Taught course

Sound and Music Computing

Institution
Queen Mary, University of London · Electronic Engineering
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

An upper second class degree is normally required, usually in electronic engineering, computer science, maths or a related discipline. Students with a good lower second class degree may be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with unrelated degrees will be considered if there is evidence of equivalent industrial experience.

For international students we require English language qualifications IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 92 (internet based).

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find out more about our English language entry requirements.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Key themes: music cognition, recording and mixing, music production, audio processing, digital effects, machine listening, interactive sound and music systems, music information retrieval, new instrument design, musical expression

The MSc in Sound and Music Computing responds to a growing skills shortage in industry for engineers and computer scientists trained specifically in sound and music processing, as digital media become ever more advanced and ubiquitous.

Developed by the acclaimed Centre for Digital Music (C4DM), this programme offers you a broad range of study options in methods of processing, analysis, synthesis and manipulation of musical signals. You will develop the knowledge and skills required for careers in the technical aspects of audio production, sound engineering, broadcasting, intelligent signal processing, computational music analysis, music information retrieval and other areas of sound and music computing. You will acquire an in-depth understanding of data analysis and signal processing techniques related to human speech and hearing, psychoacoustics and masking, and instrument and room acoustics.

The MSc is intended for graduates in a related discipline, who wish to hone and enhance their skills, and for industrialists with experience of sound and music computing, seeking formal qualifications. The taught modules are fully supported with computing and laboratory work.

You will graduate with an understanding of how today's audio and music technology works, possessing the potential to become a pioneer in developing future generations of leading edge music technologies.

This programme will:

  • Allow you to shape your own programme, by selecting two optional modules per semester to complement the core modules in Sound and Music Computing.
  • Give you and understanding of how today’s music and audio technology works, but also help you to become a leader in developing the next generation of sound and music computing technology.
  • Give you an understanding of the design and software development process for music recording, analysis and synthesis for home, studio and live performance environments.

Graduates from our programmes have gone on to work for companies such as Ableton, Last FM and Mix Genius.

Information for international students

Please see here for more information.

Fees and funding

Please see here for more information.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Email
ecs-msc-enquiries@qmul.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7882 7333