Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Sonic Arts

This course has been designed to extend the core skills of the student, and to provide opportunities to acquire new interdisciplinary skills in a range of cognate areas. Graduates will possess transferable skills of particular relevance to employment within both creative and high-technology industrie

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Exceptionally, where this requirement is not met, appropriate alternative qualifications and/or appropriate professional experience may be taken into consideration as part of the selection process. International students must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

Course modules

Semester 1: Provides students with a detailed insight into sound and technologies used in both industrial and experimental contexts; this semester covers topics such as the structure and function of the ear; basic principles of auditory perception; surround sound recording; editing; mixing; sound synthesis and design techniques. Semester 2: Allows students to focus on current developments in sonic arts by enabling them to choose 1 of the following routes: composition and sound design; computer gaming; media and theory; music interfaces and interaction; and digital signal processing.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include continuous assessment, projects and a portfolio.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 3,466 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 10,730 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Queen's University Belfast Belfast BT7 1NN Northern Ireland

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