Taught course

Electronic and Computer Music

University of Leeds · School of Music

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Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in music or music technology, or any arts, science, computing or engineering subject that demonstrates relevant knowledge and technical skills in electronic music/sonic art.

Months of entry


Course content

This course focuses on the creative, historical, critical, technical and performative aspects of electronic and computer music, emphasising the many ways in which technology and musical practice influence each other.

A distinctive feature of this course is the balance it strikes between creative practice, technical skills and theory and critical/cultural/historical context in electronic and computer music.

You’ll engage with current thinking and practice in areas including experimental electronic music, sound synthesis, electrical and electronic musical instruments, signal processing, technologically-mediated approaches to composition, live electronic music, interfaces and interactivity, sound spatialisation, electronic music in the museum and more.

You’ll also explore the contexts and practice of electronic and computer music, bringing these approaches together through case studies and complete either a practice-led portfolio or a dissertation on an aspect of electronic and computer music of your choice for your major project. You can also pursue an optional module in another area of music such as musicology, music psychology, composition or performance.

Electronic and computer music is a broad and exciting field of research, you’ll learn from an academic team with a strong presence in the international computer music, sonic arts and electronic music research communities.

It’s a great opportunity for musicians, creative professionals, educators, scientists or artists who are interested in the integration of music and technology to collaborate across disciplines in a city with a thriving music and cultural scene. We have a variety of facilities on site to support your learning, including an electronic music studio which hosts a collection of analogue synthesizers, two recording studios, a computer music cluster, rehearsal rooms, performance and practice spaces, music psychology lab, and a large concert hall.

On campus you’ll also find many opportunities for extra-curricular activities in music and performance. We also have good working relationships with Leeds University Union (which runs a range of clubs and performance spaces), and external organisations such as the Science Museum (London), National Science and Media Museum (Bradford), BBC, Leeds International Piano Competition and Opera North.

Information for international students

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

Fees and funding

We have a generous range of funding available for postgraduate study. Find out more on the University of Leeds Postgraduate Scholarships database here.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)113 343 2583