At Keele University, we’re different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We proudly rank 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for the last three years. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too. At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Astrophysics and Music Technology. In Astrophysics, you will learn to formulate and tackle problems – from below the level of the atomic nucleus to astronomical scales. Astrophysics is active wherever the laws of physics are being tested to the limit – and beyond. Keele will help you to use astronomical observations, mathematical models and computer simulation to develop theories explaining some of the most complex phenomena. You’ll develop your mathematics and computing skills, and apply them to solving a range of problems in the laboratory and beyond (you’ll have access to Keele’s own on-site observatory). We operate an open-door policy, which enables you to have excellent and flexible access to staff to seek advice or feedback on their work. This course is enriched by our research interests and international collaborative research programmes. This combined course is accredited by the Institute of Physics. Alongside this you will be studying Music Technology, which, at Keele is highly rated by students for quality of advice and support, fair assessments, plus detailed and prompt feedback (National Student Survey 2015). Led by inspiring creative practitioners and researchers, Keele’s Music Technology degree encourages you to work at the frontiers of the application of technology to composition, music production, sound design, screen music, audio-visuals and music software. You will study many different styles and genres, inventing, capturing, recording, mixing and manipulating audio/visual content using advanced digital media. You will also explore the theory of sound, the history of audio technology, and the cultural contexts of music. As a Keele Music Technology student you’ll have access 24/7 to our purpose-built recording and project studios, practice rooms, a vast library of digital media assets and also an extensive music library. For performers, there is a richly varied musical life on campus. Alongside the opportunity to do a module-based work placement in the local community, you can also combine Music Technology with components of Keele’s Music programme to create an individually tailored, distinctive degree that reflects your imagination and passions. Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. An Astrophysics degree from Keele will prepare you for many different careers, which need not be directly related to astrophysics. You could take up all sorts of roles in industry, management, and public services, including teaching, health and finance. Through the combined honours degree with Music Technology, you’ll also have the skills you need to pursue a wide range of careers involving creative technologies. Career paths open to Keele Music Technology graduates include broadcasting, recording, production, sound design, soundtrack creation, software design, song writing and performance, as well as original audio and audiovisual composition, studio work, and teaching at all levels of education. You might choose to work as a freelance sound designer for games and video, a sound technician, a community musician or a radio broadcast assistant. Graduates in music technology also develop careers as broadcast engineers, theatre stage managers, radio producers and multimedia specialists.