Undergraduate 

Electronics with Music BEng/MEng

hands mixing audio in recording studio

Electronics with Music combines musical interests with a thorough study of modern electronics. Graduates of this degree programme are fully qualified electronics and electrical engineers with particular skills in music technology.

If you are an accomplished performer, you may be admitted to performance options.

Engineering at Glasgow

Engineering Societies

At the school of Engineering we strongly encourage student-led activity.

Three of the main student societies are:

Glasgow University Engineering Society (GUES)

Throughout the year the GUES hosts a variety of events from social meetups to industry and career building events. All students are encouraged to attend these
as they provide unique opportunities: whether it be a fun night out with fellow engineers of all disciplines, or a chance to talk to industry buffs in a familiar and comfortable environment. The society provides a chance for our students to relax during the busy semesters alongside fellow students.

The Female Engineering Society (FemEng)

FemEng is a network formed within GUES, with the sole aim of bringing the women in the School of Engineering together. In connection with pre-existing organisations such as Interconnect (Equate), WES and Athena Swan, FemEng has established strong links with industry and academics alike. The society holds events which are tailored to suit the women that attend them, FemEng helps to encourage the minority. Cocktail nights, bake-offs, talks from inspirational women and the opportunity to engage in overseas projects are just some examples of what to expect from being a part of this rapidly growing society.

Engineers without Borders (EWB)

EWB UK is an international development organisation that removes barriers to development through engineering. EWB programmes provide opportunities for young people to learn about engineering’s role in poverty reduction. By taking part in our activities, our members are making a difference to people’s lives around the world. GUEWB is one of the charity’s branches in universities throughout the UK.

UGRacing: University of Glasgow’s Racing Team

  • 32 Engineers
  • 20 hours a week
  • 12 months
  • 1 racecar.

Each year our School of Engineering participates in the highly renowned, ten month long “Formula Student” programme. Run by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE), this is an exciting and unique chance for students from across our engineering disciplines to join forces to construct a single seat racing car. Designing, building and finally racing the car at the world famous Silverstone track, the competition crucially develops students’ management, marketing and technical skills and is attended by more than 300 teams from across the globe. As a partner of IMechE, our School is proud to offer such specialised engineering and motorsport industry experience. Find out more at: ugracing.co.uk.

“My job as Head Engineer is to manage the overall design of the car and to ensure that the chassis, power-train and electronics teams are sticking to their deadlines. Following our win at the inaugural Russian Formula Student competition in 2014, the team have made tremendous progress. I have been with UGRacing for over four years; one thing in common throughout this time has been the strong team working environment and the passion everyone has for the project.”

Calum, UG Racing Head Engineer

The School of Engineering’s Industrial Scholarship Scheme

Taking advantage of our strong links with industry, the School of Engineering has launched an exclusive new Scholarship Scheme. The University of Glasgow Engineering Scholarship Scheme offers top performing students the opportunity to gain significant paid work experience and an annual bursary of £1600 whilst undertaking their degree. This gives our students a fantastic start to a future career before graduating. Amey, Leonardo and Mott Macdonald are some of the big industry names currently signed up to this rapidly expanding scheme. The scholarship is open to University of Glasgow School of Engineering undergraduates who attain a GPA of 15 or more at the end of their second year (some restrictions may apply). For more information:

Music at Glasgow

Musician in studio with guitar

Wht our students say

Name: Cemre Nationality: Cypriot

What year are you in? 4th.

What degree are you currently studying? Bachelor of Music with Honours.

Why did you choose this degree? I grew up in a musical family and I knew that I wanted to study music at university from a very young age.

What subjects did you study in first year? Music: BMus is a single study course.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Glasgow? Both the course content and the city were very appealing to me. I wanted a flexible course that allowed me to study different areas of music. I visited Glasgow a couple of times before I came to study here and I fell in love with its rich music scene and of course its sense of community.

What is your favourite module and why? That is a difficult question! Musical Culture through the Long 18th Century was one of the most interesting modules I took. Having the chance to interact with some of the most influential researchers and performers in this area, not only by attending their classes, but also dancing (or attempting to dance!), singing and chatting with them at the workshops and observing the original historical sources at the library made my learning experience very engaging.

What is the best thing about studying at the University of Glasgow? The approach of our lecturers. Rather than being expected to memorise some books, to compose in a certain way or to perfect a specific repertoire, I was always encouraged to think critically, creatively, and to explore the best of myself, through the pathway of modules I chose.

What do you want to do when you graduate? I want to work and travel for a while and then to start a postgraduate course in contemporary music practice.

What is one piece of advice you would give to incoming students? If you want to get the most out of your time at the university, always look for what is happening around you. Check the concert timetables, find performance opportunities, join a student club and try something completely new, volunteer, look for study abroad opportunities! There is something for everyone in Glasgow, enjoy it!

Name: Adam Nationality: British

What year are you in? 4th.

What degree are you currently studying? Music (MA) Single honours.

Why did you choose this degree? I chose the Music (MA) path to help me work out what I actually wanted from my degree and from life. The flexibility the degree path offers really gave me the freedom to study anything and everything that interested me.

What subjects did you study in first year? Music, Philosophy and English.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Glasgow? To be somewhere new but not too far from my family in Aberdeen. Being in a city so known for its music scene was exciting and the University is so gorgeous, with a great reputation.

What is your favourite module and why? The composition course as its tutors are so passionate and diverse that every day is just as exciting (and often crazy) as every other. Being in an environment where you’re encouraged to just be yourself and do what you want to do is so creatively freeing and I’ve grown so much artistically and personally because of it.

What is the best thing about studying at the University of Glasgow? The community feeling of the University, be it a subject area, or a society, there’s a sense of community everywhere. What do you want to do when you graduate? I’d like to compose and work in the field of music, and hopefully some research or lecturing along the way!

What is one piece of advice you would give to incoming students? Be yourself. In both your life in and out of the classroom. Take creative chances, do things that interest you. You came to study for yourself, try new things, and take classes you’re excited by. Grow. The worst that can happen is you learn!

Music facilities

Music facilities within the School of Culture and Creative Arts include three studios, the Audio Lab, a small library and a number of seminar and practice rooms. The School also has preferential access to the University Concert Hall.

Student work experience opportunities

Each year there are opportunities for students to gain work experience working either as the librarian in the School library or as an intern in the suite of studios, assisting with production work and carrying our admin and maintenance tasks.

Music club Glasgow University

Music Club is a student-run umbrella organisation comprising of a number of student-run music groups. All the groups are open to any ability and no auditions are necessary. The club is friendly and social, with most groups going for post-rehearsal drinks, and regular social events spanning the whole club. With five different ensembles and five concerts, as well as an end of year ball and a residential trip, music club is a relaxed and friendly way
of playing music while meeting some great people! For more information visit: gumusicclub.com

Programme structure

You will study the same courses in the first three years whether you are on the BEng or MEng degree programme. Both embed creativity to develop world changing engineers.

Year 1

You will take courses in mathematics and study engineering fundamentals including computing, analogue and digital electronics and electrical engineering. These courses are supported by individual and group project and laboratory work. The music component includes listening and repertory, plus either general musicianship or performance (subject to audition at the start of the year).

Year 2

You will study core engineering subjects of analogue and digital electronics, electrical circuits, computer architecture, a design project and mathematics, together with audiovisual composition, studio and recording skills, and one other music option.

Year 3 

You will continue the pattern of a mix of electronics (two-thirds) and music (one-third) topics, including systems design, communication systems, control, real-time systems, electromagnetic compatibility, mathematics, sonic arts and a music option. These courses are supported by project work.

Years 4 and 5

On the MEng programme your choice of technical options is the same as that of the BEng degree but instead of an individual project you will carry out practical team projects with other engineers. These projects will prepare you for a six-month placement, normally in industry, and often abroad. On your return, you will complete your degree with further advanced technical options.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Our international links

As an MEng student you will complete a six-month research and development project in an international company or research lab. If you have chosen to study a European language you may choose a host organisation in Europe.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2019

About entry requirements

SQA Highers

The S5 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades which, if attained in addition to successfully meeting mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests), will normally result in an offer being made. Students must achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5).

The S5 Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades which an applicant must have obtained by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5) in order for them to be considered for a conditional offer based on S6 results. Not all applicants who achieve the Minimum Academic Entry Requirements will be made an offer. This will depend on the number of applications we have received for a degree programme and the number of applicants who have met the Standard Academic Entry Requirements.

Where an applicant is made a conditional offer based on S6 results, the S6 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the cumulative grades that must be attained by the end of S6, in addition to meeting any mandatory subject and non-academic requirements. All degree programmes allow applicants to “double count” Highers and Advanced Highers in the same subject when calculating cumulative grades. A Grade B in an Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade A at Higher Level and a Grade C at Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade B at Higher Level. All degree programmes require grades in a minimum of four different subjects.

Advanced Highers

Advanced Highers are a qualification of increased importance to the University, which recognises that applicants with these qualifications find the transition to university easier and perform better in their university exams. Many of our degrees specify Advanced Highers as part of the S6 Entry Requirements.

If a school is unable to offer specific Advanced Higher subjects applicants will be made bespoke offers which will normally require the applicant to attain additional relevant Highers in S6.

Adjusted Entry Requirements

We adjust the Standard Academic Entry Requirements for eligible applicants who complete one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes. Criteria for eligibility include attending a Scottish target secondary school, living in a priority Scottish postcode area, current or previous experience of living in care or estrangement from family support.

For more information about your eligibility and our pre-entry programmes see: Access Glasgow.

Admissions Policy

A-levels and International Baccalaureate

The Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades at which any possible offer would be made. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

The Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades that the University will accept for entry to the degree programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

Admissions Policies

This programme requires Higher/A-level Music or Grade 6 in the Associated Board Practical and Theory exams.

BEng

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: A-level Mathematics AND either A-level Physics or Technology & Design.

Highers

  • Standard S5 academic entry requirements: AAAA/AAABB.
  • Minimum S5 academic entry requirements: AABB.
  • Standard S6 academic entry requirements: AAAAAB, preferably including two Advanced Highers at Grades BB (Grade B at Advanced Higher is considered equivalent to grade A at Higher).
  • Other mandatory requirements: Entry from S5 requires Higher Mathematics AND either Higher Physics or Engineering Science at Grades AB or BA. Mathematics must be at Grade A if Engineering Science is offered instead of Physics. Entry from S6 requires Higher Mathematics in S5 AND either Higher Physics or Engineering Science by the end of S6 at Grades AB or BA. Mathematics must be at Grade A if Engineering Science is offered instead of Physics.

We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants who complete  one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes: see Access Glasgow.

  • Adjusted S5 academic entry requirements: AABB/ABBBB.
  • Adjusted S6 academic entry requirements: AABB-BBBBB.
  • Adjusted mandatory requirements: Entry from S5 requires Higher Mathematics AND Higher Physics or Engineering Science: both at Grade B. Entry from S6 requires Higher Mathematics AND Higher Physics or Engineering Science by the end of S6: both at Grade B.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points including three HL subjects at 6,6,5
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 32 points including three HL subjects at 6,5,5
  • Other mandatory requirements: HL subjects should include Physics and Maths. SL6 will be accepted for one of Physics or Maths (or Maths Studies).

European qualifications

Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: European requirements: Arts, Science, Engineering, Accountancy, Social Sciences [pdf]

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

MEng

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAA.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAA will be considered for the BEng.
  • Other mandatory requirements: A-level Mathematics AND either A-level Physics or Technology & Design.

Highers

  • Standard S5 academic entry requirements: AAAAA.
  • Minimum S5 academic entry requirements: AAAA/AAABB.
  • Standard S6 academic entry requirements: AAAA at Higher plus AB at Advanced Higher.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Entry from S5 requires Higher Mathematics AND either Higher Physics or Engineering Science: both at Grade A. Entry from S6 requires applicants to have attained Higher Mathematics by the end of S5 AND Higher Physics or Engineering Science by end of S6: both at Grade A.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points including three HL subjects at 6,6,6
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 36 points including three HL subjects at 6,6,6
  • Other mandatory requirements: HL Subjects must include Physics and Maths.

European qualifications

Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: European requirements: Arts, Science, Engineering, Accountancy, Social Sciences [pdf]

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:


Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.


Career prospects

Graduates are fully qualified electronics and electrical engineers with particular skills in music technology. This degree is far more prestigious than a vocational qualification in audio recording and production, and you will be able to seek employment in both the recording and broadcasting industries, and also the much broader field offered by the electronics industry as a whole.

In addition, our graduates have found jobs ranging from designing Intel processors to investigating wind and wave power.

Accreditation

Our BEng and MEng degrees are accredited by the Institution of Engineering & Technology.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

BEng

  • KIS
    Electronics with Music: H6W3

MEng

  • KIS
    Electronics with Music: H6WJ

BEng students who perform well may transfer to the MEng programme on completion of years 1, 2 and 3.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see 2019/20 Tuition fees for details. If you are starting in September 2018, please refer to 2018/19 Tuition fees.

Scholarships

We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.

RUK Access Bursary 2018 Entry

The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship and  available to new entrant full-time undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2018-19 as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.

more information

RUK Excellence Scholarship 2018

The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent). 

more information

Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust

The Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust offers bursaries of £500-£3000 to students experiencing financial hardship. As a University of Glasgow student, you are eligible to apply if you have your ordinary residence in Scotland or outside the United Kingdom, and are either an undergraduate in your second year or above, or a postgraduate pursuing a taught or a research degree.

more information

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

How to apply

If you’re seeking full-time study you must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS deadlines

The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.

The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

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