This programme uses mathematics and engineering techniques to enable you to understand how technology is applied to music and audio. You will learn how computers and electronics shape electronic musical instruments, digital audio systems, music downloads, sound effects and games. In addition to a team project in your second year, you will complete an individual final-year project that will be supervised by a researcher in our world-leading Centre for Digital Music (C4DM).
Martyn Ware, founder of ‘80s bands The Human League and Heaven 17, record producer and world-leading 3D sound artist, is a Visiting Professorial Fellow in the School and takes an active interest in C4DM, where he brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to these programmes.
The MEng follows the same structure as the BEng for the first two years with an additional two years of specialisation in advanced multimedia, music analysis and synthesis and statistical methods for signal processing. You can transfer in to the MEng from the BEng until the end of the second year, subject to satisfactory exam performance.
Year 1 Modules
ECS401U Procedural Programming (15 credits)
ECS402U Professional and Research Themes (15 credits)
ECS408U Electronic Engineering Mathematics I (15 credits)
ECS412U Digital Circuit Design (15 credits)
ECS409U Analogue Electronic Systems (15 credits)
ECS411U Signals and Information (15 credits)
ECS415U Introduction to Audio (15 credits)
ECS416U Introduction to Multimedia (15 credits)
Semester 1 and 2
ECS422U Skills for Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (non-credit bearing module)
Year 2 Modules
ECS501U C Programming (15 credits)
ECS502U Microprocessor Systems Design (15 credits)
ECS517U Electrical Devices and Applications (15 credits)
ECS521U Interactive Media Design (15 credits)
ECS512U Sound Design
ECS514U Design and Build Project (15 credits
ECS515U Signals and Systems Theory (15 credits)
Plus one from:
ECS519U Database Systems (15 credits)
ECS522U Graphical User Interfaces (15 credits)
Year 3 Modules
ECS626U Team Project (30 credits)
ECS602U Digital Signal Processing (15 credits)
ECS614U Sound Recording and Production Techniques (15 credits)
Plus one from:
ECS604U Entrepreneurship in Information Technology (15 credits)
ECS607U Data Mining (15 credits)
ECS612U Interaction Design (15 credits)
ECS613U Advanced Database Systems and Technology (15 credits)
ECS615U Digital Systems Design (15 credits) (pre-requisite for ECS617U)
ECS626U Team Project (cont) (30 credits)
ECS622U Product Development (15 credits)
ECS623U Digital Audio Effects (15 credits)
Plus one from:
ECS617U Integrated Circuit Design (15 credits) (pre-requisite ECS615U)
ECS624U C++ for Image Processing (15 credits)
ECS637U Digital Media and Social Networks (15 credits)
Final Year Modules
ECS770U Project (30 credits)
ECS701U Communication Theory (15 credits)
Plus two modules from:
ECS706U Advanced Transform Methods (15 credits)
ECS708U Machine Learning (15 credits)
ECS710U XML and Structured Documents (15 credits)
IPLM701U Introduction to Law for Science and Engineering (15 credits) (pre-requisite for IPLM702U)
ECS770U Project (30 credits) cont’d
Plus three modules from:
ECS728U Business Technology Strategy (15 credits)
ECS729U Music and Speech Processing (15 credits)
ECS731U Music Analysis and Synthesis (15 credits)
ECS732U Real Time DSP (15 credits)
IPLM702U Foundations of Intellectual Property Law and Management (15 credits)
PLEASE NOTE THAT ELECTIVE MODULE AVAILABILITY IS SUBJECT TO TIMETABLING CONSTRAINTS AND THAT MODULES MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Standard grades requirement: AAB, including A-level maths and a science (ideally physics, electronics or computing). General studies is excluded.
For information on our standard requirements for other qualifications, please see our entry requirements page .
Applicants should also tell us about previous programming experience, whether in a formal qualification (GCSE, A-level or other) or as an extra-curricular activity.
Vocational or applied A-levels
Acceptability: Accepted and subject to the above tariff requirements for A/AS-levels. Additional information: Must be in related subject, Engineering OR Applied Science.
BTEC Extended Diploma
Pass with D*D*D* in Engineering or Applied Science with grade B in A-level Maths.
BTEC Diploma (120 Credit)
Pass with D*D in Engineering or Applied Science with grade B in A-level Maths or ICT.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (60 Credit)
Pass with D*. These qualifications are acceptable ONLY if offered with two appropriate A-levels i.e. Maths/ICT grade B.
For 1st year only. 120 credits at level 4.Must have distinction overall.
2nd year possible.240 credits at level 5.Pass HND with distinction overall.
Pass with 45 credits in Access in Engineering at level 3, of which 30 credits must be Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or Higher. An additional entry maths test will be required if you do not hold A level Mathematics.
Acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications. Subjects and grades required: 34 points overall. Must include either HL English grade 4 or SL English grade 4 or above. HL Maths must be at least 6.
Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.
Learning and teaching
Classes include lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorial sessions. In lectures, you will learn core material, while in laboratory and tutorial sessions you will work on problem-based learning activities in smaller classes. You will spend 15-20 hours per week in lectures, as well as undertaking independent work and study. You will meet with your personal adviser regularly to ensure that you are settling in and progressing well. Throughout your programme, we highlight issues relevant to the professional context of your studies. We strongly encourage you to get experience of applying your knowledge and skills through paid or unpaid work opportunities or a year-long industrial placement.
For every hour spent at University you will be expected to complete additional hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; assessing data from experiments; completing lab reports; and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study and laboratory sessions you attend, along with your reading and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability. Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
Assessment for most modules is through a combination of examination and coursework. Coursework can take many different forms appropriate to the individual module. Laboratory-based modules are often assessed through practical assignments, while more theoretical modules may be assessed through exercise sheets or written assignments. Project work, both group and individual, forms a significant component of assessment in your programme. During your second year, you will undertake an extended group project and during your final year, you will undertake a substantial individual project. You will be guided in your project work by a supervisor, who will meet with you regularly and advise you on both academic content and project management issues. Projects are normally assessed through a combination of written report, practical demonstration and oral examination.
Fees and finance
Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.
You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.
Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.
For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.
See more general information about fees.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.
Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students
There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.
Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.
Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students
There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.
Find out more about international scholarships.
Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.
Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs
Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.
Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):
- A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
- A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
- Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
- You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.
Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:
- How to apply for student finance
- What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
- What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
- What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
- Additional sources of funding
- Planning your budget and cutting costs
- Part-time and vacation work
- Money for lone parents
For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.
Graduates of this degree programme are well suited to careers in the creative media industries. Our graduates have the skills to develop and work with the digital audio tools of tomorrow. A wide range of opportunities are available, for example in professional audio companies, with recording studios, and in the music industry.
What can I do afterwards?
A degree in electronic engineering or computer science offers excellent career prospects – recent research by e-skills UK estimates numbers of IT and telecoms professionals will grow at four times the UK average during 2010 to 2020. In addition to technical skills, you will develop valuable transferable skills, including:
- Project management
- Problem solving
Our graduates gain employment with both multinational corporations and small and medium sized enterprises, and some start their own business. For graduates seeking a career in IT, a huge variety of opportunities exists within the IT sector and other sectors, such as: finance, education, health, entertainment and the media. Roles include: systems analyst, web developer, software developer, games designer and IT consultant.
For graduates wishing to enter the electronics and electrical engineering fields, opportunities can be found in sectors such as: transport, telecommunications, energy and electric power, IT, aerospace, manufacturing, and education and research. Roles include: electrical engineer, network engineer, digital/audio media specialist, computer hardware engineer and communications engineer.