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Online Sound Design MSc

Places are available for the Online MSc in Sound Design

This distance online Masters course is for professionals working in sound production/design, to equip you with the skills to develop your career.


The MSc in Sound Design builds upon Edinburgh Napier University’s close contact with internationally recognised sound designers. The school also has an established record in listening and sound design research.

This is a work-based degree, which aims to deliver maximum impact by developing your skills and knowledge in order to become an advanced practitioner. The majority of the learning and studying takes place at work or online with some internationally renowned experts, giving lectures and tutorial support. There are opportunities to learn with your peers, and develop your professional network.

The Masters course is for you if you are:

  • Involved with sound design, and wish to develop a greater understanding of the subject area.

  • Involved with sound production but wish to move into the area of sound design.

Someone who designs sound and would like to gain postgraduate qualifications in the field.

What you study

This degree gives you the opportunity to build on existing competencies and develop new sound design skills. The emphasis is on becoming an advanced sound professional within linear and/or interactive media.

Postgraduate Diploma – the first 12 months

A 60-credit work-based learning module provides a tailored learning experience. You will be mentored by an academic tutor and draw on support from experienced academics and industry practitioners. You will develop competencies in understanding the principles of designing sound for linear and interactive media in order to become an advanced practitioner.

Three 20-credit modules: ListeningSound Design for Linear Media and Sound Design for Interactive Media, are also delivered as distance learning, allowing you to extend your knowledge in these areas.

Masters Degree – the next 6 months

On completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, you will complete a dissertation to gain your Masters Degree. The dissertation will develop your capability for independent research and apply your studies to your chosen field of specialization.

Learning in the Workplace

Learn, apply and evaluate advanced sound design practices in your workplace

  • Complete assessments based on your normal work activities, fully online, without attendance on campus

  • Study a balanced blend of sound design subjects to build on existing expertise and meet the needs of your organization

Receive online support throughout your course, with access to online tutors and industry experts

Further Information

For further information about the MSc Sound Design, and to note your interest, please contact: Dr Iain McGregor at i.mcgregor@xxxxxxxxxxxx or telephone: 0131 455 2788.  http://www.courses.napier.ac.uk/SoundDesign_W56742.htm       

Twitter: @SoundDesignMSc

“The MSc Sound Design is designed for current and future professionals working in the field of Sound Design”