE Maths, Eng (or Welsh) and Science required.
Offers are tariff based, 80 - 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:
- A Levels (including grade C in Music and C in Physics/Maths)
- International Baccalaureate Diploma (including grade H5 in Music)
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma in Music: MMP - DMM (including a unit demonstrating the ability to read staff notation)
- Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMP - DMM**
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical/ Extended Diploma: case by case**
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements), details here.
We also welcome applications from mature applicants
*For full details go to our website and for a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com
** Can be considered in conjunction with grade C in A level Music; or merit in the ABRSM/Trinity/LCM/Rockschool Grade 5 Theory/Grade 7 Practical; or IB Higher in Music.
General University Requirements
To study for a degree, you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com.
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more information about studying as a mature student, see our Studying at Bangor section of the website.
EU and International Students' Entry Requirements
For detailed guidance on the entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor University International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
This joint honours course is designed to prepare you for a career in the delivery of sound and vision. This course sits at the interface of creativity and technology. Past students have set up their own recording studios, become professional performers and also gone onto postgraduate study and teaching.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)
With the BEA, you can gain recognition for your extra-curricular activities (e.g. volunteering, clubs and societies, part-time work, etc.)
Bangor University runs a paid internship scheme within the university’s academic and service departments.
Volunteering widens your experience and improves your employability. Find out more about the volunteering on the Students’ Union’s website.