Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BSc (Hons) - 2022/3

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 6

Final award and programme/pathway title

BSc (Hons) Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister)

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
Ord Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister)
DipHE Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister)
CertHE Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister)

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time with PTY URB10001 480 credits and 240 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies, Engineering (Bachelor), Music

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Music and Media

Programme Leader

MASON Russell (Music & Med)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • equip students for employment in the audio and allied industries by providing both the theoretical and technical knowledge of engineering principles and practice, along with the creative, innovative and imaginative skills of music
  • equip students to apply their knowledge and intellectual analytical skills to design and deliver engineering systems and creative projects, or services using contemporary technologies and methods which require the application of research skills; including a combination of general and specialist engineering and creative knowledge, and understanding the application of existing and emerging technology and creative practice
  • develop responsible skills for project planning and management together with some responsibility for leading and developing others
  • enable students to develop effective interpersonal skills in communicating technical matters with their colleagues from both engineering and artistic backgrounds
  • develop a commitment to professional engineering and production values, by demonstrating a personal commitment to professional standards, and to social and political citizenship, recognising obligations to society and a professional awareness of the dynamics (cultural, economic, ethical, legal, political, social or affective) which shape working environments in the audio production industries
  • cultivate in graduates an appropriate balance between creativity and discipline in their approach to sound recording
  • provide academic skills of research, experimentation, analysis, presentation and selflearning required for postgraduate study

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Principles, concepts and application of technical and scientific subjects relevant to audio engineering K
Electrical and operational safety K
Musical principles, performance skills and academic knowledge relevant to a degree in sound recording K
Laboratory and project skills K
Appropriate IT and computing skills K
Appropriate mathematical methods K
Select appropriate academic techniques C
Develop solutions to practical problems through the application of audio knowledge + understanding C
Analyse systems and synthesise solutions C
Critically evaluate their knowledge and understanding of subject disciplines and the application of relevant approaches and techniques to industrial situations C
Select and apply multi-disciplinary techniques to complex problems, analyse results, draw appropriate conclusions and present the results in an appropriate format C
Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical/rights issues likely to arise in the conduct of professional practice and an ability to formulate solutions through dialogue with peers, clients, mentors and the wider community C
Demonstrate competence in laboratory and studio operational practice P
Demonstrate appropriate communication + leadership skills P
Demonstrate familiarity with general and audio-specific IT and computing tools P
Plan, manage and execute recording sessions and audio post-production to professional standards P
Research information to develop ideas P
Manage projects P
Use scientific evidence and logical thought in the presentation of ideas T
Use general IT tools T
Evaluate information and requirements T
Apply creativity and innovation to problem solving T
Show effective oral and written communication skills T
Apply effective time management T
Manage more junior operational personnel T
Show teamwork and leadership T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time with PTY

This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over four academic years, consisting of 480 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5, 6 and the professional training year). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Year 3 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 6

Module Selection for Year 3 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 6

Choose two optional modules, either: a) one from Semester 1 and one from Semester 2; or b) one year-long module and one from either Semester.

Professional Training Year (PTY) - Professional Training Year

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) Y
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.