Music and Electronic Engineering BA (Joint Hons)

QualificationBA (Joint Hons)
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer120-112 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

Students on this joint honours degree will spend half their time studying electronic engineering and half their time studying music. At the School of Electronic Engineering students will focus onaspects of electrical technology applicable in electronic music production including mathematics, circuit theory and design, programming languages and principles. At the School of 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.

  • 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.
  • The School covers 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.
  • 99% graduate employment.
  • 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.

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • All our Undergraduate students are involved in real research projects during their studies.
  • The School of 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.
  • Small class sizes of between 25 to 50 students. This means you will be taught as an individual. The school of 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.
  • Bangor University was recently ranked 7th in the whole of the UK (out of 150 institutions) for student satisfaction. The School of Electronic Engineering is rated 1st in Wales and 4th in the whole UK for student satisfaction.

Key Facts from UniStats

Course Content

The course is interesting and allows us to be creative. The lecturers are friendly and nice to students. Also we have sufficient time to have one-to-one meeting with lecturers.

Wai Ting Mak

What will you study on this course?

Music modules:

Year 1

Core module:

  • The Study of Music

Optional modules:

  • Music Cultures of the World
  • Composition
  • Solo Performance
  • Making Music
  • Sonic Art

Year 2

Compulsory modules:

At least 20 credits from the following:

  • Musicology
  • Notation and Editing
  • Composition
  • Acousmatic Composition
  • Solo Performance
  • At least one Genre and Composer Study, from a selection that changes from year to year e.g. Reformation Music; Music and Ritual; Music and Politics in 17th-Century England; Postminimalism; Twentieth-Century Women Composers; Frank Zappa; The Violin in World Culture; Minimalism; German Romantic Opera before Wagner; Arnold Schoenberg; Boulez; Wagner; The Beatles; Beethoven and the String Quartet; Dvořák; Brazilian Music and Culture; Music in Twentieth-Century Wales

 Optional modules:

  • Words and Music
  • Songwriting Skills
  • Music Analysis: Schenkerian Techniques
  • Music Analysis: Thematic and Semiotic Techniques
  • Harmony and Counterpoint
  • Arts Administration
  • Music in the Community
  • Community Arts Project
  • Orchestration
  • Composing for Film and the Media
  • Max/MSP Programming 2
  • Ensemble Performance 1
  • Ensemble Performance 2
  • Publishing and Processing Music
  • Recording Techniques

Year 3

Compulsory modules:

You must undertake at least one project-based module. This may be in the School of Music, in the other School, or you may take project-based modules in both Schools. If you choose to undertake project-based modules in Music, you must choose between 30 credits and 40 credits from the following options:

  • Dissertation
  • Edition
  • Composition
  • Solo Performance Project

Optional modules:

  • Genre and Composer Studies, from a selection that changes from year to year e.g. Reformation Music; Music and Ritual; Music and Politics in 17th-Century England;
    Postminimalism; Twentieth-Century Women Composers; Frank Zappa; The Violin in World Culture; Minimalism; German Romantic Opera before Wagner; Arnold Schoenberg; Boulez; Wagner; The Beatles; Beethoven and the String Quartet; Dvořák; Brazilian Music and Culture; Music in Twentieth-Century Wales.

Other optional modules:

  • Songwriting Skills
  • Music Analysis: Schenkerian Techniques
  • Music Analysis: Thematic and Semiotic Techniques
  • Notation and Editing
  • Fugue
  • Arts Administration
  • Music in the Community
  • Community Arts Project
  • Composing for Film and the Media
  • Acousmatic Composition
  • Ensemble Performance 1
  • Ensemble Performance 2
  • Conducting
  • Publishing and Processing Music
  • Editing Medieval Music
  • Teaching Techniques for Instrumental Performance
  • Recording Techniques
  • Dissertation: Music in the Community
  • Vocal Pedagogy

Electronic Engineering modules:

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Mathematics I
  • Mathematics II
  • Joint Honours Laboratory 1
  • Circuit Design
  • Digital Circuits and Design
  • Circuit Theory

Year 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Engineering Analysis: Mathematical Methods
  • Engineering Analysis: Linear Systems
  • Digital Circuits and Design 2
  • Analogue Electronics
  • Joint Honours Laboratory 2
  • Project Planning and Management

Year 3

Compulsory modules:

  • Signal Processing
  • Electromagnetics
  • Information and Coding for Communications
  • Business Process Re-engineering
  • Microwave System Design Techniques and Applications
  • Control Systems

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.

Careers and Employability

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.

Employability and the School of Music

A degree from the School of Music offers excellent employment prospects, in a wide range of career options. Many of our graduates choose to become teachers, at all educational levels (up to and including university); others take up administrative posts with orchestras, opera houses, or arts centres. Music graduates are always needed in the media and in recording companies, as technicians, producers, programme-planners, and writers. Other possible career paths include specialist music journalism, music publishing, music librarianship, and arts marketing. Several of our graduates have gone on to become distinguished academics, composers, and performers.

Transferable skills

Our degrees allow students to develop a range of transferable skills (communication, creativity, initiative, collaboration, etc.) which are excellent preparation for entry into the civil service, industry, or into one of the professions.

Postgraduate studies

Each year several of our students decide to undertake postgraduate study, lasting from one to four years. Postgraduate study is an opportunity to further deepen your knowledge and expertise, and leads to a truly individual contribution as an academic, composer, or performer. Academic postgraduates often go on to teach in universities, while composers and performers make their way into the national and international arenas.


School of Music Careers Day

The Career in Music Day is an opportunity for current students to listen to advice from industry experts and meet with graduates who have gone on to careers in music. .

Employability and the School of Electronic Engineering

Our graduates go on to work in a huge range of different industries.  They are extremely valuable to all kinds of employers.   This is because our courses combine high quality teaching coupled with laboratory time. Our students learn the theory and put this into practice in the laboratory straight away.

Working in many different areas

Our graduates can work in many different areas, from automotive electronics to computer games hardware design and from government research laboratories to consumer electronics manufacturers.  

The mathematical modelling, problem-solving and project management skills that we teach our students make them attractive to a much wider range of employers which is why over 99% of our students walk straight into graduate jobs when they leave Bangor.

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.


Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place and there is a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements below are Engineering requirements. Please also check with the School of Music for any additional requirements.

For 2019 entry:

  • 120-112 tariff points from level 3 qualifications* in any subjects (Electronics, Design and Technology, Physics and Maths welcome, but not essential), plus GCSE in Science, Maths, English or Welsh Language at grade C. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at 
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).

For 2018 entry:

  • 120-112 tariff points from level 3 qualifications* in any subjects (Electronics, Design and Technology, Physics and Maths welcome, but not essential), plus GCSE in Science, Maths, English or Welsh Language at grade C. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at 
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).

General University entry requirements

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.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see

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 help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.

EU and International students' entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on 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.

More information

Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants

E-mail for General Admissions: or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717 

International students (non-UCAS applicants)

Email to International Admissions: or write to

Admissions Office
Bangor University
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

Course Costs

When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.

There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


Mandatory Costs:

Core module (WXM 1002, The Study of Music): purchase of text book A History of Western Music: £25 (usual price £39) ocore 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 Costs:

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.

Electronic Engineering:

There are no additional course cost for Electronic Engineering part of this course.

How to Apply

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

School of Music
Tel: 01248 382118

Why study at the School of Music?

  • School Excellence Scholarships - Rewarding Academic Achievement: students who start a BA course in the Schools of Modern Languages & CulturesMusicPhilosophy & Religion or Welsh  in September 2017 and 2018 will be eligible for an MA Scholarship. These scholarships will be available to UK, EU and International students who have completed a  BA degree in one of these Schools in Bangor University; achieved a 2:1 or above, and gained a place on a one-year full-time Taught Masters programme based in one of the Schools above. BA students who graduate with a 1st class degree will automatically receive a full tuition fee waiver for the MA. BA students who graduate with a 2:1 degree will automatically receive a fee reduction, and pay £1,000 fees for the MA. For more information about these scholarships please contact:
  • The quality of the teaching at the School of Music has consistently be rated as excellent. We scored 100% overall satisfaction in both the 2016 and the 2017 National Student Survey, placing us top in Wales and 1st in the UK among traditional music departments.
  • We offer one of the largest number of options of any UK music department, covering every aspect of the subject. You can shape your degree course to reflect your interests and strengths.
  • Much of the teaching is in small groups, providing a stimulating and supportive environment. The options include ensemble coaching and tuition in conducting, and a number of vocational modules such as Arts Administration.
  • We offer fantastic music facilities. The school itself is located in a recently renovated Victorian villa with a range of teaching rooms, practice rooms and social spaces for our students. We also have two fine concert halls (in which weekly rehearsals are held in addition to concerts), and four electronic music studios equipped to the highest specifications
  • We have six grand pianos, three harpsichords, two organs, and a full suite of orchestral percussion.
  • Our music library contains 30,000 scores, 3,000 CDs, and an excellent collection of books on music, and is open 24 hours a day during term time.
  • The School of Music is at the heart of the university campus, with easy access to libraries, cafés and restaurants. The University’s Arts and Innovation centre – Pontio - is less than 5 minutes’ walk away.
  • We take advantage of our local area for the study of music in Welsh culture, and draw on the resources of our Archive of Traditional Welsh Music and our Welsh Pop Archive.
  • We have a unique collection of over 300 world instruments.
  • All of our staff have international research profiles and are experts in their fields. In the government’s Research Excellence Framework (2014) exercise, 81% of our research was graded as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • Staff teach from their research specialisms, and so the course content is always at the cutting edge.
  • We have excellent links with local and national employers, including Venue Cymru, Sain Records, the BBC, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Our concert series is one of the most varied of any British university. It includes recitals by visiting artists, our resident ensembles, and concerts of electroacoustic music given by Electroacoustic Wales, alongside performances by students themselves.

Studying within the School of Electronic Engineering

  • The School off Electronic Engineering has been ranked Number 1 in Wales for Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2016)
  • Ranked 2nd in the UK for research. Our research expertise is reflected in all the teaching students receive. Students are therefore guaranteed access to cutting edge research as soon as they arrive at Bangor.
  • We are the oldest Electronic Engineering School in the UK.
  • The School is over 50 years old and can trace its roots back over a century to the Department of Physics.
  • Direct practical experience of techniques and equipment.
  • State of the art class 1000 clean room facility.
  • All courses make use of the well-equipped laboratories, networked computers and industry software in the large and lively community of the Schools of Electronics and Computer Science.
  • 30 years of IET accredited courses. The IET commended Bangor for its staff /student ratio which ensures both excellent student support and the creation of a very good learning environment.
  • Students can opt to spend a year working in industry during their studies.
  • Individual projects are often carried out in collaboration with a company providing valuable work experience.
  • Sponsorship and scholarship opportunities are available on a competitive basis.

Studying at Bangor

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation in award-wining halls of residence

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as their Frm Choice. Our accommodation has been named the best in the UK at the 2018 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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