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Interactive Sound and Music MSc by Research

Interactive Sound and Music MSc by Research

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Full time | Abertay University | 1 year | OCT-23

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Music Studies

Course type


Course Summary


Sound and Music for interactive media applications has been explored in teaching and research at Abertay University since the launch games programmes more than two decades ago. Today, our researchers are operating at the forefront in dynamic audio production for applications including games, immersive experiences, installations, and performance and play.

Research can explore both practical and theoretical approaches to Sound and Music. Particular strengths at Abertay include synthesis, integration of dynamic audio within game engines and technologies, and exploration of sound design within virtual and augmented reality.

Research in this area benefits from the facilities of the Emergent Technology Centre and adjacent Recording Studio. Specialist audio labs, recording equipment, and software are also available for researchers interested in the development, installation and testing of interactive audio.

Abertay University is the lead partner for InGAME: Innovation for Games and Media Enterprise, an AHRC-funded R&D centre for Dundee’s games cluster. Postgraduate students at the University will have access to research and development opportunities, as well as contact with professionals working within the games industry. Dundee is one of the UK’s oldest and most successful games hubs, and we have longstanding relationships with local, national and international game studios.

MSc by Research

The award of Master of Science by Research (MSc by Research) demonstrates a practical ability to undertake research studies, a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or the application of original thought.

How long is an MSc by Research?

If you are studying full-time, you will be expected to complete the award in 12 months. The minimum period to receive this award is 10 months and the maximum is 14 months.

If you are studying part-time, you will be expected to complete the award in 24 months. The minimum period to receive this award on a part-time basis is 20 months and the maximum is 28 months.

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Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for all our research degrees is an Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) at undergraduate level in an appropriate discipline and/or a Master’s degree. In some cases, appropriate professional or experiential learning may be considered in combination with a lower classification of Honours degree.