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Part time September, January MSc 18-30 months
Creative Arts & Design (9)

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The MSc Sound Design programme is a comprehensive and flexible degree that combines theory, practical application, and research. Delivered on a part-time basis over 18 or 30 months, this programme is perfect for audio professionals looking to enhance their skills in sound design for linear and interactive media. With a focus on professional standards and assessing audience perceptions, you will develop a deep understanding of sound design techniques. The programme offers modules such as Sound Design for Linear and Interactive Media, and Listening. Entry requirements include an Honours degree and three years of audio professional experience, or equivalent industry experience. Join us to take your sound design career to new heights!

About the course

This online masters degree is for audio professionals who wish to enhance their experience with industry relevant theory and practices

The degree is made up of three parts: taught classes, work-based learning, and a research project. All of these elements are designed to apply theory and advanced practice to enhance current approaches to sound design for linear and interactive media.

The MSc Sound Design is delivered over either 18 or 30 months on a part-time basis. All of the modules are delivered by distance learning. In addition, you will also develop a deep understanding of how to assess approaches of affecting audiences perceptions of linear and interactive media using sound design.

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Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree. We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient professional work experience within the industry.

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Where will I study?

Where is Edinburgh Napier University

Student Profile


I wanted to keep learning about sound design techniques

My background before taking my online degree course was mainly studying for my bachelors in Digital Music Production Engineering in Mexico City, where I graduated with distinction.

After university, I worked in a variety of audio production roles and then made the decision to do a postgraduate degree because I wanted to keep learning about sound and explore different sound design techniques.

I liked the course structure at Edinburgh Napier and the opportunity you get to hear from experienced lecturers
I chose to study at Edinburgh Napier because I really liked the course structure for Sound Design, and the opportunity to hear from guest lecturers who have wide-ranging experience in different fields of sound design.

Highlights of my studies
During the interactive media module, I created an Interactive Zen Garden, which allows people to interact with different plants and depending on where they placed their hands on a particular plant, different sounds could be heard and some parameters were modified.

I also enjoyed working on my dissertation, which involved me learning a lot about Virtual reality and sound for Virtual Reality.

Through my dissertation, I had the opportunity to talk to many sound professionals with past experience in that field and that helped me a lot and encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone in order to meet and interview them.

While writing, and creating the sounds that I needed for the dissertation, I learned a lot and I enjoyed the whole process. Dr Iain McGregor gave me invaluable insights and recommendations about my dissertation.

Having the opportunity to travel to Edinburgh and receive my diploma, and being part of the graduation ceremony was the best part of it all!
Get out of your comfort zone and succeed

The biggest challenge for me when studying my masters was to get out of my comfort zone. During some modules, I collaborated with new people and worked with them on projects.

Other things were also different between my Undergraduate and my Postgraduate courses. For example, my Undergraduate course was a face-to-face program in Mexico City, while my Postgraduate course was an online degree.

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