Taught course

Computer Music

University of Plymouth · Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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Entry requirements

For entry to postgraduate level, you should normally possess:

  • a first or upper second (2:1) degree with honours (in music, music technology or a related subject) or professional qualification, recognised as being equivalent to degree standard; or
  • an ordinary degree, foundation degree, higher national diploma, or university diploma, accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field.

Months of entry


Course content

The future of the music industry lies with computer technology - and whqat we can do with that technology. It affects how we create, perform and distribute music. Whether your're a practisin musician, a sound engineer or a professional looking to combine your background and passion for music, we'll help you explore key concepts at the heart of music, science and technology. Immersed in a thriving research centre, our future facing programme offers you a wealth of new career oppotunities.

  • Work as a part of a global research centre- the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR) - with staff, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers from all over the world.
  • Take advantage of the ICCMR's research collaborations with partners in Europe and the USA, allowing you to visit renowned institutions such as IRCAM in Paris, NOTAM in Oslo and CalArts in the USA to develop your research project.
  • Projects can range from innovative approaches to composition and performance using computers, and the design of assistive music technology, to studying how music is processed in the brain.
  • Gain the skills necessary to progress to to more advanced research at PhD level.
  • Balance your work commitments and further education with the oppotunity to study part time for a masters-level qualification.
  • Take part in the annual Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival. Showcase your work in publi, stay on top of new developments in the industry, and get key insights into where music is heading in the future.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you must have proficiency in written and spoken English (normally a minimum test score of 6.5 for IELTS, or equivalent). Given the nature of the programme, you’ll be expected to read and engage with complex theoretical texts and debates for which fluency in English is essential.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • ResM
    full time
    12-18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1752 585858