MA Sound Production

Established in 2009, this is a one-year taught masters course offering cutting-edge technology, industry accreditation and a dynamic learning environment, taught by staff with ongoing, high-level industry experience.

The programme of study is designed for recent graduates, and those with commensurate professional experience.

You’ll achieve a range of high-level skills in recording and producing studio, broadcast and live sound. Each strand of the programme includes certification up to Expert level in Avid Technology’s Pro Tools, the industry-standard software and hardware

Why Sound Production at Edinburgh Napier?

The MA Sound Production at Edinburgh Napier University has had wide-ranging success in providing high quality post-graduate education in sound production, with graduates of the course working in thoughout the industry. Based in Scotland’s capital city that annually plays host to the biggest arts festival in the world, we are proud of the music school’s continuous innovation and improvement since its establishment in 1968.

Based at Merchiston campus you will:

  • study sound production and engineering in a range of areas
  • benefit from the latest technology, well-equipped studios and industry advances
  • attend lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions
  • receive tuition and support as well as studying independently
  • refine and enhance your engineering skills
  • be living and studying in one of Europe’s most vibrant cultural cities

Visit: Living and studying in Edinburgh.

What you will study

Over the course of the twelve-month programme you will study:


Studio Engineering

Developing industry-standard workflows in analogue and digital recording techniques

Live Sound

Developing skills in sound system design, application and operation

Research in Sound Production

Developing skills and knowledge required to undertake research into creative and academic practice in the field of audio production

Audio System Design

Researching and investigating future technologies and low-latency audio transfer

Advanced Professional Accreditation

Offering the opportunity to gain Avid’s 310M Expert-level accreditation in the use of Pro Tools Digital Audio Workstation. This technical knowledge is supported with practical and contextual information

Broadcast Sound

Working in collaboration across the School of Arts and Creative Industries, investigation techniques for production of radio drama

Major Project

A final three-month, 60-credit module representing the culmination of your study. This module allows you to utilise the tools, techniques, insight and confidence that you have developed throughout the Masters programme. It is your chance to develop work that can be used as a creative sample when approaching potential employers or clients

Who you will study with

Core staff:

Dr Paul Ferguson
Dave Hook
Paul Harkins

Visiting Lecturers:

Lee McPhail
Calum Malcolm
Andy Jackson
Andy Wardle


Rune Lilledal Hansen
Craig Ainslie

Entrance Requirements

Applicants for this programme should have an undergraduate degree that focuses on recording technology or equivalent industry experience. A grounding in music performance and theory is beneficial.
Students must also have completed Avid Pro Tools training qualifications up to 210M Operator level. Opportunities to take these courses over the summer prior to the start of the programme are available to those who need them.


As places for the programme are competitive, students may be asked to submit a portfolio and take part in an interview prior to acceptance on the course.

We suggest that you pay particular attention to writing a strong personal statement when applying which includes a clear indication of your skillset, experience and background.


Ian Tomlin School of Music, Merchiston campus, Edinburgh

Visit: Edinburgh Napier Undergraduate Prospectus.

How to apply

Applications for all of the full-time and part-time version of the course is processed by the university directly.

Apply online here: Go to online application

Fees and funding your studies

Edinburgh Napier University has lots of funding options available. Visit the university’s main course page for current fees and links to the University’s rough guide to living costs in Edinburgh and options for funding your study.

Career destinations

92.3% of Edinburgh Napier undergraduates are in work or further study within six months of leaving (HESA, 2014). We also offer a unique personal development programme called Stand Out..

The sound music industry is notoriously competitive. The practical experience you’ll gain from this course, along with the industry contacts, will place you on a firm footing for entry into the field.

Graduates of MASP are now working throughout the industry; alumni include:
  • a lecturer at The Harris Institute, Toronto, Canada’s principal college of audio technology
  • a sound engineer on several released recordings, including a Scottish Album of the Year nominee
  • an employee of Focusrite, an international industry-leading, award-winning audio technology company based in the United Kingdom
  • a location sound recordist, working on big budget movies internationally
  • live sound engineers at venues throughout the UK and touring internationally
  • sound editor at The Dub Stage film sound facility, Hollywood, Los Angeles
  • BBC engineers at Pacific Quay, Glasgow
  • a technician at the Screen and Media Academy at Edinburgh Napier University

Visit: Stand Out – Graduate Support at Edinburgh Napier University.