Programme structure and content

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

The full time Programme runs across three semesters and takes close to a full 12 months to complete.

Work on the supervised dissertation project occupies the whole of the summer or 3rd semester period. Each semester typically includes 11 weeks of teaching, plus an ‘examination’ period.

Official session dates are given at www.ed.ac.uk/news/semester-dates. You can subscribe to this calendar in your preferred calendar reader.

Note that in this Programme we are not committed to avoiding all teaching during those weeks that are nominated as ‘examination’ weeks, workshops, concerts and showings are often arranged then. Any periods marked for ‘consolidation’ will in our case be dedicated to work on the Final Project.

In accordance with the University’s Curriculum Framework, the programme is of 12 months duration. It consists of 180 SQCF credit points, of which 120 constitutes the taught portion of the programme with the remaining 60 devoted to the dissertation component of the degree.

A copy of the Degree Programme Table entry for this programme is available here:

– full time: www.drps.ed.ac.uk/21-22/dpt/ptmscsndes1f.htm
– part time: www.drps.ed.ac.uk/21-22/dpt/ptmscsndes1p.htm

The Sound Design MSc

The sound design degree is designed with the following course structure. You will be enroled on these courses by default, but you can discuss with your programme director alternatives:

Semester 1: Introduction and Orientation (60 credits in total)

  • Audio Crafting (skilling up and developing your studio-related abilities)
  • Creative Coding for Sound (sound design and systems for making sound. Interaction)
  • Introduction to Community Arts Practices (very useful practical introduction to the ways community arts projects are devised, funded and delivered) or other course choice

Semester 2: Practice, Reflection and Action (60 credits in total)

  • Interactive sound environments (non-linear audio structures such as game sound)
  • Soundtracks for SCreen (sound and its behaviour in fixed media contexts such as moving image)
  • Audio Programming (deepening skills in programming computers for audio)

Summer period : Integration (60 credits)

MUSI11061 – Music Masters Final Project (MMFP) (your own practice-led period of research that helps you launch your career and go deeply into a specific area of your craft).

We know that the above menu covers all of the important areas contemporary sound designers need to be aware of. However, we’re also aware of the need to be able to customise and shape your learning in ways suitable for your own aims and objectives. Therefore, we have structured the programme with optional courses that can be swapped out. If you want to go off the recommended list above, you can discuss this with your programme director or personal tutor.