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MA Record Production

Course Description

We stand at the forefront of the academic study of musictechnology in general and record production in particular. This course investigates the theoretical and practical production of recorded popular music.

Investigating the production of popular recorded music from both a theoretical and practical standpoint, you will learn to combine a creative vision of the whole project with the practical management of the technical and artistic process.

Situated within one of the largest university music technology departments in the world, the course is led by a team of world-renowned record producers, composers, arrangers and engineers all involved in the recording industry.

Course detail

Designed to combine the technical skills of advanced recording techniques, digital signal processing and mixing with 'human skills' such as managing sessions, pre-production, developing your career, communication and performance in the studio.

Deconstruct and analyse the process of record production to develop the knowledge and skills necessary in understanding the contemporary, fast-changing music industry or as a springboard to further postgraduate study.


• Developing Your Career
• Advanced Recording Techniques
• The Development of Audio Technology
• Manipulating Sounds
• Performing in the Studio
• Combining Sounds
• Research Methods
• Dissertation/Project.


Modules comprise a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials. There are also master classes from staff, visiting lecturers and practitioners.


There are often at least two assignments for each module. We assess modules in a variety of ways. Written work is usually in the form of essays, critical self-reflections and learning journals. Practical assessment varies according to the nature of the practice – for example, CD recordings, although there will always be a substantial written component in the assessment.

Career and study progression

Graduates from this course work in a wide range of professional roles. For example, as sound engineers, post-production engineers, recording artists, studio managers, company directors, product developers, product demonstrators, producers, composers and re-mixers. Our students have gone on to work with many prominent artists, including Lady Gaga, Peter Gabriel, Bloc Party and Blondie, and organisations such as the BBC, Norsk Films, The London Synthesis Orchestra and Warner Brothers.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/how-apply

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/scholarships-and-bursaries

Visit the MA Record Production page on the University of West London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours degree or higher in Music Technology or a related subject, or substantial industry or prior experience in the field.This course requires advanced musical knowledge, but not knowledge of notation and instrumental skills. We will ask you to provide a portfolio of degree level or professional work, with a written statement.International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

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