Degree and experience
Normally 2:2 in a related subject. However, given the nature of the course it is anticipated that students from a variety of backgrounds will apply. For example, practitioners without a good first degree but with a substantial professional experience and portfolio will be considered. Applicants with non-relevant academic qualifications may be assessed for accreditation prior learning (APL) equivalence on the basis of appropriate professional or work-related experience.
Due to COVID-19, we expect interviews to be online and the processes may change slightly – check back here for updates. If you've already applied, we will tell you about any changes.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. Find out more about the other English qualifications that we accept.
International students whose language skills do not match the IELTS scores set out here should consider applying for this course through our Extended Masters programme.
When you apply, you will be asked for:
- a digital portfolio on a platform such as Flickr, Tumblr or Blogspot. We also accept professional websites or professional, curated social media accounts
- a 500-word project proposal
Your portfolio should be a showreel of your own compositions or sounds works – this could include compositions, multimedia works or audio-visual projects.
We are interested in a varied portfolio, which might not necessarily consist only of refined work but may demonstrate work-in-progress with scope for future development.
The 500-word project proposal should outline your main interest area in which you would like to develop a practice-based research project. It is useful as an example of your thinking, research interests and professional practice. However, many students change their projects by agreement either after interview or once they have joined the course.